I respect what Derek Fisher has done for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Really, I do.
I can close my eyes right now and picture him pulling up and hitting a three.
But I don’t buy the assumption that trading him is anything anyone should feel guilty about (No more than we should have felt guilty when he chose to go elsewhere in the past).
This is a business and people make business decisions. Fisher once left Los Angeles because he wanted to be better than what he was allowed to be in L.A. Now he has been traded because the Lakers want to be better.
They want to be younger and faster and have a chance to win outside of the history vault.
Kobe said, “I don’t get that sentimental.”
Bryant acknowledged that he talked to Derek Fisher and they discussed what it was like to go to battle together. He summed it up best, however, in two words: no and no. No, there hasn’t been anyone he’s been as close to on the court, and no, he was not angry about the trade.
There are personal emotions and there is business.
There is history and there are dreams.
There is yesterday and there is today.
This brings us to Ramon Sessions and his recent sit-down interview.
Watching this kid some 36 hours after becoming a Laker reminded me what it is all about.
It is about dreams and opportunities.
Who would have thought being part of a team with one of the most tragic recent histories and watching the rise of the assumed Rookie of the Year would lead to Sessions going from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Lakers?
In his interview, Ramon says three times in a minute and 50 seconds that “words can’t describe” what he is feeling.
And you can look at his face and see he means every word he cannot say.
He calls it a dream come true.
And though he looked good in his first game, reporters—ever hungry to produce a story—have argued that what the Lakers lost in Fisher will be seen most off the court.
I would like to counter by saying a portion of what Sessions could bring may be felt off the court as well.
With a team that has been there and done that when it comes to championships and a team that sometimes grows complacent and lazy and used to the attention, it may benefit to have a player who is a bit wide-eyed.
It may benefit to have a player from Cleveland who may only now be thinking what it would be like to be a champion.
It may benefit to have a player who doesn’t see this experience as another day at the office, but sees this, in his words, as a dream come true.
Sessions said he was brought in to push the tempo on the court. He may do the very same thing off the court as well.
History is as important to the past of a franchise as dreams are to its future.
Sometimes, as with March 15, they all but intersect.
The Lakers have not just said goodbye this week. They have also said hello.
And only time will tell what sort of history will come of this newest dream.