Sunday , Jun , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Should the Lakers retire Derek Fisher`s number?

The Los Angeles Lakers’ latest title brings up some important questions about the importance of role players in a dynasty. Most importantly, how much value should be put in their contribution? Some are now asking the question, should Derek Fisher have his number retired by the Lakers? At first glance, the answer is no.


 HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a tough call.

On the one hand, the Los Angeles Lakers only retire numbers of the all-time greats. For instance, there are just seven jersey hanging in the Staples Center rafters: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, and James Worthy.

That’s an impressive group. And Fisher – even when considering his championships, community work, and leadership – doesn’t quite belong.

On the other hand, Fisher deserves to be recognized, so why not make him the first Laker to have his number honoured. Many teams in different sports are now honouring numbers as a way to acknowledge the contribution of a very good but not great player.

Each team can then decide the best way to honour that player`s number. A team could give the player a special wing in the arena. Other teams have included a write-up in the their history. And some hold an appreciation night.

There are many options when honouring a number. And the Lakers must find the best way to honour, not retire, Fisher`s number.

Got thoughts?