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Kobe says he would love Derek Fisher to come back to Lakers

Sep 26, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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This is why you don’t let current players act as your GM.

Derek Fisher is back with the Thunder this season on a one-year minimum contract, and after that he is expected to retire. Fisher was one of the great role players of his era and had a skill set that fit beautifully with Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, but he is a shell of that former player. In the 24 games he got in last season for the Thunder he shot 33.3 percent, had a PER of 7 and was a defensive liability. To be fair he was better during the playoffs when forced in duty with Russell Westbrook down, he averaged 8.7 points a game and shot 47 percent from three, but his PER of 11.2 speaks to his inefficiency and his defense was still bad (for every charge he drew there were a few times his guy just blew by him).

But Kobe Bryant wants him back on the Lakers.

Kobe was in Dubai promoting health and fitness (apparently diabetes is an issue there as it is in this country) and during and interview was asked about his favorite players (hat tip to Serena Winters and Kobe Legends).

“My all time favorite teammate has always been Derek Fisher. He’s been my favorite teammate, I would love to see him back in a Lakers uniform so we could kind of finish out together.”

With all the cap space and moves the Lakers will try to make next summer, I don’t really see Fisher fitting in those plans. He’s not exactly a rebuilding piece.

By the way, Kobe talked about his diet in another interview and sounded a lot like Ray Allen when he spoke to PBT.

“The hardest part about getting older when you play in the NBA is not the training, because you’re so used to training for so many years, the hardest part is being able to change your diet. You’ve been accustomed to eating crap food your entire life, now you have to have a determination, an inner struggle with yourself, to put that stuff to the side and start eating healthy again. I made the change about three, three-and-a-half years ago.”

  1. Anoesis - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Bryant reminisces about old times and fantasizes about having Fisher back on the Lakers. Big deal. That doesn’t mean he’d try to acquire Fisher if he was the GM, he’s merely giving props to an old teammate.

    Yes, there are a couple of small countries in the Middle East that are so flush with petro dollars they actually have a higher obesity rate (and the health issues that go along with it) than our own fat-ass country. Qatar doesn’t have a large population (1.9 million), but makes so much from oil ($103,000+ per person per year) that no one there would have to work if they didn’t want to.

  2. asimonetti88 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Please, no.

  3. spursareold - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Next year? DFish will be playing in a wheelchair basketball league for Shady Acres Rest Home.

    I can’t believe the Thunder signed him to play another year. He flat stunk last year. Just hire him as a coach already. You won’t have to pay him a million plus that way, and you have a free roster spot.

    He hasn’t shot over 40% from the field since 2008-2009, and that’s a pretty generously low bar to reach.

  4. antistratfordian - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    He probably liked Fish because he was a PG who let Kobe dominate the ball and just stood around waiting for the outlet pass.

    This may get some hate (Don’t take this too seriously, Kobe fans), but Kobe’s new diet talk coinciding with his mystery trip to Germany is kind of curious. Bryant started to look really sluggish around 2010, and that’s when he says he changed his diet. He then went to Europe for some experimental therapy – came back and has looked suspiciously fresh ever since.

    It’s kind of like when Novak Djokovic suddenly became superhuman when he “changed his diet” in 2012 (he says he had a wheat allergy he wasn’t aware of – he was probably just allergic to losing and started doping).

    I’m being cynical, but you never know anymore. It can be anyone.

  5. sampulls - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Kobe would love a lot of guys to join the lakers. Problem is that many of them wouldn’t love playing with him.

    • musician0785 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM


  6. badintent - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Kobe the vegan. or the veggian. Or the Cave Man diet. Or the LA DIET. Kobe, eat yogurt and no more fried food. Yes, that includes Chinese take out.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I’d rather see him come back as a coach, but not a player, and i like the guy, but c’mon man.

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