Los Angeles Lakers legend Derek Fisher recently opened up about what it meant to him for his beloved Lakers to win the NBA title last season. The 46-year-old, who is currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA, expressed his delight in L.A.’s recent accomplishment.

According to Fisher, he’s really proud of what this group achieved in what has been an absolutely tumultuous year:

“It was great man,” Fisher said, via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “Especially this year, a really difficult, difficult year for everybody for many reasons. So I think to see them break through and see them get it done this year… It was a joy. They deserve a lot of credit. It took a lot of courage to get done and they’re in a position to possibly be one of the favorites to do it again next year so, you know, its great for LA, great for Lakers fans. Again, they deserve a lot of credit for seeing it all the way through.”

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By winning the 2020 NBA Championship, the Lakers were able to end their decade-long drought without a title. Interestingly, the last time the Lakers won the chip was in 2010, and at that time, L.A.’s starting point guard was none other than Fisher himself. The 6-foot-1 guard won a total of five championships with the Lakers.

As Fisher expressed above, he also believes that L.A. is a title favorite again this coming season. It’s going to be a tough campaign ahead, with teams beefing up to challenge the Lakers for the title. Then again, the Purple & Gold themselves are expected to make a few upgrades of their own, as they go out to defend their crown in the 2020-21 season.