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Sports Illustrated: WHAT WENT RIGHT:
They reacquired some Fisher flavor: Saying he wanted to be closer to medical facilities for his ailing daughter, veteran guard Derek Fisher voided his contract with the Jazz and returned to the team with whom he won three NBA titles from 2000-02. The lefty’s pesky defense and understanding of the triangle offense should be a big help to the Lakers, who let starting point guard Smush Parker leave as a free agent for the Heat.
They re-signed Luke Walton and Chris Mihm: GM Mitch Kupchak also brought back another key role player who understands the offense in Walton. The fifth-year small forward started 60 games a year ago, averaging 11.4 points (on 47.4 percent shooting), 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Mihm, meanwhile, re-signed with a two-year deal after being wooed by several teams. The 7-foot veteran center missed all of last season with an ankle injury, but is now fully healthy and should provide some much-needed size down low.
They got a decent PG prospect: With the No. 19 pick in the draft, the Lakers selected Georgia Tech freshman point guard Javaris Crittenton. The 6-5 playmaker is the kind of tall point guard Phil Jackson likes, but he’s still very raw. Crittenton probably won’t be ready to contribute much early, but he showed promise in the summer league and could be a factor late in the season and beyond.