A championship culture is different than a winning culture. If Derek Fisher can keep that and everything else Phil Jackson helped him learn in mind, he can build a championship culture in the New York Knicks basketball team. This is the key to long-term success.
Even with his on-court play diminished due to age, OKC signed Fisher for the exact same reason KD admired him: because he set an example with his work ethic and was, as the saying goes, a great locker room guy -- always willing to mentor the next generation of players.
Please do not do what it appears that both of you are gearing up to do. Please don't start mud slinging at each other in an ugly public display to tear down each others legacy and reputation.
Sports fans, basketball fans, fans of all ages and genders, it is time to have the courage to call out David Stern for megalomania.
I have a suggestion to solve this sport's crisis. Give Mark Cuban the power to rep the owners with full authority to agree to the terms of a contract.
No, the players haven't fallen apart. No, the season isn't in jeopardy... yet... even if the parties, who got close a week ago, are now back glaring at each other from their respective corners.
As I sat last night, riveted to game five of the Suns/Lakers series, I could not get the idea out of my head that this Lakers team may be the most utterly unlikeable team that I've ever seen.
Sports fans are a loutish bunch. However, the treatment of Derek Fisher this past week by the Utah fans was beyond deplorable.