Should the Lakers retire Derek Fisher's number?
June, 18, 2010
By Henry Abbott
M. Haubs of the Painted Area:
Even though he's played 11 seasons as a Laker point guard, Fisher ranks only 12th in total assists. Even Michael Cooper, whose numbers are most comparable on the lower end, has the additional cache as an excellent defender -- he was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1986-87.
Of course, with all the intangibles and clutch shots, the key statistic for Derek Fisher is his five championships. Only five L.A. Lakers own that many rings; no one has won more of them as a Laker.
It's certainly remarkable, sitting here on championship night, to think that Derek Fisher's number 2 might not be retired.