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Encyclopedia > Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher
Position Point guard
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League NBA
Team Los Angeles Lakers
Jersey #2
Born August 9, 1974 (1974-08-09) (age 33)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Nationality Flag of the United States United States
High school Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School
Little Rock, Arkansas
College Arkansas-Little Rock
Draft 24th overall, 1996
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (1996–2004)
Golden State Warriors (2004–2006)
Utah Jazz (2006–2007)
Official profile Player Info

Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was with the Utah Jazz last season, but asked to be released from his contract only to provide care for his 10-month-old daughter, who has cancer.[1] Utah did not have a medical center that specialized with retinoblastoma, the type of cancer his daughter was diagnosed with. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Little Rock redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School is a magnet school in Little Rock, Arkansas that concentrates heavily on science and the arts. ... Little Rock redirects here. ... Dickinson Hall University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the third largest university, by enrollment, in Arkansas. ... The 1996 NBA Draft was the 54th draft in the National Basketball Association. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Little Rock redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the retina. ...


Fisher attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was selected 24th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, and spent his first eight seasons with them. He averaged double digits in points in three different seasons (2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03) and won three consecutive NBA championships with the team. Dickinson Hall University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the third largest university, by enrollment, in Arkansas. ... The 1996 NBA Draft was the 54th draft in the National Basketball Association. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ...

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High School Years

Fisher attended the Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was a good student and a letterman in basketball. Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School is a magnet school in Little Rock, Arkansas that concentrates heavily on science and the arts. ... Little Rock redirects here. ...


NBA career

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...

Fisher's finest moment

Fisher's finest playoff hour came in Game 5 (May 13, 2004) of the 2003-04 Western Conference semi-finals between the Lakers and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. With the series 2-2, Game 5 was a tight affair though the Lakers led throughout the game. With 11 seconds remaining, Kobe Bryant hit a jump shot to put the Lakers up 72-71. The Spurs, needing last-minute heroics, thought they had clinched the game when Tim Duncan made an 18-foot shot despite falling away from the basket. The Spurs led 73-72 with 0.4 seconds on the clock. After three consecutive time-outs, Gary Payton found Fisher, who managed to catch, turn, and shoot to hit the game winning shot. Fisher sprinted off the court because, he later admitted, he himself was not sure he had beat the buzzer and wanted to get off the floor before the play could be reviewed. The Spurs immediately filed a dispute regarding the shot anyway and, after reviewing video footage of the play, the referees concluded that the ball had indeed left Fisher's hand before the clock expired. The "0.4" basket counted and the Lakers had won. ABC analyst Doc Rivers repeatedly mentioned during the timeouts that that 1 tenth made all the difference in the world, and that with .3 seconds, they would have had to throw Shaq an ally-oop, or some sort of tip play. is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the basketball player. ...


Fisher was nicknamed "The Fish that Saved L.A" for the play and was credited with saving the championship run, as losing the game might have extended the series to seven games. The Lakers went on to close out the series in Game 6 to defeat the Spurs. They went on to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves to clinch the Western Conference championship, but were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Detroit Pistons 4-1. That season ended Fisher's first run with the Lakers. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003-04 National Basketball Association season. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


Golden State Warriors

After the 2004 season, Fisher became a free agent. Although Fisher was popular, the Lakers saw him as a role player. With Gary Payton and Karl Malone also on the team, Fisher was also removed from the starters list to the bench and playing 18-20 minutes a game. The Lakers also offered him $15 million USD over three years. In contrast, the Golden State Warriors offered Fisher $37 million over six years and guaranteed him the role of the team's starting point guard. The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Gary Dwayne Payton (born July 23, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... USD redirects here. ...


In addition to those factors, the Laker team that Fisher had played with completely split apart. Head coach Phil Jackson had retired and star center Shaquille O'Neal had been traded away. Although Kobe Bryant had indicated he might opt out, he eventually stayed with the team. Over the next few months, most of the team was also traded away, leaving just Bryant and Devean George as the only two players left from the championship run. This article is about the basketball coach. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Devean Jamar George (born August 29, 1977 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. His position is small forward. ...


On July 16, 2004, Fisher signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent. He had told the Warriors he would accept their offer only hours before Bryant first announced that he would in fact stay with the Lakers, and then immediately called Fisher asking Fisher to return to the team. Fisher has not speculated about whether he would have made a different decision had Bryant's announcement and call come before Fisher committed to the Warriors. is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Fisher's two-season term with Golden State proved to be something of a disappointment, as some of the weaknesses in his game were exposed. While he is a good spot-up shooter, without a star player such as Bryant or O'Neal to command a double-team, Fisher saw limited openings, and struggled against quicker players. The team as a whole continued to struggle mightily and languished near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.


Fisher had stated that his primary reason for leaving the Lakers to come to the Warriors was the chance to run his own team as the starting point guard, but Baron Davis soon replaced him in that role and he came off the bench for the majority of his time in Golden State. In the 2005-06 season, he was productive in that back-up role, averaging over 13 points a game, the highest season scoring average of his career. Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently playing at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Utah Jazz

Derek Fisher was acquired by the Utah Jazz on July 12, 2006 in a trade that sent Keith McLeod, Andre Owens, and Devin Brown to the Golden State Warriors. In February 2007, he was elected president of the NBA Players Association. The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Keith McLeod (born November 5, 1979 in Canton, Ohio) is a professional basketball player currently with the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association at the point guard position. ... Andre Owens (born October 31, 1980 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player formerly of the NBAs Utah Jazz. ... Devin Brown (born December 30, 1978 in Salt Lake City, Utah[1]) is an American National Basketball Association player currently with the New Orleans Hornets. ...


He had stated vaguely a few days before the beginning of the Conference Semifinals that one of his four children was ill, avoiding going into further detail on the serious aspect of it, other than to say he needed to be with his family instead of participating in the game on May 7th.


It was not until after Game two, during an on-court post game interview that Fisher went into more explicit detail on the grave situation involving 10-month-old daughter, Tatum. She had been diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a degenerative and rare form of eye cancer, which required an emergency three-hour surgery and chemotherapy at New York's Presbyterian Hospital. Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the retina. ...


Earlier Derek had asked coach Jerry Sloan to leave him on the active list, but said he could not guarantee he would make it back to play. After receiving permission from the doctors in New York he and his family flew back to their home in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was not until he landed that he found out teammate and starting point Deron Williams was in foul trouble and his backup for the game, Dee Brown, had been seriously injured. He knew his team needed him, as forward Andrei Kirilenko was playing point guard. Derek Fisher arrived at the arena in the middle of the third quarter, suited up, and with no time for warm-ups or a shoot-around, he made his way to the court late in the quarter. As he walked down the bench he received high-fives from teammates, and before he could take a seat on the bench he was called upon by head coach Jerry Sloan to enter the game. Derek has since come out and said he was feeling very nervous and was telling himself to go out there and not do anything. He told himself not to shoot, but just go out there and hold the ball. He entered the game for fill-in point guard Andrei Kirilenko. He received a standing ovation from the crowd, hugs from teammates and a hug from former teammate Baron Davis. He followed through on his word, and did pretty much nothing in the little time he got at the end of the third quarter. The Jazz looked like the game was slipping away in the fourth quarter but started to make a comeback. With little time left in the quarter he made a critical defense stop on the Warrior's star player Baron Davis, which gave the Jazz a chance. This tied up the game and it was sent into overtime. The Jazz had taken a 120-117 lead when Deron Williams found a wideopen Fisher in the corner for three, and Fisher did not hesitate this time. He fired and it went in, sealing the win for the Jazz.


Second run with Lakers

On July 2, 2007, Fisher announced at a news conference with team owner Larry Miller that he was leaving the Jazz to devote his energies to fighting his daughter's illness. He said Utah simply did not have the medical care required for his daughter, and that only 6 cities did. He did not know whether or not he would play basketball again, his main concern was finding the right care for Tatum. However, after much speculation, on July 19, 2007, he officially rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers by signing a 3-year contract worth roughly $14 million. He had given up roughly $8 million over 3 years, as he was due about $22 million over the next 3 years in his prior contract with the Jazz. is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Trivia

  • Fisher is the younger brother of former NBA player Duane Washington.[2]
  • The full-court practice gym at UALR's recently-built Jack Stephens Center is named in Fisher's honor.
  • In November 2006, Fisher was voted President of the NBA Players Association, succeeding Antonio Davis. Fisher had previously served as vice president.[3]
  • Fisher's daughter was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in 2007, and he missed a game and half of the 2007 NBA Playoffs versus the Golden State Warriors to be with her for the surgery. He came back for Game 2 to help lead the Jazz to a two game lead over the Golden State Warriors. However, he missed half a game during the Game 5 loss to the San Antonio Spurs who advanced to the NBA Finals.
  • Fisher and his wife Candace have 4 children: Marshall, Chloe, and twins Tatum and Drew.
  • Fisher was nominated for Best Moment in the 2007 ESPYs for his dramatic moment in the 2007 Playoffs in Utah.

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References

  • Jackson, Phil (2004). The Last Season: A Team in Search of its Soul. Penguin Press. ISBN 1-59420-035-1. 
  • "Lakers Shock Spurs with Game 5 Miracle", MSNBC, May 14, 2004. 
  • Derek Fisher's Career Statistics. NBA.com. Retrieved on March 15, 2005.

Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Preceded by
Antonio Davis
NBA Players Association President
2006–
Succeeded by
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Antonio Lee Davis (born October 31, 1968 in Oakland, California) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. ... NBA redirects here. ...

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Derek Fisher at AllExperts (899 words)
Fisher is a 1992 graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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Derek Fisher was acquired by the Utah Jazz on July 12, 2006 in a trade that sent Keith McLeod, Andre Owens, and Devin Brown to the Golden State Warriors.
Derek Fisher : Sandbox.com - Derek Fisher Biography from Sandbox.com (620 words)
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