|Lakers star Kobe Bryant|
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And lastly, the defense and Derek Fisher. Fish, I love you, but your legs are gone. The Lakers defense has shown glimpses of the scrappy, tight D that new Lakers coach Mike Brown wants to incorporate. It's good. It could even be great. But Fisher is hurting the team. His penchant for hitting clutch shots is an intangible that any team would want, but his days as a top defender have long passed him. Point guards have left him behind one too many times and that adds pressure to the Lakers big men to step up and defend. This is leaving many shooters open. Any team with the ability to shot the 3 is going to kill the Lakers, as shown by the Kings last night. I understand that Fisher's leadership qualities have benefited the team, but Kobe's time is running out. Kobe wants more rings and I do not believe that he is willing to have a "rebuilding" year if it means that the Lakers are going to suck. The Lakers need a point guard to replace Fisher and I will not be surprised if it happens before Bynum returns.
|2009 Champs Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher|