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Derek Fisher: One Of a Kind

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IJune 4, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 23:  Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during Game Three of the Western Conference finals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on May 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 118-109.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The leadership. The hustle. The passion, heart, determination. The clutch shots time after time. The needed turnover. There is someone that can claim all these and more.

Yet, he may not make the Hall Of Fame, he may not even have his jersey retired. However, as long as you are a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, you will always remember what he did for you and the way this man conducted himself on and off the court. He's a fan favorite, a student of the game and forever a Laker. He is Derek Fisher.

You can look back at all the memories that Derek "D-Fish" Fisher has provided, but it's hard to determine which he will be forever remembered. It could be the 0.4 second shot. It could be any of the other last minute heroics, whether it be by a made field goal or causing a crucial turnover.

Fisher never was the type to call for the ball, but when he got a hold of it, there stood a man with a love of this game and all aspects of it. Over the course of his career, he's averaged just nine points per game to go along with 3.2 assists per game. Those numbers will never truly measure the talent of D-Fish. His vocal leadership and hard work is what makes him so special.

Coming from small town Little Rock, Ark., Fisher was not someone who always stood above competition. Even in college, he just averaged over 12 points per game throughout his career at Arkansas-Little Rock. That didn't stop the Lakers from selecting him 24th overall in the 1996 draft.

Since then, Fisher has spent just three seasons away from Los Angeles with brief stints in Golden State and Utah. In 2007, Fisher requested his release from the Jazz in order to relocate for his daughter. He wanted to return to Los Angeles to find the right specialists to help his daughter fight retinoblastoma. Since then, he's helped lead the Lakers to three NBA Finals, a loss to the Celtics, a win over the Magic and now in another series with the Boston Celtics.

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Brandon Williams is a Jabberhead and an SJ contributing author

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