Kobe Bryant’s Real Sidekick

June 1st, 2010 by Carl Cockerham Leave a reply »
At 6'1", 210 lbs, Derek Fisher is not a whole lot to look at from a basketball standpoint. He is often seen getting abused by the super quick point guards in the league.

He averaged just under eight points per game this season. He now averages 11 points per game in these playoffs.

These unsexy stats would make you wonder why I am calling Fisher a sidekick when Kobe has Pau Gasol. In years past, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, and the list goes on.

If you just want to look at the box scores you can hardly call "D-Fish" a sidekick. Evidence of "D-Fish's" impact is hardly ever seen in the box scores.

Even when getting abused on defense, "D-Fish" stayes after it and often gets a key steal or draws a key charge. He's never been known as a top gun shooter but he has hit many a big shot when needed.

During the Western Conference Finals vs the Suns, "D-Fish" hit big three-pointers just when the Suns appeared to be closing in late in games five and six. He had 22 points in game five to pick up the slack for supposed sidekick Pau Gasol, who was unable to get going.

I must admit that I was among tho ...

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