Friday, October 1, 2010
The theme in Laker land right now seems to be limited minutes. This season starting guard and playoff hero Derek Fisher expects to star in games for no longer than your average sitcoms typical run time, with ad-breaks. Derek Fisher believes he will play for no more than a half hour a game with a talented guard rotation behind him featuring new signing, Steve Blake, re-signing, Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic. Fish plans to 'maximise' whatever minutes he has and has averaged 28.13 minuets over three seasons in his second stint with the Lake show. These limited minutes ensure that Fisher (at 36) is kept fresh for the crucial moments of games and the deciding games in the season/playoff. Derek's leadership and clutch play is vital to the showtime going on. Fisher really has picked the ball up where Robert Horry left off and has shot it well too.
Speaking of limited minutes Kobe may have only practiced once for this 'road' trip but the All-Star believes it is 'realistic' that he will see action in London and Barcelona. It appears however that he will play for about 8 minutes, half of what he was previously set to play.
Matt Barnes and Luke Walton have both suffered minor hamstring strains. Barnes on his left and Walton on his right. Both injuries are not serious and both players are listed as day to day as they flew out with the Lakers to embark on their European preseason campaign. Two guys who didn't make the trip are centre Russell Hicks and guard Anthony Roberson, who were released bringing the Lakers roster to a tidier 16. TIM DAVID HARVEY