Kobe Bryant showed his younger colleagues in the NBA that he still has it in him on Sunday night. In what would be his final NBA All-Star Game at home, Bryant scored 37 points to lead the West All-Stars to a 148-143 victory over the East All-Stars on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The West team led by as much as 17 points in the fourth quarter but LeBron James led the East in cutting the lead down to four in the final seconds. At that point, 32-year old Bryant looked running on empty after 30 minutes of action. Chris Bosh missed on a three-point attempt off a feed from James while Kevin Durant scored five straight points to keep the East at bay.
James came up with a superb all-around performance and could have been the MVP had the East prevailed. His performance of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists is only the second triple-double output in an All-Star Game. Hall of Famer Michael Jordan accomplished the same feat in the 1997 edition of the NBA All-Star Game.
Veteran point guard Derek Fisher had two shots at another NBA championship. For one, the Miami Heat is reportedly interested in signing him up to join its big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. On the other hand, he also has an opportunity to play alongside Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers to go for another three-peat next NBA season.
What made Fisher decide to stay with the Lakers is beyond the money he could possibly earn. After playing eleven seasons with Kobe and winning five NBA rings so far, it was hard for him to leave what he has called home for almost the entirety of his professional basketball career.
The core of last year’s champion team is still intact with Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum. With Derek Fisher back in the Lakers lineup next season, they are just as formidable as last year and will surely pose a huge roadblock to contenders like the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. One more ring, Kobe!
Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher is now an NBA free agent. He has played a key role in five of the Lakers’ championships with Kobe Bryant, the last one just the previous season. He has provided experience and maturity especially when Kobe and the others Lakers stars Pau Gasol, , Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum need leadership. Fisher’s clutch plays in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Celtics helped the Lakers overcome a 3-2 deficit and eventually capture the title in seven games.
Now that he is a free agent, he is reportedly meeting with the Miami Heat. This happened a day after LeBron James announced his move to the Miami Heat, joining Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. With the big three players taking a pay cut just to play together for a championship run, Miami Is in a position to offer Fisher more than what the Lakers could.
Adding veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the Heat lineup should indicate that Pat Riley is dead serious at making a title run next NBA season.