Winners, Losers In Big NBA Trading Day
March 16, 2012 by staff
Winners, Losers In Big NBA Trading Day, The one common trait that all NBA trade deadlines seem to share is a lot of hype and publicity leading up to the big event, and then very little in the way of brand name stars actually being moved. There are obvious exceptions (i.e. Pau Gasol), but the general rule of thumb as it applies to superstars rumored to get peddled elsewhere is: don’t buy the hype.
Still, even though there weren’t any superstars moved on Thursday, there were plenty of other consequential, telling transactions. Here is a quick rundown of the winners and losers from the trade deadline that was:
Winner: Los Angeles Lakers
The only thing that’s been more hilarious than listening to Lakers fans bash Derek Fisher over the last two years is listening to Lakers fans cry about losing him in a great trade. Again: losing Fisher was great for this organization. Say what you will about his locker room influence and steadying impact on Kobe Bryant, but none of that stuff means anything when your locker room is turning against the head coach — and scheduling players-only meetings — because you’re getting limited production from the point guard position. Character is key on championship teams. Being a great guy on a middle-of-the-pack unit that isn’t competing for a title means very, very little.
Moving Fish a.) saved L.A. money (any production from Jordan Hill will just be a cherry on top) and b.) opened the door for Ramon Sessions (11 points and five assists as a reserve this year) to get legitimate playing time. Sessions is younger, more athletic and substantially more productive than Fisher has been in years. This is a major upgrade.
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