Contrary to popular belief, Derek Fisher played for two other teams before being traded by the Lakers at the trade deadline March 15.
Even if he’s never been considered L.A.’s star, Fisher’s five title rings make you think “Lakers” instinctively upon hearing his name. It’s not that his three years in Golden State and Utah should be totally cast aside â€” he did pilot the Jazz to the conference finals in 2007, mind you, with his chilling mid-game entrance. It’s just his legacy, besides his headband-over-ears look, is that of a Laker.
Which makes tonight’s game against Oklahoma City, his new team, all the weirder for Kobe Bryant. “It’s going to be emotional, I’m sure, for everybody, him and I in particular,” Bryant said two days after Fisher was traded to the Rockets, then bought out. He then signed with OKC for the rest of this season and picked up a No. 37 uniform. It’s a reference to his age â€” kind of like how his No. 2 in purple and gold could be seen as a play on his being Kobe’s sidekick for more than 12 years since they came in as rookies together in 1996.
Here are Derek Fisher’s top five moments as a Laker.
5, Not an oldie but a goodie, and probably D-Fish’s last, best moment as a Laker. Back in January, Kobe catches the Dallas defense napping on Fisher under 10 seconds, and then Fisher catches Dirk Nowitzki stumbling on his close out to hit a game-winner.Subscribe to UPROXX
4, Kobe and Fisher are close, sure, but this shows how much so: With Kobe asking for the ball 25 feet from the hoop in December 2010 against the Clippers (B.C. “Lob City”), Fisher instead lofts a game-winner. The slow-motion shot later in the video is incredible, showing just how close A) it came before the buzzer and B) it came to being sent in the 10th row by DeAndre Jordan.