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Report: Kobe will push to bring Fisher, Odom back to Lakers

Mar 28, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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There is a reason players — even elite players — should not get to play general manager, too.

With that thought in mind we bring you this news on the eve of Derek Fisher making his return to Los Angeles as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder — Kobe Bryant wants him back. And Lamar Odom too, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at

Kobe Bryant is planning a hard push to recruit Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom back to the Lakers as free agents in the summer, a source familiar with Bryant’s thinking told as Fisher prepares to return to Staples Center as a member of the Thunder.

Whether either would be receptive is unclear – Fisher and Odom loved their seasons in Los Angeles, but were hurt to be traded within the last 3 ½ months. It is known, however, that Bryant plans to use his close friendship with both to convince them that a reunion is in everyone’s best interest, bruised egos and all.

Does he want to bring the triangle offense back, too? Wait, don’t ask him that.

Kobe is being loyal to guys he knows helped get him rings, guys he trusted. But these are bad ideas. And besides, we don’t know if either of these guys wants to come back or if Lakers management would welcome them back.

In the case of Derek Fisher… there’s nothing left in the tank. There is a reason the Lakers had to get Ramon Sessions. Fisher’s legacy as a Laker is intact, but there should be no future. He is a bad fit for this system at the PG spot (he had a PER under 10 for three seasons), and is shooting 32.8 percent since being traded to the Thunder. He will be 38 next season and is a defensive liability. It’s just time to move on.

Odom may have some good basketball left in him, but he is a sensitive player who asked to be moved from the Lakers when they tried to trade him in the Chris Paul deal before the season. Now he’s going to come back? Then there is the money — we can expect Dallas will buy out the last year of Odom’s $8.2 million deal (a $2.4 million buyout) and he will be a free agent. However, the Lakers already have more than $80 million on the books for next season (I’ll assume they will pick up Andrew Bynum’s option). They can’t offer him much, and since every dollar they offer him gets doubled due to the luxury tax they don’t want to. Basically, the Lakers can only lowball him, which he would find insulting from a team that tried to trade him.

The Lakers front office is smart — look for them to go through the motions on guys like this to keep Kobe happy. But neither deal makes any sense for the team going forward (unless Odom is willing to play for peanuts).

  1. mgscott - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Luke Walton is very jealous now

    • chuckj1234 - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Silly articule. No one is coming back. Case closed.

  2. therealhtj - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    They couldn’t offer either of them any more than Vet’s minimum. Still too much for Fish and too much for this year’s version of LO.

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      agree about fisher, but LO?? Lakers could get him for cheap and he could come back and fit in to his old 6th man spot….

  3. bearsstillsuck - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Hear that Kobe? Here comes the waaabulance.

  4. berto55 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I know I know, he’s going to retire a Laker…nobody could ever imagine him not in a Laker uniform (see Jordan, Michael J)….but I have a weird feeling this next league year or the following, LA or Kobe will decide it’s time to move on…

  5. skids003 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    He just wants teammates back who will throw him the ball so he can get his 35 shots per game, and kiss his rear.

  6. bballron - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    “a source familiar with Bryant’s thinking”

    First, is this a real source? Anyone who followed Kobe throughout his career could claim he’s familiar with Kobe’s thinking… This shouldn’t even be a story.

    Second, This is Kobe Bryant. He doesn’t care about anything besides winning. He doesn’t care if he plays with his friends. Do you really think he wants to play with his washed up friends that will make his team worse?

  7. jumbossportsblog - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      thank you for the heads up! I’ll head over right now!

    • trybe29dr - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Why would you reblog this garbage?

  8. rajbais - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Can he push the Lakers to get Mike Brown out of town????

  9. smoothaswilkes - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    “Basically, the Lakers can only lowball him, which he would find insulting from a team that tried to trade him.”

    Uh, they didn’t try, they did trade LO. To Dallas.

    This is more than loyalty to former teammates and it’s definitely not so they can pass him the ball any more (I’m looking at you skids003). This is about getting leadership in the locker room. Fisher was the nice guy in Kobe’s leadership system. Kobe glowering and says biting comments, Fisher cleans up the mess with niceness. Speaking of niceness, LO was the glue that held that team together. Notice this year, the chemistry sucks and it’s because LO is gone. I would have dumped LO too though, you could see this type of season unfolding for him and I’m glad it’s playing out in Dallas and not in LA. He was/is one of my favorite Lakers.

  10. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Dang, Kobe, who else Robert Horry?! I can see bringing L.O. back but if the LAKERS bring Fish back it better be in the front office! I love D. Fish and he’s one of my all time fave LAKERS. However, it’s over for him as a player in the league.

  11. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Good comments,@ bballron. As for you, skids003, the comments about how many shots Kobe takes are as old as your moves on the court. FIVE RINGS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!!!

  12. myktuggle - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    If Odom goes back and all of a sudden is “The sixth man” again then the Lakers should have to pay the Mavs some money.

  13. kpow55 - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Why don’t the go form a “big 3” in……. anywhere but LA

  14. cathyt909 - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Sounds like the right thing to do…Bring Lamar Odom & Derek Fisher back to Los Angeles, where they both belong!!!

  15. highlander24 - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Fisher sorry no. Lamar, we could try and make that work again.

  16. chooch95 - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    So I assume Kobe will use renounce that 27 million he is due next year and 30 mill the year after. Sign for the vet minimum to free up cap space to surround him with more talent right? I doubt that. Why expect others to take a pay cut and only not do it himself. Kobe doesn’t only think about winning, the $$$$ is front and foremost to these athletes. If not he would have settled for a lesser contract a few years back to give the team some cap flexibility.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      For the record, under the terms of the NBA CBA players cannot restructure their contracts to free up cap room as is done in the NFL.

  17. omniusprime - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    The Lakers need to look to the future not the past, so does Kobe. Kobe needs some new players who haven’t won a ring and who will be far more motivated. Fisher really should retire or go into coaching, now he would be good to bring back to replace Mike Brown. Odom is a lost cause now that he’s been married to Khloe, maybe he should give up basketball and stick to unreality tv. Kobe needs teammates who can help him win ring #6.

  18. Hope Wabuke - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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