On a day where loyal Lakers fans sacrificed a day of work to make it out to a sea of purple and gold, a day where a foot of progress seemed like a mile of anxiousness and a day EVERY Lakers fan made it top priority for a celebration, Derek Fisher was humbled by the sight of fans simply giving thanks. His smile and energy matching ours made all of our efforts worthwhile.
As we all know, Derek Fisher's huge contribution as a Laker throughout this decade has made him an all-time Laker favorite. On the court, his courage, his heart, his love for basketball, game in and game out is why he will ALWAYS be a Laker in fans eyes. Off the court, his professionalism in every interview given, his commitment to his charities and basketball camps and first and foremost, his family. He makes family TOP PRIORITY. If you're looking for a role model, try looking past those the media have chosen and set your eyes on #2 Derek Fisher, a true humanitarian.
Not many people know this about #2. Derek Fisher was voted President of the NBA Players Association. Derek has also been the color commentator for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA since July 1, 2008. When D. Fish rejoined the Lakers in 2007 for a 3 year contract of 14 million, he left 8 million dollars on the table in Utah. Why do you ask? Derek is all about family and love. His heart is more golden than the NBA trophy he now holds. His daughter Tatum was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancerous tumor in her left eye and he decided to move back to Los Angeles to get better treatment for his daughters cancer.
You'd think the fans in Utah would welcome Derek's seasonal revisit. Think not. Aside from Utah fans chanting "CANCER" when Fisher is at the free-throw line, they also cover their left eye, the one his daughter has had her problems with.
Derek Fisher and his family DOES NOT deserve this crap and us Lakers fans will NEVER show that kind of disrespect. Period!
Directly inserted from Derek's website (http://www.derekfisher2.com/) is the information for his first annual DFBA Summer Camp!
The Derek Fisher Basketball Academy is proud to announce its first summer basketball camp.
A three-time NBA champion, Derek has created an experience for children and teens of all skill levels, dedicated to developing the basketball, leadership and life skills of every camper.
Respected for his talent and professionalism across the league, Derek and his team of training specialists -- the same ones who help him prepare during the basketball season -- will be on site daily to work with campers, teaching them core skills of the game of basketball, and how to succeed in life.
Each camper's daily schedule will be filled with drills, chalk talk, interactive instruction, competitions and daily surprises, all held at HAX, a state-of-the-art basketball training facility in Los Angeles.
CAMP DATES AND TIMES:
Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24, 2009
Arrival daily: 9:00 to 9:30 AM
Pickup daily: 3:00 to 3:30 PM
You can register online right now!
So in conclusion, I speak on behalf of every Lakers fan...THANK YOU.