Derek Fisher's absence leaves leadership void

If my prediction holds up, and of course I believe in myself, the Western Conference finals will feature the Lakers going up against the OKC Thunder. And, if that happens, the thought that Derek Fisher could be signing there is

Derek Fisher is in advanced negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Western Conference leaders after clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Fisher is scheduled to clear waivers

If my prediction holds up, and of course I believe in myself, the Western Conference finals will feature the Lakers going up against the OKC Thunder. And, if that happens, the thought that Derek Fisher could be signing there is

Asked about the captaincy and the responsibilities that come with it, Brown shrugged and said that with Derek Fisher having been shipped out, Gasol was the logical choice to join Kobe Bryant in the role. “He'll do whatever a captain does,” Brown said.

By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters on Friday for the first time since the team traded his longtime backcourt running mate, Derek Fisher, following the Lakers' 97-92 win over the