Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: L.A.’s Derek Fisher the King for a Night

June 9th, 2010 by Ian Chaffee Leave a reply »
"Fame," O.J. [Simpson. Yes, that one.] said, walking along, "is a vapor, popularity is an accident, and money takes wings. The only thing that endures is character."

"Where'd you get that from?" [A.C. "You Know Who He Is, Dammit"] Cowlings asked.

"Heard it one night on TV in Buffalo," O.J. said. "I was watching a late hockey game on Canadian TV and all of a sudden a guy just said it. Brought me right up out of my chair. I never forgot it."

-David Halberstam's epigraph, quoting a Paul Zimmerman Sports Illustrated article, to The Breaks of the Game, almost universally acknowledged as the best book about basketball that was and ever will be written

It seems like Derek Fisher has stood in the shadow of giants his whole career.

Maybe that's because the giants stand on his shoulders.

Let's begin with the start of his professional career, when the Lakers plucked him out of the basketball backwater of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (not to be confused with Nolan Richardson's Fayetteville powerhouse from the mid-90s) with the 24th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft:

Hubie Brown said it ...

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