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Derek Fisher returns to the Lakers — but for three years?

Jul 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Fisher Trophy.jpgDerek Fisher was coming back to the Lakers.

He flirted with Miami, but they could offer even less money than the Lakers. And more than money, it was about comfort. He fits well in the triangle. He could win titles in L.A. And Kobe Bryant wanted him back. It was going to happen.

But for three years?

That’s what Fisher himself reports on his Web site.

“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.

The Lakers signed Steve Blake this off-season and expect him to get the bulk of the minutes at the point this season. Even if Fisher starts. That’s because Blake is a much better player than Fisher at this point in their careers — Fisher shot just 38 percent last season and was consistently burned on defense in the regular season.

But in the playoffs, Fisher is one of those guys who finds another level. The Lakers ran into Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and none of them destroyed the Lakers. Fisher did a good job forcing them to help. He hit his shots.

In the locker room, Fisher is the steady, positive influence to Kobe’s hard-driving personality. Kobe is the bad cop, Fisher is the good cop. It’s key, and Kobe knew that and lobbied for Fisher to get a new deal.

Still, three years?

Fisher’s skills are deteriorating and he will turn 39 by the end of this contract. We don’t know what the Lakers will be paying, but this is a three-year deal with Fisher having the option in the last year. That keeps him around through the rest of this run with Kobe and Pau Gasol.

For three years.

  1. georgieboy - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    I wouldn’t talk if I were U . Talking about old Give me
    a break will. what about the three grandpa’s ??? KG AKA/ Jeepers Creepers or Ninja Turtle Ray Allen and the real grandpa
    Paul “INGLEWATTS” Pierce, now them F…ckers are old.
    We Are The CHAMPIONS my friend

  2. SixPeat??? - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again. As long as Kobe, Ka-Pau, R-Test, Andy B and co. are together…they will keep winning (championships). Even when Phil retires after this next season, Brian Shaw will take over and still run the same offense and have somewhat the same style as Phil. Phil loves B Shaw and has been grooming him to take over. That is why Kurt bailed to Minnesota because Kurt knew it would be Brian Shaw’s team when Phil left. So…folks, don’t think the boat will be rocked when Phil leaves, B Shaw will keep the boat movin’ straight ahead. As for the Ego-3 in Miami, they will never win in the next three years at least as long has the current core of Lakers are intact. Now, at the end of three years, the creaks and eeks will start settling in on Kobe and maybe Pau and things may settle down a bit. Right now they are in their prime and no way Miami is a threat. I’m more concerned with Boston, Orlando, and possibly Chicago. Leboring will be a drag on Miami. I guarantee in three years he bolts Miami and continues to drag his name down the poop chute.

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