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Derek Fisher Comes Through for Los Angeles Lakers Again

Published by on June 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Derek Fisher has, here in the latter stages of his career, come to be admired as a sort of basketball warhorse. But he was not always so esteemed. Near the end of his first stint with the Lakers, Fisher earned a reputation as a liability for his lack of success defending quick point guards.

He had a scorching run during the 2001 playoffs, but by the time the Lakers completed their three-peat the following season, the feeling was that the Lakers were winning in spite of their point guard.

When the Lakers failed to win a fourth consecutive title the following season, management looked to improve their resistance at the position.

That summer, they added future Hall-of-Famer and defensive genius Gary Payton i...

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