Mo Williams: Derek Fisher is the ‘Hines Ward of the NBA’
The Lakers defeated the Clippers by a 112-104 final on Friday night. On Saturday, Williams delivered a Tweet about Derek Fisher in obvious reference to the confrontation at the end of the game. "If yall didn’t know, D Fish is the Hines Ward of the NBA," wrote Williams. "I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not. But don’t let that nice guy fool u."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Tough guy on the court. Nice guy off it.
This describes Derek Fisher, veteran guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. The same eloquent spokesperson for the Player’s Union used to scrap Kobe Bryant when both were rookies with the purple-and-gold playing one-on-one full court.
Yes, there’s plenty of bark to Fisher’s bite. Always has been, too.
This has helped him win five championships and even mediate the tension between Kobe and Shaq when their World Wars were front page news.
So Chris Kaman and Mo Williams shouldn’t be surprised and show such emotion over an incident in a regular season derby match between the Clippers and Lakers.
A few days back, Kaman felt Fisher led with an elbow on a screen. The seven-footer was ejected, but not before motioning to Fisher to meet him in the parking lot after the game for what can best be described as a ‘discussion’.
(Kaman and Fisher … ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’.)
Williams declared viral jihad on D-Fish, questioning his nice guy persona in a tweet. Perhaps Kaman and Williams were right. Perhaps they were wrong.
Elbows and flops are part of Fisher’s repertoire. It has helped him parlay a decent skill-set into a long and successful career.
Opponents can debate whether Fisher’s a nice guy. However, there’s no debate that he’s a winner.
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