Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  57 responses

Robert Horry: Lakers Need a New, Younger Point Guard

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Aside from his cold-blooded execution late in huge Playoff games, Robert Horry has always been known for his candidness.

When asked about the Los Angeles Lakers’ needs heading into next season, and beyond, Horry didn’t hesitate to point out what he (and many others) consider to be the team’s most glaring weakness.

According to the former Laker, Derek Fisher shouldn’t be counted on to be the starting point guard anymore. It’s because Fisher is very old, Robert Horry claims, no longer capable of doing the job meant for younger men.

From the LA Times:

“No disrespect to Derek Fisher. Derek is alone. I’ve been there, done that. They need a point guard who can distribute the ball, get everyone in order and not be afraid to tell Kobe no,” Horry said.

“You can’t outrun age. I think age has caught up to him. There’s some things he can do, but there are some things he can’t do.”

Of course, this is something Laker fans have been saying for years now, even when Derek Fisher was pulling off his postseason heroics. What’s noteworthy, is that ex-teammates (especially ones who won NBA titles together) rarely criticize one another so openly.

It’s clear that the Lakers must address their point guard situation if they plan on contending for championships with the current group. But Derek Fisher is a proud and stubborn man, who won’t easily fade into the background, to the chagrin of just about everyone who cares about the team it seems.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I feel like Fish has been 45 for the last 6 years…

  • AD

    dey need 2 trade fisher n gasol for rubio and klove

  • http://zarky01 zarky

    Farmar was the guy, funny they let him go.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I thought it was Steve Blake.

  • http://Yahoo! Chris Mullin’s Accent

    Find a short term replacement now, and grab Westbrook from OKC when he becomes a free agent. Westbrook will take the lead role from an aging Kobe and get the first scoring option tag he seems to desire. I could definitely see LA playing with a Dwight/Westbrook combo in the future.

  • dmoney

    fisher sucks cause he sucks in nba2k

  • rob

    Get CP3

  • http://miamidolphins.com walton sucks

    i’m a big laker fan, and while I will always love and thank D fish for everything he’s done as a laker..it is time to move on, every year he gets slower while rondo, rose, westbrook, and cp3 get faster. he simply cant keep up anymore..we need to sign aaron brooks!

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    Rick Fox agrees with Robert Horry.

  • http://Yahoo! Chris Mullin’s Accent

    I like that. Aaron Brooks would definitely be an upgrade, and may be the best option for next season.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No, what the lakers need is someone that is willing to get the ball to the best combination of bigs in the L consistently.

  • T-Money

    they may actually need a real pg now that they’re going to dump the triangle – unless kobe is okay with initiating the offense. he used to do it a lot back in the 3-peat days but not as much lately.

  • rich

    JTayor21 hit it right on the head. if gasol aint playin well get it to bynum if bynum cant hang get it to kobe. they need a guy who can go screen and roll while being a threat to drive shoot and pass. that way when it doesnt work kobe gets it on the weakside and plays one on one basketball for the first time in almost ten years

  • Penny

    They also need a shooting guard, small forward and a bench.

  • Rog23

    Fisher plays dirty. I don’t like him.


    Lakers need to cash Bynum in for CP3, but Jimmy Buss won’t let that happen. BOOK IT!

  • AT33

    DFish is awesome. Sure he’s aged and not as fast as he used to be but the guy can straight out shoot and most of the time he makes clutch shots. Lakers need to get him come off the bench and use his clutch making ability while start a young point. That’s it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Fisher has been old for awhile now, but until this past season he always reminded people that even though he was old, he could still be an asset to the Lakers. Now since that time is passed, I feel we should go for Aaron Brooks. But knowing Jim Buss, I’m not sure that’s going to happen.


    Not to digress, but I surmise if Fish stayed in Utah backing up D-Will, the Lakers don’t add two more World Champions banners to their rafters. In fact Kobe is probably playing for another team by now… The Fisher Effect.

  • angus

    steve blake was a flop because of his headband….

  • slamfan4life

    Drose for dfish,yaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  • D-blok

    i hate derek fisher

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Robert Horry takes a turn at being Captain Obvious..

  • http://Slam Plus60from3line

    What did Farmer do with his opportunities other than blow layups and miss rally killing threes?

  • Hurricane

    Steve Blake is the man, but they probably do need a more solid starter and just let Blake come off the bench. Keep Blake, let Fisher go.

  • Ka

    Man fish looks ripped in the thumbnail. No homo

  • http://yahoo.com Chris Mullin’s Accent

    ho nomo

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    DUH, have needed a point guard for a while now. Aaron Brooks please!!!

  • feez22

    … whats the point of the lakers getting cp3 when kobe jacks up all those inefficient shots? all of cp’s efficiency will be negated by kobe’s 10-28 shooting nights. you guys know this is true… what they really need to do is feed the bigs consistently and stop trying to be a 3pt shooting team. Thats obviously not going to happen now with MIKE BROWN coaching this team. for christ sakes… mike brown?

  • Nos

    “Lakers need a new, younger point guard”…….. What a genius!

  • Nos

    Rafer “Skip to my Lou” Alston!

  • Vince5

    Smush Parker anyone?

  • kbj

    Derek Flopper

  • unrel

    to be real.. they’ve needed a pg since magic.. i think nick van exel is the only laker pg that’s made it to an all-star team since.. i don’t think the glove made it his year with the lakers.. but yes.. it’s quite obvious that fisher is aged.. he can still play.. but if the team is going to be defensively focused.. they’re going to need a quick, younger pg to play against the rest..

  • tomtom

    ‘Jordan farmar likes this’

  • ab40

    why with mike brown it’s gonna be kobe watch time. Mesina is brilliant though I hope he get’s a coaching job after his contract with the Lakers is up

  • dee

    Isaiah Thomas with one of those 2nd round picks would’ve cured that. Yeah he’s small but he’s quick and can score. They shouldn’ve passed up on him. They could’ve signed a couple of more polished college kids with those other two remaining picks (Ben Hansbrogh or Durrell Summers)& make them part of a package to CP3 come draft deadline. Fisher is a warrior but he’s too slow for these point guards today. I think Thomas would’ve been a better pick than Darius Morris. I’m hoping he proves me wrong. Rondo, Westbrooke, Paul, Williams, Wall, Rose , Jennings, Barera, Felton and even Lawson are the top of the food chain when it comes to point guards. Its’ time for the Lakeshow to upgrade their point.

  • http://basketballjunction.blogspot.com/ Joseph V

    They totally need a point guard if they want to avoid what happened in the playoffs. Since Ray Felton has found a new home, they should trade Pau for Steve Nash .

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The Lakers don’t need an all-star caliber PG.
    Alls they need is a PG who could distribute the ball (especially since the Triangle Offense is going the way of the Phil Jackson) and do an adequate job of defending the new breed of super-quick athletic point guards like Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Derrick Rose.
    Honestly, I think Jrue Holiday would be perfect for them and as an LA native and UCLA guy he’d be a fan favorite in no time.

  • Jake55

    Fish is a flopper… shoulda gotten rid of him a while ago!

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Javaris Crittenton

  • brandon

    derek fisher should have been head coach :)

  • Rachel

    It’s the coach who’ll decide to play Fisher or not… if he plays, I won’t say it’s his fault for being “proud and stubborn”. He’s got to be ready when called upon.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/nhl Yea?

    Fish needs to retire and become the assistant coach of the Lakers. At least the Lakers will have one decent coach in Fish

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I dare the Lakers to aquire Steve Nash and destroy all that I hold sacred.

  • 6marjons

    hey friend. whoops watch out for that bus

  • Aamir K.

    @ Enigmatic, im both a Sixers fan and LA fan and personally, i do think that jrue holdiay would be a good fit, but i really think that he is primed to be philly’s next great PG

  • Rainman

    @ AD: And Minny would do that WHY?

    Why is it that Lakers fans think they can put any absurd trade together, and expect it to go down? u guys got lucky with Gasol, it isnt always like that lol, geez

  • Lawrence Mack

    Well said Robert Horry. Like I’ve been saying 4 years. Not only is Derek Fisher afraid of Kobe that’s y he’s Kobe’s boy. But Mitch Kupchak & the entire front office is afraid of this selfish declining player. Kobe forced the organization 2 go out and acquire Gasol or he wanted out? Yet A guy like Lebron plays his contract completely out with a supporting cast of bums but never critisizes his teammates. The Lakers have refused 2 draft Kobe’s predecessor which any blind man could see that Kupchack with his jellyfish back is only a figure head. That’s y Magic sold his share of the team. Kobe wanted Brian Shaw who would have served as another yes man. He’s supposed 2 be a great player, yet he shows no support 4 his newly hired coach? Give me a break. Retire Fisher because u’ve been looking old 4 the past 5 years. Oh by the way u couldn’t even start on Golden State nor the Jazz when u left the Lakers. The only reason u start 4 the Lakers is because u & Kobe r Lovers.

  • Chase

    They had plenty of opportunities to grab a point guard in the NBA Draft this year. Demetri McCamey, Jacob Pullen, Ben Hansborough & Josh Shelby each would have been an improvement over Fisher right now. Instead they draft unknown players who we will never see. I’m still wondering what they were doing on draft day.

  • http://infostations,net richard heer


  • http://notuntodeath.com dennis michell

    All of you little people(IGNORANT), WHO LOVE TO RIDICULE AND LIE ABOUT

  • Watchdogg

    No disrespect to D-Fish. That cat is amazing. He has had an amazing run and while he can still knock down that game winning playoff shot and be a nice counter piece to Kobe, it is painfully obvious that he cannot guard any elite point guard in the League. Coming off the bench is deserved. Retired jersey in the rafters, likewise. But, for any knowledgable fan of the game, a quicker, younger point guard is essential. I vowed I would never diss D-Fish when he came through nearly every post season game, and I will not do so now. Simply stated, D-fish, you are a stud. You are an integral part of this team, but age messes us all up. Hey at 62, I know what I speak. That being said, you are a major player my man. Hang in there. Be humble. Accept the limitations of age and contribute as only you know how to do.

    Love you…Derek. Without you, we are just a proud franchise without several rings. We won’t6 forget what you did and your selfless play. You have the heart of a lion!!

    Watchdogg…”Tellin’ it the only way I know…Dogg-E-Style!”

  • Lorenzo Ervin

    Robert Horry played with the lakers, and is probably the most clutch player in NBA history.He has won titles with three teams. He is justified in making his criticisms and since he played the game with Kobe and Fisher, he was earned the right to criticize specific players. Also coming from him it has different impact than from fans alone. It is clear, that for the good of the team, Derek Fisher, who has directly contributed to a number of Laker championships, should be made into a backup. His pride cannot be allowed to hurt the team, on the other hand, his professionalism can help the team immensely from playing a spot role and developing younger players. Fans should give him respect, he fought with everything he had for the Lakers, but his time is past. Either they should trade for a true point guard like Aaron Brooks, play Steve Blake, or play the rookie, Morris. Unfortunately,even with all this, it does not look like they will overcome the Dallas Mavericks,who are also reloading, and have a ton of confidence now from beating the Lakers and the NBA championship. Though it pains me to admit this, they are a better team right now, and could repeat.

  • Yesse

    I actually think Javaris Crittenton had some potential. They should have put some more attention on him, but i guess it’s too late. If the Lakers could possibly get someone like Chris Paul, then why the heck not.

  • patrick

    Start Darius Morris! Simple as that. Get rid of Fisher and or Blake.

  • http://www.slam.com.au jOSH jAMISON

    Make fisher p*ss off he can not get the ball and when the little lollipop does he screws everyones sh*t up.