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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Loyalty


I wasn't too fond of Derek Fisher when I first saw him play basketball. I mean, I thought he was a solid guard. Someone who could bring the ball up the court and make the right pass at the right given time. I admired him though. He was a tough player. A very strong guard and I liked his demeanor. He won me over 2 years into the league when he showed he wanted to play for L.A. he admired the fans and he wasn't a score first pass later type of player. After that he kept me on his side with his miraculous shot with .4 seconds left on the clock agaisnt San Antonio..That was key. Anyway, this was his statement on what he decided to do with his free agency.


"My free agency was a time for me to reevaluate my position in the league, reflect on my accomplishments individually and as a teammate, and determine what new goals I want to achieve in the future. Many reports were completely false. Numbers reported were guesses and true “sources” were few and far between. I took time to consider all my options, many not reported in the media. I listened to every coach, every general manager, even potential teammates in order to make the right decision and I thank every one of them. At the end of the day, there’s one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts. We have won five championships together. I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles. While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this off season, it is the most valuable. I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin…"

Words courtesy of:www.nba.com