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Trade Analysis: Derek Fisher to the New York Knicks

New York Knicks get: head coach Derek Fisher
 
KOBEsh: It’s official. Derek Fisher is now not only an ex-NBA player, but the head coach of YOUR….New York Knicks.
 
Much like the Jason Kidd signing last offseason, Fisher’s hire moved from sheer speculation to recorded fact rather quickly and within weeks of his last game as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 
Kidd’s first season surely wasn’t a disaster, as he coached the imperfect and injury-riddled Brooklyn Nets to 44 wins, but it certainly wasn’t perHITMEfect. It’s clear that Kidd isn’t completely ready for the responsibilities as a head coach and has a ton of room to grow, but at the same time was able to organize a solid defense from an old, unathletic team of vets. Offensively, it’s hard to say whether or not the team was hampered by Deron Williams’s ankles, KG’s declining skill set or the fact that their scoring schemes just weren’t that great to begin with.
 
Either way, with a team just across the East river, there’s an obvious precedent for how good Derek Fisher’s first season should be. Is this a better hire than Kidd? And what should be the baseline for a “successful” season?
 
BockerKnocker: Based on only what we know now, this is not a better hire than Kidd. The Brooklyn Nets hired their #1 choice in the former All-Star point guard, while Phil Jackson’s #1 choice gets the privilege to coach Stephen Curry. We have to assume that Phil wanted Kerr more than Fisher, for reasons that don’t truly matter, because Fisher was New York’s #2 option.… Read more...

Instant Trade Analysis: Derek Fisher to the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder get: PG Derek Fisher
 
On the most feeble NBA trading deadline in recent memory, the Oklahoma City Thunder shipped off reserve guard Eric Maynor to Portland in a move that couldn’t be described as anything besides cost-cutting. Even as Maynor was getting DNP-CDs on a nightly basis, the Thunder still needed to add another back-up point guard to a now thin reserve corps.
 
Not surprisingly, OKC went with a known quality in regards to not only adding personnel, but also keeping together the team’s locker room chemistry. Today, the Thunder signed PG Derek Fisher to a prorated veteran’s minimum deal in order to obtain his services for the rest of the regular season.… Read more...

Instant Trade Analysis: A Heartbreakingly Good Day for the Lakers

I’m really poor. Let’s face facts. I’m in my twenties, young and trying to make it work in the middle of Manhattan. Sometimes – a lot of times – I am often faced with the battle of head versus heart. For example, a couple weeks ago, a college buddy asked me to go on a trip to New Orleans. I spent some time thinking about it, but soon realized that there’s no way to extend my meager budget towards a weekend of debauchery and ridiculousness. Ultimately, it’s the responsible decision…but my heart will hurt for weeks. I’ll know what I’ll have missed out on, even as I sleep well at night knowing that I did what an adult is supposed to do. But it doesn’t always make it feel any better.

Today, the Los Angeles Lakers dealt Derek Fisher, along with Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a pair of draft picks, in a movement to get younger, faster and ultimately, a more complete basketball team that can compete for a NBA Championship. It was the best decision GM Mitch Kupchak could have made. But it doesn’t make me feel better.

LA Lakers get: F Jordan Hill, PG Ramon Sessions, G/F Christian Eyenga

Houston Rockets get: PG Derek Fisher, Dallas’ 2012 first round pick (from the Lamar Odom deal)

Cleveland Cavaliers get: F Luke Walton, F Jason Kapono, LA’s 2012 first round pick

Let’s cover the basics first – the Los Angeles Lakers got a lot better today. As I’ve been decrying for weeks, the best and most effective move the Lakers could make would be to use our draft assets to get a point guard that would give us any level of production beyond the near-ineffectiveness Derek Fisher and Steve Blakers have been outputting the entire season. I always thought that the most prudent move wouldn’t be to subtract from our biggest advantage – the size of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum – but rather to get even modest play from a modestly-skilled point guard.

The Lakers did just that, and with a player that I even suggested. Ramon Sessions is not an All-Star, nor will he ever make an All-NBA team. He’s a little more than steady, but certainly less than spectacular. He’s a floor general who, in the mold of Steve Nash and Rajon Rondo, sees the plays that are going to happen, before they happen. Unlike the half-court, slow-down offense the team has been getting all year, Sessions is capable of penetrating opposing defenses, and creating better shots for guys that couldn’t necessarily find anything better on their own. He can control the pace of the game in any manner, whether it’s creating fast break opportunities, operating in the the half-court or ably taking an open jumper himself. Ramon Sessions is a pure point guard, in every sense of the word, and is exactly the type of player the Lakers have been missing all year long.

In Jordan Hill and Christian Eyenga, the Lakers are getting a mixed bag. Hill, a third year man from Arizona, is raw on offense, but is overflowing with athleticism and hustle. This year, at his best, he would amount to a black Josh McRoberts, and I mean that in the most complementary way possible. He’s young, fast and can finish easily on the break. While he’s certainly not the type of offensive spark plug the Lakers needed (I, for one, definitely lament the Michael Beasley trade that never was), he’s a guy who has definite room to grow, works well with what Sessions brings to the table, and I think, at his best, could turn into a destitute crack-addict’s version of Amar’e Stoudemire. More th… Read more...

Derek Fisher – The Informant

Look – I know the economy is important. I know that I should know more about the debt crisis and that I shouldn’t snicker everytime I hear the words “House Leader Boehner”. I fill my thoughts with meaningless statistics and championship matchups, rather than why the United States is facing a multi-trillion dollar deficit, and exactly how many millions make a trillion. I should care. I should learn how to be an adult.

But if you’ve followed this blog or you’ve followed my life, you know that this isn’t going to happen. The foremost issue topping my noggin this summer is the current player lockout taking place in the National Basketball Association.

In this NBA purgatory that we all slug through day in and day out, one of the few bits of basketball news that filters through to the front page is Kobe potentially playing professional ball in Turkey for the Beskitas club.

At first, I didn’t pay any attention or credence to it. It just seemed like another bit of player posturing to me. Could you possibly be more vague than saying you might be interested in playing in Europe? Well why say anything at all then? Kobe is a marketing machine. He’s like the hype man before the concert, but then will actually play a full set afterwards. He’s the whole show. He’s 1994 Puffy and Biggie. He knows the worth of throwing out hypotheticals of him playing Euroball, and what that would mean for his brand over on the other side of the pond. But even with all that in mind, I couldn’t believe that Kobe would consider this. This is a guy who practiced maybe 5 times last year in order to preserve his once-sturdy body from the wear and tear of being Kobe Bryant. He has gone on record as saying that his knees are practically “bone on bone” at this point. Why would he risk injury playing for a relatively low amount of money, competing against lesser basketball players? Don’t misunderstand Kobe here – the risk isn’t that he’ll get hurt and miss out on his eventually forthcoming NBA player contract millions. The risk is not being able to compete for that 6th title. Kobe’s has got more gold than China at this point – all he is competing for now is championships.

Turkey is not a controlled NBA situation. This is a league of guys that when they see international superstar Kobe Bryant, are going to play their hardest against him and try to make a name for themselves. They are going to foul him hard going to the rack, and try to recklessly dunk on him every time he is in the paint in hopes of making Sportscenter that night. The crowds will be rowdy and uncontrollable. This can’t be for competition’s sake either; this is the same league that it was a big deal when Sasha Vujacic signed a contract to play there. Nothing here makes sense. Why would Kobe do this?

The only thing that makes sense is that Kobe knows something we don’t. The only way he signs with Beskitas is because knows that we’re not having an NBA season.

Kobe’s not without his sources – he’s one of the 5 best basketball players in the world. He is one of the faces of the league. He’s got his sources in the office. But most importantly, Derek Fisher, his teammate for 12 seasons and one true peer on the Lakers, is the president of the NBA Players Union. If your boy was on the inside of all the negotiations, wouldn’t you just be able to call him up and say “Hey – what’s the deal about this season? Do you think we’re having it?”. Fisher m… Read more...

Laker Recap: It’s not just Derek Fisher

Every time that the Lakers lose, especially when they get eviscerated by a point guard, as they did yesterday by Senor Paul, all of Lakerdom likes to come down on our man Derek Fisher. A lot of that is warranted – Fisher’s defense was akin to Dr. Stephen Hawkings’, as CP3 went for 34-7-14 (with 3 steals and only 2 turnovers). But there are two big reasons why the Lakers lost –

1). Poor, poor, POOR, poorpoor perimeter defense

The Lakers allowed 52% shooting for 109 points. Incredible work for the Hornets, especially against one of the better defensive teams in the league. However, what is even more incredible is that it wasn’t Emeka Okafor (4 points in 21 minutes) or David West (out for the playoffs) scoring on the block – it was Marco Bellinelli, Jarrett Jack and Willie Green were responsible for over a third of those points. There is no scenario in which those three should account for their team’s points, unless those teams have names that rhyme with “Shmobcats” or “Kavaliers”. Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes and yes, even perennial All-NBA Defensive team stalwart Kobe Bryant were rendered immobile on high screens and allowed all three of those guys to beat them both off the dribble and on the fast break ROUTINELY. Chris Paul got wherever he wanted and set everyone up with perfect shots. The Hornets got 52 points in the key, most of which was from those 4 guards and some tall forward named Aaron Gray, whose name sounds more like a paint brand than it does an athlete.

Maybe more importantly, LA’s pressure defense was turrible; the Lakers only forced 3 turnovers from a Hornets team that aren’t exactly the most careful in the league, yielding the 12th most turnovers this season.

2) Pau was only the second best Gasol who played last night

And I’m not even counting his little brother, who plays high school ball in Memphis. I guess I gotta go use the internet.

I dont even need to justify this with statistics – Pau was abused last night by Emeka Okafor, Jason Smith (who?) and the paint brand guy. Ridiculous for someone who might be 2nd-team All-NBA this season.

I’m not going to say stuff like “take nothing away from the Hornets” or “you’ve got to respect New Orleans” – Eff. That. That team is terrible. They don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. The Lakers absolutely gave this game away by playing carelessly and without passion. As Lamar said after the game, they were arrogant and took the Hornets lightly. The Hornets were allowed to win because the Lakers didn’t move their feet on defense and one man, Chris Paul, set the tone for the game. So take nothing away from Chris Paul, but the Lakers lost this one, not the other way around.… Read more...