Friday , Nov , 28 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Derek Fisher: Lakers Shouldn’t Get Complacent over Strong Start

So, when Fisher answers a question asking him to compare the Lakers’ 12-1 start this season with their 16-1 start in 2001-02, the thing he stresses is that the 2008-09 team has accomplished nothing special so far.

"As quickly as you can win 12 out of 13 or be 16-1, you go through a stretch where things get away from you," he said earlier this week. "It seems like things snowball from there and all the bad stuff comes out from under the rug.

"What I do remember most from that (2001-02) team was that we completed the end mission, which was to win a title. No matter how you start, it’s how you finish that matters."