After winning five NBA titles while playing alongside one another with the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant created a bond that will last a lifetime. Even though these two Laker legends won’t be able to finish their career playing together in Los Angeles, Fisher says Bryant’s recent injury impacted him emotionally via DerekFisher6.com:
Still, Kobe’s injury really put me in a tough place emotionally — not only because he is a friend, but also because it was an example of just how fragile this business really is, and how quickly your career can change. Things like that can happen, and just like that, you might not be the same.
It was a tough couple of days to kind of process that. But I’m better with it now. I know he’ll be fine. He’ll be great when he comes back.
As a result of Bryant’s knee injury, the five-time NBA champion will be out at least until the end of the month and potentially longer pending any setbacks. It’s been a rough year for Bryant with the superstar battling back from a torn Achilles tendon that kept him off the floor for eight months. However, he remains confident that he’ll be back and ready to compete at a high level once again this season.
As for Fisher, the veteran point guard is working on winning a sixth ring in his final season in the league with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fisher will be playing a bigger role for the rest of the season with Russell Westbrook going down with a knee injury once again.
With the Thunder currently in second place in the Western Conference with a 27-8 record, Oklahoma City has a solid chance at competing for a title this season. Westbrook’s injury could prove costly, but as of right now, the Thunder might be the best team in the West.
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