Tag:Derek FIsher
Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 9:42 am

Matt Barnes is a Laker

Posted by Matt Moore

Remember how the Lakers bench was terrible last year? Yeah, not so much this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Matt Barnes has signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract Thursday, and also signed Theo Ratliff. So the one, merciful, mockable weakness that the Lakers had has been eradicated, replaced by a list of reasonable contracts for quality players. They're reserves, to be sure. Barnes has terrible catch handles and thinks he's a much better perimeter shooter than he is. Derek Fisher (now a backup with Steve Blake on board) is a defensive liability and has the offensive versatility of a tree stump at this point. Ratliff had a worse PER than Kwame Brown last year.

But it's when you consider how small of a gap they have to cover while the megastars rest. The Lakers added a defensive stopper to go with Ron Artest, a quality backup point guard (who has started for them for years), and a veteran center Phil jackson might actually trust to play. It's a terrific combination of signings. Not enough to match the other teams' signings this summer, but then, the Lakers didn't need much either. Being, you know, defending champions and all.

The Lakers have addressed their biggest need, which wasn't really a need , since they won the NBA championship with that weakness. Miami can add all the guys they want. Until someone else winds up with a ring, the Lakers still run this league. And they just got stronger.

Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:44 am

Bell Jazz sting clears way for Brown's LA return

Posted by Matt Moore

Looks like they may "Let Shannon Dunk" in LA again. With Raja Bell now out of the picture after trapising off to the Jazz, a spot has been cleared for Shannon Brown to return to Los Angeles. His agent told Yahoo! Sports that he and Lakers' General Manager are "close" on working something out to allow the 24-year-old combo-guard to retrun to LA for another contract to continue the title run.

Brown was considered expendable as the Lakers tried to upgrade their backcourt, but with all other options having departed, Brown seems like the safe lock. Brown, a fan favorite for his death=defying missed dunk attempts in garbage time, had an up and down year for the Lakers last season. When Kobe Bryant was injured, he stepped in and contributed brilliantly, scoring, driving, and attacking. But as soon as the Mamba stepped back on the floor, his confidence seemed to wane. Additionally, his defense is inconsistent, occasionallly being spot on with great help-defense and aggressive perimeter ball-pressure, and other times getting worked over and lost in various sets and switches.

Still, this will work out great for LA, who get a young, versatile, athletic player that can play either position to back up the ancient Derek Fisher, and just gives them yet another component of something that's already been proven to work. All the pieces are falling into place for another Lakers championship run.

Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 6:00 pm

Derek Fisher will remain a Laker

Posted by Matt Moore

You didn't really think Fisher was leaving the cuddly warmth of home, now, were you?

Derek Fisher has released a statement and has decided to stay with Kobe, turning down what are almost assuredly more lucrative offers, including a likely offer from the Miami Heat, to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher has been outraged by the Lakers' intiial offer of two-years at $2.5 million and had met with the Heat over the weekend. But whether it was a slightly better deal (terms of the deal are not known at this time), or the simple realization that Bryant had essentiallly made his career, Fisher has decided to return to Hollywood and see if he can't win one more.

Fisher will likely lose his starting position for the first time this year, after the Lakers signed Steve Blake. There's simply not enough to keep Fisher as the key point guard with as much as his skills have declined with age. He's more reliant than ever on veteran tricks like chest bumping the guard coming across the timeline to draw offensive fouls, a move that got him whipped around on several occassions late in the season when players adjusted. He's also fan of the hesitation dribble one-hand runner which works well in the playoffs because no one expects it. But his athleticism hurt the Lakers against the Thunder before Kobe Bryant checked Russell Westbrook, and Fisher had a hard time throughout the playoffs, though he did of course hit his usual number of wide open clutch corner threes, the biggest reason he's in the Lakers' system.

Fisher knows what to do and does it well.

Miami can add all the pieces they want. But the reigning point guard for the NBA champions is staying where it's safe and comfy. Behind the Mamba's gaze.

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