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  1. I love the Lakers more than anybody (even you, Joel), but it’s a business also. I (as well as other fans) don’t want to say and hear that, but it’s true. I understand what Fish did for the Laker organization, but with the new CBA they are going to need that money (plus the money on Walton and Kapono) to sign Andrew Bynum to a max deal, most likely.

    Good story (you always were a better writer than me)and I am glad to be teaming back up with you. Like the days at the GNP.

    : )

  2. Epoch1

    When we bemoan the lack of committment by guys like Lebron and Howard when it comes to making decisions that seem to dismiss the investment the teams have made in them, the move by the Lakers and the way they rewarded Fisher should be looked at with the same disdain.

    A guy that sacrificed and played his heart out was unceremoniously dumped at the 11th hour by the team he helped win titles for without the courtesy of so much as a thank you.

    Loyalty is a two way street… Sure it’s a business, but there are better ways to conduct it. It may be a matter of dollars, but sometimes it makes no sense.

  3. Very unbiased perspective and nice comments, E. I will miss The Fish more than anyone, but in a way it had to be done. Fisher didn’t show a lot of loyalty when he bolted for Golden State. That was about the almighty dollar.

    But, I will alkways have a special spot in my heart for Fisher. He was a clutch player and he and Horry hit many a shot that kept us in the postseason.

  4. Epoch1

    I love guys like Fisher and Horry. Good solid, EXPERIENCED role players whose contributions in big games at the right time can never be undervalued.

    The same can be said for guys like Eddie House or Walter McCarthy (Heinson would shout I LOVE WALTER! 10 times a game)

    Auerbach knew the value of role players and made more guys famous just by putting them in the right role than any coach in history.

    I’d take a guy like Fisher any time I could get him. A guy that puts the team above his own stats is a rare bird indeed.

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  6. J-Biz

    The more I think about this issue, I don’t think it was a financial decision. I think this move was done to bolster Brown’s role as the head coach. Although nothing has been reported, I can imagine a situation in which Fisher could have been second guessing Brown and causing mild dissent in the locker room. Once again, I’ve no inside information to suggest this but with Fisher having spent over 12 years with the Lakers and Kobe and having won numerous titles, he may have been more opinionated than a coach would like.

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