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Kobe understands Fisher trade better than some Lakers fans

Mar 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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It’s a cold business with little room for sentimentality.

Derek Fisher was part of the problem for the Lakers at the point guard spot. If the Lakers were going to have any shot at a ring they needed an upgrade — Ramon Sessions is an upgrade. A big upgrade. Steve Blake is a solid backup.

So the Lakers moved Fisher — which sent some Lakers fans over the edge. Not all, but it did the oversized lunatic fringe of Lakers fans.

But Kobe Bryant gets it. He’s sad but not mad. Look at what he said, via the Orange County Register.

“I’ve been here a while and had some of my closest friends go starting with Caron (Butler), Ronny Turiaf, Lamar Odom and now Derek,” Bryant said a day after the Lakers traded Fisher. “I’ve been through it many times before….

“He knows how I am,” Bryant said. “We talked about the good times and you know what a fun time we had going into battle together. But that’s as sentimental as I’m going to get.”

Kobe loves Fisher. He’d love ring number six more. Sessions brings them closer to that — with him they may be the second best team in the West. To have Fisher on the bench (not playing much as the third PG) would have been an awkward political situation. Better to make a clean break and move him.

And no, Lakers fans, they cannot bring back Kobe’s friend. The Rockets are buying Fisher out but the CBA prevents the Lakers from re-signing him this season.

Kobe’s other friend Turiaf on the other hand

  1. losangelasbasketball - Mar 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Cold-blooded-killers have no friends…

  2. tampajoey - Mar 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Who cares if your friends don’t play on your team. This isn’t the YMCA League!

  3. addict2sport - Mar 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Why would they need Turiaf?

  4. bimbomoose - Mar 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I appreciate all Derek did for the lakers, a true professional.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Kobe wants ring no. 6. He’d probably trade his right arm for it!!

  6. kerby720 - Mar 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Couldn’t they now bring him in as an assistant coach? I know the CBA prevents them from resigning players, but what about as an assistant?

  7. brewdogg - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    And this comes as a surprise? This is Hollywood’s team. Is there any other place in the world where name means more than talent and having the right friends can carry you along? It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Fisher was thought to be untouchable.

  8. progress2011 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Dude went 3 for 20 tonight. For those delirious laker fans, how is this not a ball hawk !

    He leads the league in scoring, only because he has taken 194 shots more than Durant, but only leads Durant by 42 total points !

    Now that they got a pg they wanted, who is he gonna point the finger at next! Anytime the lakers go on a losing streak, he blames Shaq, Horry, Gasol, D-Fish, Bynum….everyone on the floor, except himself.

    Never mind his Wild, out of control, Harlem Globetrotter, And1 trick shots. The guy never learned how to play fundamental basketball. And it’s not, throw the ball at the rim, 1 on 4, no matter what.

    kobe is why Dwight Howard didn’t come because kobe told the man, he would be the third option…..REALLY.

    If kobe cared anything about the laker franchise, he would have traded himself ! Which would have allowed the lakers to rebuild with a good young core.
    Ex: Monta Ellis and Dwight Howard

    • loungefly74 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      21 thumbs down says it all…

      okay…trade himself? uh…okay.

      D-Howard had no clue what he wanted to do until a couple days ago…i don’t know if i would say Kobe was the reason he didn’t go to LA…

      he does play SG…Durant is a SF. logistically, Durant should have better shot selections ergo, higher FG %…okay, he is a ball hawk. fine. but i like my chances with him every time. his track record proves it.

      okay, Kobe had a bad game and he has those every now and then…and it really shows because its his team. BUT understand, every SINGLE team in the league would glady have the success he has had…5 Titles. yeah, of course he didn’t do it by himself, no one does…but he was a pivotal player on the those championship teams.

      so, go ahead and spew your slanted take on Kobe. fine…hate him. but as a Laker fan, I am very happy with what he has done throughout his career.

      one more thing…tell me who has had more success than Kobe in the past 15 years? i’m just asking for 1 player…yeah, no one, right?

      please tell me who your team and player is. i would love to give ya the laundry list of their shortcomings compared to Kobe and the Lakers.

      • progress2011 - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Delirious Loungefly….MAN, you are all over the place. Your response sounds like someone trying to stop smoking.

        OK, No I won’t, Yes I can, I believe, that can’t be true….ahahahahaha

        Numbers don’t lie…I gave them to you….read them again if necessary because it’s not one game, its almost 200 more shots ( in his case ) throws at the rim.

        He was a contributor on 2 titles….the other 3 belong to the MVP of all 3, The Diesel. Ya’ll crack me up, trying to give him credit for 5, when he was a second wheel….At Best !
        If we are simply counting rings, Horry has 7 !

        Who has had more success than kobe….name a category !

        He has only been MVP of the league ONCE…….SO, name a category over 15 years and I can tell you 14 times, who was better than him !

        So, over his entire career, has he been hands down better than any other player……ahahaha

        Don’t fret, he will be a good Globetrotter, with that bag of trick shots soon.

      • progress2011 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Oh, I wanted to address your ” thumbs down ” comment. Everyone knows this MSNBC blog is laker central. All the people dreaming of show time again, hover over every word, waiting on an opportunity to dream-big.

        So, I simply report the facts that the rest of the world clearly understands, in an attempt to prevent one of you cali-phony guys from jumping off the ledge….ahahahaha

      • loungefly74 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        progress2011…all you spouted out was still junk. I’M all over the place? i was replying to your individual comments with some sarcasm BUT let me retort…

        200 more shots, fine. whatever. not sure what your complaining about unless youre complaining about winning titles and such…

        oh! shaq would have won those 3 without kobe? you are a fool to think so. there should never be a debate about how a single player cant win a Title by themselves. bringing up Horry is foolish. Horry was a role player…kobe was a pivotal/co-leader on those teams. know the difference progress2011…so stop with the stupid “oh, robert horry has 7 rings” talk…if i have to explain to you how that theory/paradigm doesn’t work, then youre a lost cause…like my buddy “sockexchange”.

        i asked you to name a player who has had more success than kobe the past 15 years? you didnt name a player. there was just a freakin article on here about that subject. bottom line, you didn’t give a name….because no one has.

        hey, I’m a Laker fan…i’ll get thumbs down too. you got “34” now because your comment was weak. plain n’ simple. accept it.

        …and youre comment about “All the people dreaming of show time again, hover over every word, waiting on an opportunity to dream-big.”…you have to understand progress2011, thats a way of living/thinking when you expect greatness every year from the top NBA organization. i know the Lakers are not going to win the title every year but as long as they field a highly competitve team, im cool.

        Progress2011, you underestimate success and what comes with success.

        oh…who is your team?

  9. davidly - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    I agree up until “Sessions brings them closer to that”.

    The team had a slim chance before Odom left. Now they have absolutely no depth, and Sessions won’t change that a bit.

    It’s a shame, they have talent. Bynum appears to be something to build around. But KB will have no sixth ring.

  10. dkrauss93 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    They want ring #6 but why can’t Fisher be a backup? I mean he was traded as well as a 1st rd pick for Jordan Hill…
    Maybe they can pick him up from waivers… Do they even want him back?

    • manwithpizza - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Laker cannot pick him up after trading him until next season. Per new CBA. I hope he goes to OKC.

    • manwithpizza - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Lakers cannot pick him up after trading him until next season. Per new CBA. I hope he goes to OKC.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      New CBA rules prohibit guys returning to the team that traded them — after reaching a buyout. Guys were doing that left and right last decade. Fish can go anywhere but LAL, and if, for whatever reason, the Lakers want to bring him back NEXT year, they can. But I doubt they wil..

  11. omniusprime - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Kobe has moved on with the trade of Fish, now the rest of Laker fans need to follow as well. Fish was great for many years, but the last two seasons he became a big liability with a big paycheck. As to Ronny Turiaf he might be a good pickup now that he’s a free agent to replace that deadbeat McRoberts who has done nothing for the team since being acquired.

    So pitiful that Kobe shot too many times last night on a bad shooting night and Bynum didn’t get to shoot enough on a night when he could hardly miss. Kobe has to be smart and know on bad shooting nights not to force the issue but pass the ball and let Bynum and Gasol go to work inside.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      i agree, and because of that Gasol is going to walk when his contract is up

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