...and here I was thinking that the Lakers were going to sit back and watch the storm pass.
The NBA trade deadline was today March 15th at 3 p.m. EST and boy did the Lakers organization meet that deadline. Here's an excerpt from Lakers.com:
A flurry of activity on trade deadline day in the NBA brought a new look to the Lakers heading into the final 23 games of the season, with the acquisition of point guard Ramon Sessions from Cleveland and departure of Derek Fisher to Houston headlining two moves directed by general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Joining Sessions from the Cavs is forward Christian Eyenga, in exchange for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, a protected 2012 first round draft pick and other considerations. To get Fisher and the 2012 first pick L.A. received from Dallas in the Lamar Odom trade, the Rockets sent big man Jordan Hill to Los Angeles.
The thought of Derek Fisher no longer a Laker seems surreal to me. I fell victim to joining the countless of Laker fans who looked toward his direction as the first unit's weakest link but I would never think that Fish would be the first to go. I thought his role was better suited off the bench and not as a starter but now there's no Derek Fisher at all to argue any point. Fans certainly didn't expect this.
The upside to all of this is that the Lakers gain speed at the 1 in Ramon Sessions but lose the one player Kobe ever listened to as a teammate/coach. This is big since there's doubt in the locker room with how Brown is coaching his mega star. Losing Fisher who has been there with Kobe since both of their rookie years in '96 (w/ exception to seasons '04-'06) is going to be very hard on Kobe. His responsibility to provide leadership as team captain will be more critical than ever.