Here’s what Mitch Kupchak and Phil Jackson had to say about the return of Derek Fisher to the Lakers today:
In evaluating our team at the end of last season, we said we needed help in the back court, primarily a veteran ball-handling guard said Kupchak. As we began looking at free agents, we never imagined that Derek would be available. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the opportunity to sign him became an option and we are pleased we were able to do so.
With Derek, weve added a veteran player that is familiar with the offense we run and who has had great success in doing so, said Kupchak. He will also be able to mentor and help our young players develop. He brings leadership and stability both on and off the court and is a consummate professional in all that he does. I am very happy to welcome him back to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers are thrilled to get back a key member of our three-time championship team in Derek Fisher, said Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson. Derek has been one of the clutch players for our team and I anticipate that hell have many more chances to contribute to our successes.