Kobe Bryant: Playing Against Derek Fisher Will Be Emotional

by March 22, 2012

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.'”