I’ve been meaning to write about D-Fish for a while now but now that the Playoffs have come around and looking more and more like OKC will play the Lakers in the next round, I thought it would be timely. When the Lakers traded Derek Fisher + a 1st round pick to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill, I was as shocked as anyone. Granted the Lakers had just earlier traded for Ramon Sessions from Cleveland, you could sort of understand the logic and the salary cap implications.
However, losing Fisher’s locker room presence was probably the toughest thing to swallow. And seeing him sign with title favourites OKC would have been a bitter pill to swallow. There’s no doubt that D-Fish was the voice of reason, the Laker’s emotional leader, the one bringing calm to the storm when things didn’t seem to work out. A leader not based on his ability but on his mental toughness and his will to go to battle and take those tough shots in all situations.
And no doubt that he’s bringing that to the OKC locker room. And whilst all Laker fans did complain about his ability to do certain things, we all respected what he did bring to the table. He must still be able to do something right if we look at his Game 4 stats V Dallas in closing out the series 4-0: 29 mins, 12 pts, 5/6 shooting (incl 2/2 from 3-pt land), and a +21.
And if you check out the series stats in the 4 games he’s played int he playoffs so far, he’s doing a fine job as a reserve averaging: 8 points and 58% from field (incl 63% from 3pt line). Not bad for a 37 year old. You think the Lakers could use him off the bench? Just hope he doesn’t burn us.
And as the playoffs are here, one can only pay respect and tribute to what DFish did bring to the Lakers. Here’s a few D-Fish clutch highlights from Laker’s folklore:
1. Clutch 3 pointers to send into ovetime and win it in Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals V Magic
2. Coast to coast And-1 to finish off Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals V Celtics
3. The famous 0.4 in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals V Spurs
4. Game winning layup in a 2011 regular season game V Clippers
5. Big 3 in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference Semi Finals V Jazz