L.A. Times: Putting on the familiar purple and gold uniform and walking into the glare of the Lakers spotlight on media day Monday at the team’s El Segundo training facility, Derek Fisher found that some things had not changed in the three years since he last played for the team.
Kobe Bryant is still the center of controversy.
The Lakers center is still being quizzed about his relationship with Bryant.
And the Chick Hearn curse still hangs over the team.
Fisher, who spent two years with the Golden State Warriors and last season with the Utah Jazz, is back for a ninth season with the Lakers after signing with them as a free agent.
In addition to sharing the backcourt with Bryant, Fisher is hoping that the Laker superstar will share his thoughts with him.
“I need to talk to him,” Fisher said, “if I’m going to play the role I need to play on this team.”
That role, said Fisher, will include lending an ear if Bryant needs to talk through his frustrations during the season.
Those frustrations bubbled over during the offseason when Bryant ripped management for its failure to improve the team, asked to be traded, backed off and advocated the trading of center Andrew Bynum.