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Lakers' Fisher sees stock rise, Cincy's Little slides


May 29
Each week I will post my "Dick's Dow Jones" report on whose stock is up and whose is down from across the world of sports.

Derek Fisher
Lakers guard Derek Fisher hit 75 percent from 3-point range in the Western Conference finals.

Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers has seen his stock climb. Remember, he missed most of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, and his return gave the Lakers a big boost.

The Lakers are 26-5 – including 11-0 in the playoffs – since Fisher came back from the injury.

Yes, Phil Jackson's team has the best 1-2 punch in basketball with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. But Fisher has directed the attack, creating opportunities for Shaq and Kobe. The former Arkansas-Little Rock guard has been a vital force and a key component as Los Angeles hasn't lost in the postseason.

Fisher hit 6-of-7 trifectas in the Game 4 clincher against the Spurs. For the series, he finished with 15-of-20 threes made against San Antonio.

Former University of Cincinnati big man Donald Little had many chances. Unfortunately, he had off-court incident after off-court incident that plagued his collegiate career.

In the end, coach Bob Huggins had no choice but to throw Little off the Bearcats team.

What could have been for the talented big man? He could have been an impact player this season. Instead, he is off the team.

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