L.A. Times: He had swiveled on defense, bricked on offense, the aging point guard scuffling through a long night in this longest of springs.
But in the waning moments of the furious storm that was Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, Derek Fisher knew he had one thing that his younger teammates didn’t.
Some would call it wisdom. Some would call it experience. Some would forgo any definition and just call it soul.
Whatever it was, Fisher gave it to the Lakers, dug deep through his three championship rings and gave it all, calling them together during a fourth-quarter timeout and shouting above the Pepsi Center madness in words they will remember all spring.
“Derek pulled us all in the huddle and just reminded everybody, this is what it’s about,” said Kobe Bryant. “This is where you’re tested. To be a champion, you’ve got to respond.”
Standing in front of his sagging body, their young hearts listened.