Kobe not shedding any tears over D-Fish departure

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 6 years ago '11        #1
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Kobe not shedding any tears over D-Fish departure
 

 

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Via LA Times:

Kobe Bryant is pragmatic about Lakers trading Derek Fisher

As the text messages popped up on his screen, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant laughed.

He had talked with longtime former teammate Derek Fisher, who the Lakers had just traded to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill. But instead of expressing sympathies over losing a teammate that helped the team win five NBA championships and provide another leadership presence, Bryant and Fisher simply appreciated what they already accomplished.

"He knows how I am," Bryant said after the Lakers' 97-92 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "We talked about the good times and what a fun time it was to go to battle together and things like that. But that's about as sentimental as I'm going to get."

Bryant wasn't kidding. He even said "no" when asked directly if he was upset that the Lakers shipped off his longtime teammate and confidant. It's an answer one would hardly expect. Fisher's return to the Lakers in 2007 softened Bryant's trade demands. Bryant publicly advocated the Lakers re-sign Fisher when he became a free agent in 2010. During the 2010 NBA Finals, Bryant revealed Fisher is the only teammate he's truly respected and he said "no" on Friday when asked if there's any current or former teammte that's closer to him. Bryant provided a simple explanation for his stoic reaction.

"I've been here for a while and I've seen some of my closest friends go starting with Caron [Butler], Ronny Turiaf, Lamar Odom and Derek. I've been through it so many times before."

It also helps that Fisher's departure coincided with the acquisition of point guard Ramon Sessions from Cleveland for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, a first-round pick and less than $1 million in cash. Despite having minimal contact with teammates, logging no practice time and learning plays on the fly, Sessions posted seven points on three-of-six shooting, five a.ssists and four rebounds.

The effort prompted Bryant to rave about his basketball IQ, ability to run pick-and-roll plays and, of course, it increased Bryant's scoring chances.

"It makes my job a lot easier," said Bryant, who scored 28 points on nine-of-20 shooting, including five of eight from three-point range. "I get a lot of easier opportunities. I sit on the perimeter. I got a lot of spot-up shots tonight both from his break-down penetration and from teams collapsing on Andrew [Bynum]."

Bryant hardly enjoyed that luxury with Fisher, whose declining speed and inconsistent shooting partly prompted the Lakers to seek an upgrade at point guard. Still, Bryant acknowledged it's going to be "very difficult" and "pretty weird" to no longer be playing alongside his long-time co-captain.

He joked Fisher's co-captain role made it easier for him because "I didn't have to go to half court and meet with the refs before the game." But his value obviously extended beyond that. Fisher possessed a nurturing enough personality to serve as a bridge for teammates that often have been afraid of Bryant. Fisher's determined attitude often kept Bryant's stubbornness in check. And, of course, Fisher's storied reputation as clutch shooter.

"The experience of winning five championships doesn't happen by accident," Bryant said. "There's a reason why players who have won multiple championships have multiple championships. There's a certain characteristic and understanding and knowledge. that's not something easily taught. You have to go through it and that's something that's part of the DNA from the beginning. That's something that's obviously tough to replace but we believe Sessions has that DNA." image

It remains to be seen whether that will be enough. Or if Pau Gasol a.ssuming the co-captain position will actually make a difference. Only Fisher ever had the ability to keep a locker room run by Bryant from falling apart. But Bryant refused to harp over the deal, stew about how the trade went down or reveal how Fisher has handeled his departure.

"Ask Derek. He's much more politically correct than I am," Bryant said. "I'm sure Derek will answer it the best way he sees fit."

Instead, Bryant will just laugh and enjoy the memories they once had.

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 6 years ago '07        #2
joshdogg26 193 heat pts193
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At the end of the day, there’s one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts. We have won five championships together.

I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles. While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this off season, it is the most valuable. I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin…
 03-17-2012, 10:35 AM         #3
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probably going through denial. no fish, no phil jackson.....................career is over. guess he's goin for a couple more scoring titles before he's done for good
 03-17-2012, 10:36 AM         #4
Silver N Black 
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:lol4: no surprise, we saw that police report and shaq's name on it.......
 6 years ago '07        #5
joshdogg26 193 heat pts193
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 J.R. Hyphy said:
man lets be real, as far as ball is concerned Fisher has been a liability for the past few years.
well right before last season, kobe seemed to feel differently:

"We need to have him back, it's as simple as that," Bryant said about his fellow co-captain with whom Bryant joined the Lakers as rookies together back in 1996. "It's not a question of if he will be back; it's a matter of when."

"I don't care what [the cost] is," said Bryant, who also said some variation of the phrase "we need Derek back" six times during his comments on the subject -- once for every ring the pair can win together if Fisher comes back to capture a third straight championship next year. "They need to work that out and get him back because his significance to our ballclub and to me cannot be understated.


"He's our big-shot maker, he complements me in terms of leadership in the locker room because he's the guy that puts his arms around everybody and he's our emotional leader and that allows me to be the taskmaster. We need to get him back and have him be a part of this group and in the fold.


"I'm optimistic that it will happen but we got to get that done."
 6 years ago '04        #6
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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fu*k Kobe.

He has to be the last person to shoot the ball from now on....cause the only guy besides him I trusted to take that shot got traded and is about to be brought out by the Rockets.

If Fisher didntmake them clutch 3s or shots....we would have been fu*ked. Fact.

Btw Sea....9yrs and no rings
 6 years ago '04        #7
A.G 27 heat pts27
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 joshdogg26 said:
well right before last season, kobe seemed to feel differently:



Before last season, coming off a title in 2010....

The Lakers are coming off a season where they were swept out of the playoffs and repeatedly got torched by PG's.

The man cares about his legacy far more than he cares about playing with his friends.
 6 years ago '05        #8
Chuck_Remixed 252 heat pts252
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Mannn..............fu*k Kobe
 6 years ago '11        #9
Chad09 160 heat pts160
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Kobe is a a.ssassin, he don't care about friends.
 6 years ago '09        #10
TriniSoldier 64 heat pts64
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 Chad09 said:
Kobe is a a.ssassin, he don't care about friends.
"I don't care what [the cost] is," said Bryant, who also said some variation of the phrase "we need Derek back" six times during his comments on the subject -- once for every ring the pair can win together if Fisher comes back to capture a third straight championship next year. "They need to work that out and get him back because his significance to our ballclub and to me cannot be understated.

 6 years ago '06        #11
Don Kaliko 14 heat pts14
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basically, he's saying, "it's time to move on and focus on the 6th ring."
 6 years ago '05        #12
GUNIT-FINEST 
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typical bx haters kobe gonna do what he has to do move on and lead us . fisher was great but let be real he might be the worst pg in the league that is a young man spot now and with his size and lack of speed he couldn't do much for us. plus we saving money it something that had to be done.
 6 years ago '05        #13
GUNIT-FINEST 
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i cant wait to see bx excuses when kobe wins hsi 6th without Phil and without Fisher . Something MJ never did can't wait to see bx excuses for that but...but..but...
 6 years ago '06        #14
28 Gramz 51 heat pts51
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Sounds like real sh*t to me, Bron would have been shedding crocidile tears playing I'll Always Love You in the background if he was asked this question. He's friends with the dude but it's a buisness and he's tryin to win a ring
 03-17-2012, 11:34 AM         #15
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I don't think he wants to get to 6 and have that "Scottie Pippen" card hanging over his head like they do with Jordan. I think Fish has been around for all 5. He wants to do one without him. At least one.

Pour one out for Fish and watch game 4 of the Mavs Lakers series up in this bi*ch
 03-17-2012, 11:41 AM         #16
RoB J34 
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Good things don't last forever
 03-17-2012, 11:57 AM         #17
Nate187um 
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well obviously for those who watch basketball fisher is a.ss this year so who gives a fu*k what kobe said before the season???????????

lmao @ yal expecting him to be on some hoe sh*t like your fav players would be

silly f*ggots
 6 years ago '11        #18
does any 1 care 19 heat pts19
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 GUNIT-FINEST said:
i cant wait to see bx excuses when kobe wins hsi 6th without Phil and without Fisher . Something MJ never did can't wait to see bx excuses for that but...but..but...
calm down we ain't even the best team in the west.
 6 years ago '06        #19
Don Kaliko 14 heat pts14
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 does any 1 care said:
calm down we ain't even the best team in the west.
they're in contention and one of the best in the west; the championship is pretty much up for grabs and I believe the lakers could win it this year.
 6 years ago '11        #20
does any 1 care 19 heat pts19
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 Don Kaliko said:
they're in contention and one of the best in the west; the championship is pretty much up for grabs and I believe the lakers could win it this year.
We are one of the best, but I'm still worried about the Thunder and the Mavs
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