badabing8888 wrote:I disagree with 32 on this.
Why should he retire if he does not have to. If he can be with his daughter AND continue his career then that is the best of both worlds. Why would you not expect a man to try to strive for that?
Is it just that it is with the Lakers? If he moved to Philadelphia and resumed his career with them would you feel the same way?
As a player, Fisher annoys the crap out of me. I was irrate when we signed him and hated every minute he was on the floor but why critisize a guy for having a career and taking care of family obligations. And the Jazz knew when they terminated his contact that he would seek employment with the Lakers. Nobody is a victim here.
As I recall, Fisher didn't consider playing for another team until the Lakers began courting him after he got his release from the Jazz. It was at that point, Fisher began his "don't-blame-me", victim jargin about how Los Angeles (and, interestingly enough, cities that housed most of the contenders in the league) had ample medical treatment for his daughter (as if Salt Lake City didn't have a credible doctor in the most populated town of Utah).
Personally, I think viewing this as an innocent, 1-in-a-million coincidence come true, rather than a dubious plot behind the scenes by Fisher and his agent to get him back on the Lakers, is being a tad bit liberal with how much BS we're allowing ourselves to believe from the LA/Fisher camp, as opposed to the Utah crowd that feels burned to this day. Considering they had to make a midseason trade to aquire Kyle Korver to replace Fisher as an off-the-bench shooter, you can't claim there wasn't a victim here. Fisher, for whatever most of us feel about him, is a productive player... and was among the league's most favorable bench choices when he played for Utah. Asking for a release, citing his daughter's illness, and than backing out on his word to play for a more popular team in a location he's more comfortable with, is downright disgusting to me. I don't see Fisher as a loving father coming to the aid of his ailing daughter; I see him as a swindler using an unfortunate family situation to manipulate his way back into the LA spotlight... and, unfortunately (as we saw with SoCoolBob a while back), people are prone to believing those that play the victim role because it often seems cruel to think otherwise. I disagree. I believe Fisher had an alternative motive, other than his daughter, when resigning as a member of the Utah Jazz.