A few weeks ago the Lakers cast aside their starting point guard and co-captain, a fan favorite and locker-room leader, Kobe Bryant's best friend on the team and a guy whose clutch shots helped secure five championships for the franchise.
It was a tough, emotional decision, but it had to be done.
Now, when Derek Fisher returns to L.A. with his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, for Thursday's game at Staples Center, he may be extra-motivated to beat his old team. After all, it surely hurts to feel like you're no longer wanted.
But the Lakers did what they needed to do.
To compete for a championship this season, the Lakers needed a younger, more athletic point guard who could help take pressure off L.A.'s Big Three of Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol on both ends of the court. They got one in a trade with the Cavaliers just before the deadline, and 25-year-old Ramon Sessions has been just what the doctor ordered.
Sessions is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3...