NBA Rumors: Should the LA Lakers Keep Jordan Farmar or Derek Fisher?

Coming off their second straight championship, the Los Angeles Lakers don't really have many free agent decisions to make. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest are locked up for the next few seasons, so the main core of the team is staying in tact.

The biggest decision Mitch Kupchak and the front office has to make beginning July 1st is who to keep as their starting point guard: the young gun Jordan Farmar or the seasoned veteran Derek Fisher.

There are positives and negatives for both sides and it will be a criticized decision either way the Lakers decide to go, so which way should they go?


Derek Fisher

Fisher is the ultimate competitor and that is evidenced by his five championships and the amount of respect he has received from Kobe Bryant and others.

Kobe said that the Lakers couldn't have won any of their championships without Fisher and I believe that he truly means that. The 6’1” point guard has hit some big shots in all five championship years and has stepped up his defensive game on some tough point guards in that stretch.

The most obvious plus to re-signing Fisher is the leadership and experience he can provide come playoff time.

At 35 years old, Fisher believes he has enough left in the tank to lead a team for a couple more seasons. However, it's obvious that Fisher has lost a step and can't play as many minutes as he has in years past. Can he really lead a team for the next couple of seasons?


Jordan Farmar

Farmar is the guy the Lakers want to re-sign if they want to look a bit towards the future while still trying to win the championship.

The fourth year guard from UCLA certainly has championship leadership experience, as he was the leader of a team who made the championship game in his sophomore season. He needs some more NBA experience as a starter, but he ...

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