Lakers Nation Debate: Should Derek Fisher’s Jersey Be Retired At Staples? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="244"] Topic: With Derek Fisher's playing career now officially over, we wonder if his jersey should be retired at Staples Center. Context: [new_royalslider id="244"] Topic: With Derek Fisher's playing career now officially over, we wonder if his jersey should be retired at Staples Center. Context: Rating: 0
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Lakers Nation Debate: Should Derek Fisher’s Jersey Be Retired At Staples?

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Topic: With Derek Fisher’s playing career now officially over, we wonder if his jersey should be retired at Staples Center.

Context: Earlier this week, Derek Fisher accepted the head coaching position with the New York Knicks, effectively ending his playing career. Fisher spent 18 seasons in the NBA, with 13 of those coming in LA where he became one of the most beloved Lakers of all-time.

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Though Fisher’s career numbers were never great, as he was a role player during all of his years, he will forever have a place in Lakers history. The ’0.4 shot’ is one of the greatest shots in NBA playoff history and will be played for years to come.

During the Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals, Fisher hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game with under 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and another one to give the Lakers the lead in overtime as they took a 3-1 lead over the Orlando Magic on their way to a championship.

In 2010, Fisher was the star in Game 3, playing perhaps the best fourth quarter of his life, and capping it off with a huge fast break layup and foul over three Celtics to ice the game. He even hit a big-time three-pointer in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of that series to put the Lakers over the hump.

The great moments of Derek Fisher’s Lakers career can be talked about for years, and even if he wasn’t the best, he was one of the most beloved Lakers in the history of the franchise. But is that enough to have his jersey hanging in the rafters??

Verdict: We went to Twitter to ask our followers if Derek Fisher deserves to have his number retired at Staples Center. These are some of the responses:

This is a very difficult and emotional subject. I love Derek Fisher as do most Lakers fans who have been watching this team in this era. This question really split fans down the middle as many fans want to see that #2 jersey in the rafters, while others believe Fisher is not on that level.

With almost any other franchise in the NBA, Fisher’s role in helping the franchise win five championships would undoubtedly have allowed his number to hang inside of Staples Center. But the Lakers have set a precedent with the numbers they retire.

The Lakers have nine former players whose jerseys have been retired. All nine of those players have a spot in the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Fisher’s name just doesn’t seem right next to the likes of Chamberlain, West, Abdul-Jabbar, and O’Neal.

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The Lakers do not retire the numbers of role players, and while Fisher may very well be the best of the bunch, it just wouldn’t be right to have his number up there.

At the very least, Michael Cooper and Byron Scott would have to have their names honored before Fisher could receive that honor. But until that happens, Fisher’s jersey can’t be retired at Staples Center in my opinion.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • TheTruthKills

    I don’t know. Byron Scott and Michael Cooper never had their numbers retired. Once upon a time I thought he should be up their, but not before Scott and Cooper.

    • CCX

      Love B Scott but Cooper merits it before Byron. I’ve been saying this for over a decade BTW…

  • Tune

    I’d have to agree, he was a role player. Great player, but not number retire good.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I don’t know but to me Michael Cooper should have his jersey retired first

    • comrade24

      couldn’t agree more. I think younger Lakers fans will say that Fisher should have his jersey retired but i’m with you. If Coop’s jersey doesn’t hang from the rafters, neither should Fishers. It would be a crime.

  • Prince Albert

    Greg Monroe Expects Multiple Suitors In Free Agency, Not Ruling Out Pistons

    Jun 15, 2014 1:42 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe expects a bevy of suitors as a restricted free agent next month, including possible interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks.

    “From what I have been told, it’ll be like that (college recruiting) a little bit,” Monroe said. “But the NBA has really strict rules and you can’t talk about it until July 1. Different things come out about teams who are interested, but I won’t know for sure until July 1 when I can actually talk to them.

    “I’m hoping and praying that I will have some options. As it looks right now I will have some. But I am just preparing myself and doing the normal things that I would around this time, working out. And on July 1, I’ll be with my agent and we’ll go through the process together.”

    The New Orleans Pelicans have made inquiries to the Pistons about a potential sign-and-trade scenario, according to a source.

    Monroe has been in contact with the Detroit Pistons’ front office and is not ruling out a return to the team. The trio of Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith did not prove successful this season.

    “I’ve been in communication with [Stan] Van Gundy,” Monroe said. “I met with him and he understands the position I am in right now and I am going to go through the process. I haven’t met (new general manager Jeff) Bower yet. But I have met with Van Gundy and have kept in constant contact with him through text messages.”

    Via Nakia Hogan/New Orleans Times-Picayune



    • jeremy

      for the right price lakers should get him, if other teams offer more then lakers should just move on. this might be another DeAndre Jordan type of deal were teams might over pay to get him even though he has more skills then DJ

  • jeremy

    some people would say no but i think maybe he should be because lakers won 5 rings with him and havent won one without him yet. however it debatable yet he help win 5 rings he wasnt that special of a player like a magic or kobe is

  • Sylvia Ross

    I think they should retire his number, he didn’t ask to be traded. He was a loyal Laker and always gave his all. I wish him the best in NY.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Let’s just retire a jersey for everyone who ever wanted to play for the Lakers. Remember when Fish left in free agency to the Warriors? Wanted a bigger role or some such nonsense and couldn’t even beat Speedy Claxton for a starting spot.

    • sportzmen

      he wasn’t traded….!!! he was let go in 03-04… he’s not worth a big $ contract…go ask utah, golden state or oklahoma about that….!!!!

  • michael

    we can’t retire number 2.

  • David Martinez

    He better retire that well deserved Jersey in and st the Staple Center and byes he will do a damn good job for them NY Knicks although it’s not the west coast but I’m sure he will do a good job

  • siyer

    With out question yes

  • A Fan

    Well, Fisher did come through in the clutch at ’09 and ’10 so I don’t see a problem with this

  • TPC

    Is this a serious question??? Hell no. Great guy. Clutch player. Key contributor. But he never even made an All-Star game.

  • Steel Bill Moreland

    Fisher played for too many teams under the number 2.I don’t think he payed his dues to have his number retired as a Laker.

  • Chrmngblly

    The Fish is a special case. He always was a “glue guy,” one of the few people in the world who could talk Kobe down. That’s something special all by itself. That being said, let’s see how this next phase goes for him.

    I predict continued success and in a couple years his total body of work may answer this question. Whatever the answer, he is dear to the Lakers.

    Cooper, too. I consider Coop to have been one of the greatest unsung heros in a Lakers pantheon of great role players.

  • Ken Cheng

    If only the Lakers had some alternative honoring methods for players who were great contributors, but not Hall of Famers.

    • comrade24

      agreed. for me, it’s bottom line, no Coop, no fish.

  • Pedro

    Politely no.

  • nlruizjr

    As much as I like Fish, he is a tweener, between good and great but maybe the Lakers should start a “Hall of Tweeners” for the tweeners.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I’d put him between good and mediocre. Good-to-great players make all-star teams. They win postseason awards. They don’t spend most of their careers fighting for a starting spot. I love Fish, but everyone needs to see the whole body of work here, and not just the 0.4 shot.

  • cj

    no unless he gets into the hof ( dont think is going to happen). the lakers only retire hof players numbers

  • B. Someone

    Kareem, Wilt, West… and Fish? As much as I love him I can’t see that happening. All the players who have their numbers retired are HOFers except for Shaq (who is also a lock to be inducted)

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    If we’re trying to retire “fan favorites” now, let’s put Horry, Scott, Rambis, Green, Odom, Vujacic, Cooper, Shannon Brown, and Trevor Ariza up there. And how about a -1, -12, and -54 to honor most hated players Smush Parker, Dwight Howard, and Kwame Brown?

  • sportzmen

    Not a chance….!!! Fish made a few shots here and there, that’s it…

  • sportzmen

    maybe utah, golden state or oklahoma can retire his jersey. he did about as much on those teams as he did while in LA….fish isn’t even close to being a star player…better hoist up robert horry’s jersey too and im against that as well…

  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Derek Fisher, Magic Johnson. Which of these doesn’t belong? Bigger question is when is No. 99 getting retired? Oh and yes Pau Gasol’s No. 16 will hang from the rafters one day.

  • 3339

    i don’t think it will be retired but thats no disrespect to Fish. The is a special place in Lakers lore for him.

  • iEATcelticBabies

    Yes, ofcourse, thats a dumb dumb question, but first, Coop and B-Scott !

  • iEATcelticBabies

    if the traitorous shaq was retired, then slava medvedenko should have his number retired aswel….i would have rather retired vlade divac’s number before shaq..

  • iEATcelticBabies

    Rick Fox is much more L.A than Shaq’les !

  • KOBEmomo

    Nupe. sorry. he wasnt even in an all star game smh.

  • Schuyler

    Fish will be in the hall of fame just for .4 He also was the reason we wone game 4 of the 2009 finals and game 3 of the 2010 finals. It’s just the way it is. He played a huge part in all 5 championships. I think he has the most 3′s of all lakers in the playoffs.

  • Srk

    I agree with the writer. If Cooper (as well as Scott) doesn’t have a jersey hanging up there then neither should Fisher. The precedent has been set: Only HoFers get their jersey retired by the Lakers. It wouldn’t be fair to the other great role players they’ve had if Fisher had his retiired and not theirs.

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