Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  18 responses

Kobe Bryant: Playing Against Derek Fisher Will Be Emotional

Derek Fisher made his debut for the OKC Thunder last night, a bizarre sight to be sure, and former teammate Kobe Bryant says that when the Lakers and Thunder face off next week, it will be an emotional affair for all parties. From the LA Times: “Despite all the accolades for Ramon Sessions, the Lakers haven’t forgotten about Derek Fisher. They were well aware he signed with Oklahoma City for the rest of the season. They’ll see him March 29 when they play host to the Thunder, as if that game needed any more story lines. ‘It’s going to be emotional, I’m sure, for everybody, him and I in particular,’ Kobe Bryant said. Or as Metta World Peace said: ‘Kobe and Fish … mmm mmm mmm. Didn’t they win five rings together?’ Fisher had five points and an assist in 19 minutes of his first game with the Thunder, a 114-91 victory Wednesday against the Clippers. [...] ‘The Thunder needed him,’ Bryant said. ‘He brings a lot of stability and obviously veteran leadership, and he can make big shots.’ Fisher and Bryant won’t be friends March 29. ‘We don’t get five championships by being sympathetic towards each other,’ Bryant said. ‘He understands that. He switches off of me in the post, it’s going to be problems. I’m sure he’ll put an elbow right in my back. That’s why we love each other.’”

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  • Drig

    How awesome would it be for them to hit big shots back to back on 29th against each other ……….with LA coming out on top at Staples.

  • RyandC

    Im a Laker fan and its gonna tough for me too…cant imagine how itll be for Kobe

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alf

    This game on TV?

  • Mike Mihalow

    Good job, Fisher. Instead of staying in Houston for your daughter’s health, you sign with the highest ranking team in the NBA.

  • scott

    Was it was less emotional when Fish played for the Jazz & Warriors?

  • Zabbah

    i know, ppl forget this is his fourth franchise.

  • Albert

    Derek Fisher DIDN’T NEED TO STAY in Houston because of his daughter’s health. If we rememeber correctly, he came for that type of care to Los Angeles, when he left the Jazz to come back to L.A.

    Now that L.A. unceremoniously shipped him out, if he choses to go to the HIGHEST RANKING NBA team, then more power to him. The guy has earned the right to go make a big shot for any team (other than the Lakers/Rockets), and OKC was smart in picking him up. If Houston wouldn’t have bought out his contract, he’d still be in Houston I’m sure.

  • LA Huey

    Maybe they’ll stand together before the game and sing “Waiting to Exhale”

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    Laker guys get so butt hurt when they get traded, it’s ridiculous.

  • SWIFTboy

    It’s true that it’s the second time he’s left, so I can understand why people wonder why it’s such a big deal this time, and not last time. My memory isn’t perfect and I’m not going to look it up but here’s some context from a Lakers fan.

    After LA got beat by an underdog Pistons team with tons of internal turmoil, there were major changes to LA’s roster. Shaq was gone, Horry was gone, Fox was gone. So Fisher getting trown in with all that change didn’t seem like a big deal.
    When he came back to LA and won two more rings with Kobe it really cemented him as a Laker. So that’s why it’s different for me.

  • Drig

    @unknown…….would you blame them??? It’s LA!

  • VanCityVibe

    California Love

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And That’s why We love each other…….. that is so ..NICE.
    5 WALMARTESPNNBC NBA Championship rings.

  • http://slamonline.com alex80

    And That’s why We love each other…….. that is so ..NICE.
    5 WALMARTESPNNBC NBA Championship rings.

  • bike

    “I’m sure he’ll put an elbow right in my back.”
    “And I’ll put my di@k up his a#s”.
    “That’s why we love each other.’”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^LMAO. Nothing like a bromance.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ya’ll know how emotional I am. I’ve got a box of tissues just waiting for this game. Ima start crying now.

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    Hmm, he cried to the jazz that he needed to go to la to get the care for his daughter, that doesn’t matter anymore?