Sunday, May 30th, 2010 at 11:32 am  |  20 responses

Kobe: Fisher ‘Is A Friend Who’s More Like A Brother’

Harvey Araton caught up with Kobe and Fisher to discuss their special relationship: “In a league currently obsessed with mega free agents contemplating coexistence with another outsize ego, seldom has there been a pro basketball partnership like Bryant and Fisher’s — the highly credentialed and often contentious superstar and his special vocational friend, the man Bryant affectionately calls Fish. In their 11th season together, a run that was interrupted for three years when Fisher left Los Angeles, Fisher has become a Lakers authority in his own right, the one teammate of Bryant’s who has his ear along with the uncontested right to raise a voice. ‘We’ve gone through different facets of life together,’ Bryant said. ‘He’s always been a standup guy, a friend who is more like a brother.’ …And then, last spring, along came championship redemption, the title Bryant wanted most, his first without O’Neal. Making it sweeter were Fisher’s Paxson/Kerr moments, a pair of 3-pointers that tied game four of the finals in Orlando with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and won it in overtime to give the Lakers a commanding 3-1 lead. Finding him open for both shots was Bryant, a dramatic flourish but no Hollywood finish. After playing in his seventh N.B.A. finals, Fisher will be a free agent, but Bryant expects him to stay and envisions them together far into the future. ‘We’ve got the stories, man,’ he said. ‘The stuff you want to share in the rocking chair, the ones that bind you forever.’

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  • BackInBlack

    That’s cute

  • J.C.

    fish always manages to do something special in big games but how much longer can he seriously be considered a viable starting point guard on a championship team? with kobe saying this there’s no way they can ship him to a young team in need of a vet, but they shoulda grabbed hinrich when they could.

  • Ben Flook

    JC i think that Fish can be their starting PG for another 1 or 2 years. Maybe even 3. We all no that the triangle doesnt require a ball dominant PG, Fish is proving year after year that hes the perfect compliment to Bryant. Trade / don’t resign him and they will lose a lot of toughness and proffesionalism.

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  • MikeC.

    Funny how nobody asked Fisher what he thinks about it all. I bet his comments would be along the lines of: “No way I’m hanging out with that a-hole when I retire.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/03/paul-pierce-and-the-celtics-hearing-boos/ L

    I say trade Walton or Morrison W/Farmar for a new PG. They can keep Fisher on the bench. Either way you put it Fisher needs to stay on this team and be on the floor in the 4th.

  • memory

    Fisher had this to say about Kobe: “Listen, Kobe’s always been like, ‘Everybody’s in my way, I have goals, you’re either with me or not.’ From the start he had a visual of how he wanted his career to go, what he wanted to accomplish and how hard he was going to work to get it. I picked up on that early on, which is why I love the guy.”

    Good article.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    fisher’s best contribution is his reliable shooting and his self sacrificing defense. proves defense is more fast reflexes and hard work. don’t think hinrich’s shot is consistent enough. he’s like a rich man’s farmar, and not by much.

  • Robb

    Fish is very underrated, I’m not saying he’s a tremendous PG like Deron or CP3, but he’s provided experience, toughness and great clutch shooting.

  • Jake

    Kirk Hinrich was back home in Iowa a few years ago to play an alumni game and he scored 87 points…just sayin.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    *ABOVE COMMENT* Yeah, we Iowa boys got some game. :) Seriously.

  • ripslam

    Okay, first of all, SLAM, how about you actually write some articles or just a couple of lines without quoting an entire newspaper article. Really. Anyway, in my opinion Fisher is slow and a flopper, but the Lakers wouldn’t be the Lakers without him.

  • LA Huey

    Fisher is clutch but over the hill. I don’t know how the Lakers haven’t been able to groom someone to replace him. Maybe the Hornets will part with Darren Collison for that garbage package of Morrison/Walton/Farmar that L proposed earlier. =P

  • http://www.slamonline.com Todd Spehr

    Wasn’t there a Kobe story earlier in the year that quoted Fisher saying he’d never even been to Kobe’s house before?

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    So Kobe, what’s Adam Morrison like to you? A hobo that you gave spare change to while at a red light and he won’t stop following you?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    JL are you kidding me? “[Heinrich is] like a rich man’s farmar, and not by much.” Come on…

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    Teddy: I agree. If Kirk is a rich man’s Farmar, then that man better be frickin Scrooge Mcduck.

  • Iceman

    Todd- I was thinking the same thing. I think it was the GQ article that said Fish has never been to Kobe’s house.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Kirk is a fine pg/sg and can defend either guard position well. Chicago would be silly to let him go for chump/bench fillers.

  • BostonBaller

    Whatever their true relationship is like it works on the court so why change it. Fisher is a clutch shooter and he plays defense. He knows the triangle and he still has his legs so I can see him playing 3 more quality years. He provides the occasional borderline hard playoff foul but I don’t think he’s as dirty as a lot of fans say he is… He is a Laker and ppl hate winners (I may be wrong)