D-Fish steps up as the leader of the team. This is why I love Fisher; reminds me of the 00-01 season when he came into the locker room with the championship ring…
O.C. Register: Derek Fisher tried to play dumb.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, man,” he answered. “Something happened today?”
“Apparently a team meeting, at your behest,” I said to Fisher late Friday night.
He sighed and said: “Well, part of the discussion was what was said in the locker room was going to stay in the locker room, so that didn’t last long.”
The thing is, what Fisher did in calling this meeting and the ground that the Lakers covered in their forum should absolutely be publicized. It’s precisely what needed to happen to remind the Lakers what being the best is all about.
And it’s actually something all of us regular folks who expect to be good at what we do need to be told every once in a while, too: It’s human nature to let down at times, but you do it a few too many times and you’re bound to become a letdown to yourself and all those who count on you.
“It’s important to us that when we look out there and we’re watching it from the bench – whoever’s in the game – we look like we’re a team; we look like we’re playing together and playing hard,” Fisher said. “Those are things that you can’t really have going up and down. We just wanted to reiterate that today, and I think we did.”
Simply put, the Lakers need to be ingraining hustle and teamwork into their character now and for the next four months if they expect those critical characteristics to be there come playoff time when they need them most.