Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher is playing out his final season in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fisher hopes to finish his last year with a title and seems to believe that his former teammate, Kobe Bryant, intends to do the same according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News on Feb. 13:
"There’s a lot more to it than just him coming back from the injury that is impacting him psychologically, At this point in his career, he’s also thinking about having an opportunity to win a championship again before retiring."
Fisher also went on to say that Kobe can still dominate the game at an advanced age, but winning another title will depend on the Lakers building around him:
"He’s always been prepared to face the realities that we all face as we age [...] But when you’re as skilled as he is, you can still go out and dominate games and be extremely effective. But how that plays out, a lot of it depends on the team and what they build around him. We’ll have to wait and see on that one."
It has been a rough year to say the least for Kobe. The future Hall of Famer has only played in six games thus far this season due his recovery from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon and a knee fracture on the same leg suffered in December.
Despite battling through these injuries at an advanced age (35), Kobe has vowed to return this season regardless of the team's record. It remains to be seen if he'll be able to return at some point in the second half of the season, but it won't surprise anyone if he does get back on the floor in March.
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