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Lakers Name Pau Gasol Co-Captain, Declare Steve Blake Starter Reviewed by Momizat on . After all the trade shuffling that went down Thursday afternoon the Lakers suddenly have a few roster questions to answer. With the departure of Derek Fisher, t After all the trade shuffling that went down Thursday afternoon the Lakers suddenly have a few roster questions to answer. With the departure of Derek Fisher, t Rating:
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Lakers Name Pau Gasol Co-Captain, Declare Steve Blake Starter

After all the trade shuffling that went down Thursday afternoon the Lakers suddenly have a few roster questions to answer. With the departure of Derek Fisher, the team was left without a starting point guard or team co-captain.

Obviously the arrival of Ramon Sessions is expected to fill the point guard void, but as to who would be taking over as captain was less certain.

It was announced today (via Mark Medina of the L.A. Times) that the team promoted forward Pau Gasol to co-captain alongside Kobe Bryant. The position was previously held by Fisher.

Another change involves the Lakers giving Pau Gasol a co-captain role with Kobe Bryant after the team traded veteran guard Derek Fisher to the Rockets for Hill. But beyond the title change, Lakers players and Brown offered little insight about how they’ll fill the leadership void left by Fisher’s departure. Bryant and Gasol didn’t talk to reporters.

Coach Brown also announced that Steve Blake would assume the starting duties for now in the wake of Fisher’s departure. With Sessions not expected to play Friday night against Minnesota, the starting position lands on Blake’s shoulders by default. However, he wouldn’t commit to Blake as the starting point guard for the rest of the season.

“(Blake’s) my starter right now,” Brown said. “I think I would be off-base if I said is Steve going to be my starter for the rest of the year. I don’t know what this kid can bring to the table in terms of Sessions. But Steve is my starting point guard.”

The team did call rookie Darius Morris up from the D-League on Friday, presumably to help carry the point guard load against the Timberwolves.

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There’s no question the Lakers are currently in a fluctuating state, and will have to adjust to the loss of their captain. Still, the trades have been viewed as positives, and are expected to help the team on the court.

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  • Doc_boxx

    cool and sad.

  • John_LakersRule

    Fuck Jim Buss, greedy piece of shit.

  • Nunyabusiness

    I don’t understand why they traded fisher..just because he is getting old. Hello.. he contributed his efforts to get those championships ..and to let you know that everybody will get old…including the piece of shit general  manager  and the rest of the decision making…

    • Jackie_Noff

      because they don’t need 3 point guards… a little thought and you could’ve answered that question on ur own. sad to see fish go but it had to happen.

    • Drizzle

      he contributed amensely… then. Now we need to move on as sad as it is. This is a smart move period.

  • Mattwriter

    razor ramon has a carrer high 24 assists in a game not even chris paul has that many as a game high! look it up. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1629737387 John Combs

    The Lakers should have offered D-Fish the ootion to retire with a redyced role and contract. He wanted to retire a Laker. Not a respectable way to treat one of the main reasons/factors for obtaining their last 5 Rings, let alone saving there butts in the last 2 OT & Double OT wins, when Kobe & Co. Could not get it done. Salary Cap reasons are nonsense. They are still in the same boat Cap wise come sign time next season with Hill and Sessions. Bad move. Now you they killed our chances for a ring this year. We were making strides and closing in on Spurs and Okla. Who we can handle with experience in crunch time. Now, we have two kids who are unproven and will no doubt collapse under that kind of pressure. Oh what hind sight will show.

    • Guildtank

       If Fish could have defended Jarret Jack from going off for 30 pts (Jarrat Jack… seriously!), then we wouldn’t have needed to go into OT to start with

  • http://www.facebook.com/pcz007 Phil A. Correa

    We have to admit, Fisher did bring QUITE a legacy to us all; 5 champs with the Lakers, and all around great guy. However, some of you are blind to see the fact that his stats are obviously declining and I hate to admit, he did slow us down. I do agree with most of you all about trading away the heart of the team, but then again he DID want to be a starter despite getting Sessions so that’s why he was traded to the Rockets.

    Wherever Fisher goes, he’ll always be a Laker no matter what the outcome may be this season.  I just hope Gasol’s new position as co-captain can bring good luck to all their upcoming games.

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