Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  8 responses

Derek Fisher’s Double-Duty

Fisher‘s dual roles as both the Lakers‘ point guard and president of the Players Union can at times come into conflict, making his life a bit trying, especially these days with the possibility of a lockout looming. From the NY Times: “His whole career, Fisher said, but especially the years when the Lakers had dueling superstars with different agendas, ‘have been very, very good training, on-the-job, hands-on, in-the-moment type training.’ The most frazzled he has felt juggling his game with his union responsibilities, he said, came one day last month in Minneapolis. He had a teleconference at noon with Commissioner David Stern; the union’s executive director, Billy Hunter; and five others. Basketball practice was scheduled to start an hour later. At first Fisher had the wrong pass code for the call; then he kept losing the connection. In the confusion, Fisher lost track of the time and did not phone Coach Phil Jackson or the team’s trainer, Gary Vitti, to say he would be late. ‘I remember thinking, even if I have to take a little bit of flak or get into a little bit of trouble short term with the team, this call is worth it because this is the whole game, this is everything,’ Fisher said. ‘I felt like even if Phil fined me, he would still understand the intention of my actions. It wasn’t just because I overslept or was off doing something personal.’ Fisher arrived for the tail end of practice and was not fined, he said. Afterward, he and Jackson talked. ‘Derek’s a very conscientious guy,’ Jackson said. ‘He puts a great effort into what he does.’ He added: ‘A lot of times on the plane I sit across the aisle from him, and he’s spending a lot of his time reading stuff and going through agreements and looking at proposals. I know it weighs heavily on him, the responsibility.’”

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    good on ya derek. i think you really are phil jacksons favourite.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    You’re everybody’s favourite!

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Derek Fischer is seriously a true role-model. Dude puts in work…maybe we should all look no further for where Kobe learned to work hard.

  • Robb

    @AlbertBarr Kobe’s always had a strong work ethic, it wasn’t really learned from Fish. Yet, Derek’s friendship and counsel has been critical for Kobe. I’m sure he wouldn’t be the player he is today without him. He’s a true role model, no question.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Another reason why I love the guy. One of my favorite athletes.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Fish is still a dirty player,.and possibly the biggest flopper in the game. He is unquestionably the biggest flopper on screens. . I wonder how much hes helping the cba process.

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    Fisher does flop, but that doesn’t make him a dirty player. Unless those were two unrelated points. Even then, seems like a weird thing to bring up considering the subject matter.

  • Mike from Spain

    When I first started watching NBA games regularly about a couple of years ago, I would think “WTF, why do the Lakers have Fish in their lineup at all?”. Now, after getting to know more about him and what he’s done in the first Laker three-peat, and his job in the players’ association, I feel a bit ashamed at how I used to think about him… Fish is one of my fav players now, if not because of their game right now, because of who they are and what they’ve done.