PE: It was assumed, and correctly so, when the Lakers acquired Derek Fisher, that his leadership would be immeasurable.
It was assumed, and correctly so, when Fisher came back to the Lakers for a second go-round, that he would be a major upgrade over the moody Smush Parker at point guard.
Fisher has been a voice of reason, a leader and a calming influence for the young Lakers. He also has been very productive on the court, which has been somewhat overlooked because of all the other qualities Fisher has brought.
Fisher says he heard all the talk of the intangibles he would bring and agreed, but expected a lot more of himself.
“I wanted to be able to put the work in this summer,” he said. “Even with our tough schedule as a family, I still wanted to find ways to really train at a high level and come back and help this team.”
When Fisher departed the Lakers after the 2004 season, his offensive role immediately expanded. Taking more shots, he surpassed his previous highs as a Laker, averaging 11.9 points for Golden State the next season and a career-best 13.3 points in 2005-06. He also established a new high in assists that season.
This season Fisher has emerged as the Lakers’ third-leading scorer, averaging 12.1 points on a career-best 49.5 percent shooting. He’s shooting 36.2 percent from three-point range and a career-high 90.6 percent from the free-throw line.