Inside The Lakers: Not expecting any news because of the Thanksgiving holiday. But here’s a copy of the story I just filed (unedited) to the desk. There’s some interesting stuff from Derek Fisher comparing the Lakers’ start this season to their start in 2001-02, when they won their last NBA championship.

Fisher remembers the Lakers’ 16-1 record to start the 2001-02 season. He also remembers how they could not maintain their early-season excellence, stumbling now and then en route to a good but hardly great 58-24 record.

But what Fisher recalls most of all when he thinks back to that season was how the Lakers completed it by winning their third consecutive NBA championship. Nothing else really matters where the 2001-02 season is concerned.

So, when Fisher answers a question asking him to compare the Lakers’ 12-1 start this season with their 16-1 start in 2001-02, the thing he stresses is that the 2008-09 team has accomplished nothing special so far.

“As quickly as you can win 12 out of 13 or be 16-1, you go through a stretch where things get away from you,” he said earlier this week. “It seems like things snowball from there and all the bad stuff comes out from under the rug.

“What I do remember most from that (2001-02) team was that we completed the end mission, which was to win a title. No matter how you start, it’s how you finish that matters.”

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