Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Fisher and Chips
Twenty six points, 5-of-5 on 3-pointers, 10-of-11 from the field, four assists, in 28 minutes. No. Not Kobe Bryant.
That's last night's line for Derek Fisher in the Lakers 117-101 win at Memphis.
Fish has proven that he's not just a feel good story and a locker room leader. He's a clutch shot maker and a key component for the Lakers offense.
In the past 16 games, in which the Lakers have gone 13-3, the ball movement has been nothing short of superb. In fact, I believe this is the best the Lakers have run the triangle since...ever. That's right, even better than the three Lakers championship teams when Shaq or Kobe's individual talents were good enough to overcame not sharing the ball.
The Lakers are third in the NBA in scoring at 107.5 points per game, trailing only the Warriors and the Suns yet the Lakers are not known as a fast break, helter skelter team. The Lakers take 8 less 3-pointers a game than the Warriors, so they're taking good two point shots. They're also third in the league in assists and third in field goal percentage. Now that's offensive efficiency and you better believe having D Fish in at one of the guard spots alongside Kobe has been a big factor.
Mike Stoops refuses to play against real football teams: Check out Arizona's football schedule next year. The Wildcats' three non conference games are against Idaho, Toledo, and at New Mexico. I hope the home fans enjoy the Mud Hens and the Vandals. I guess Stoops is trying to go the Jim Tressel route by compiling the easiest possible schedule. Unfortunately, the Pac-10 is miles ahead of the Big 10 in competition, so Stoops and the Cats will have it much tougher after the third game. Maybe this scheduling strategy will add a win or two and get the Wildcats into a bowl game. That would be worth the change, but the fans certainly miss out on watching some of the best college football has to offer.
Don't be stupid Pete Carroll: The USC coach will reportedly discuss the Atlanta Falcons job with owner Arthur Blank. The bottom line is college coaches don't do well in the pros. Not in the NBA, not in the NFL. I can recall two college coaches being successful. Larry Brown in the NBA and Jimmy Johnson in the NFL. I'd love to hear about some other ones, but they just don't exist. Like Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino in recent NFL lore and Mike Montgomery in the NBA, college coaches and pro teams need to see the light.
Two big games tonight: Lakers at New Orleans Hornets and Arizona/ASU basketball = exciting day of hoops. The Daily Wildcat's Michael Schwartz writes that ASU is catching up to the Cats.
Check it out: My Daily News article on the Chaminade girls basketball team.
As always, an updated Lakers +/- (through 33 games) Lakers: 22-11, 6th in West
Up Next: at New Orleans Hornets Wednesday 5 p.m. PST KCAL