As a Lakers fan, watching that video was awful. Nonetheless, as with life, you have to move on and and take advantage of the opportunities that are handed to you. Now that Derek Fisher is with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Western Conference title looks to be heavily geared towards OKC even more. What does Fisher bring to the young team that they didn’t have before? Veteran leadership. Kevin Durant is a tremendous leader, but he doesn’t know what it’s like to help your team get through a championship. That’s where Derek Fisher comes in. He’s not going to be the stat monster people may want him to be, but he’s going to bring a level of intensity and bring the young Thunder team back down to earth. His ability to be a floor coach and his experience through five championships will be a valuable asset for OKC if they want to make a championship run. Now without further ado, let’s take a look at some best plays that Derek has made in a Lakers uniform.
5. Dunk on Allen Iverson in Game 2 of 2001 NBA Finals
In game 2 of the 2001 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, Derek Fisher went on a fastbreak and dunked on Allen Iverson. The Lakers would go on to win the NBA Championship that year.
4. Clutch 3 against the Utah Jazz in 2010 Western Semi-Finals
Against one of his former teams, Derek hits a clutch three-pointer that sealed the game. The Lakers would go on to meet the Celtics that same year. Which brings us to our next play…
3. Layup over three Celtics in 2010 NBA Finals
Derek Fisher grabbed the rebound and ran across the court to hit a layup against three Celtics in the closing seconds of the game and got fouled at the same time. The Lakers would win the championship that year.
2. The Infamous 0.4 shot against the Spurs
Kobe hits a jumper that gave the Lakers the lead. Tim Duncan responded back with his own jump shot to regain the lead with 0.4 seconds left. Everyone thought it was over. Everyone assumed that the Spurs were going to have a 3-2 series lead over the Lakers. That was until Derek hit a remarkable shot barely beating the buzzer to give the Lakers the win. This shot will always be synonymous with Derek Fisher, and even though the Lakers didn’t win a championship that year, it will go down as one of the greatest shots in NBA history.
1. Clutch Shots against Magic in 2009 NBA Finals
In Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals, Derek Fisher hit a pair of clutch threes against the Orlando Magic. The first three sent the game into overtime. The second three gave the Lakers the win. These threes paved the way for a fourth championship for Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, and also the first championship post-Shaq era.
There you have it people. Derek Fisher has proven time and time again that he has the ability to come up big when it matters the most. Derek will remain as one of the greatest Laker of all time and one can only hope that the organization will retire his jersey. With his career in purple and gold seemingly over, his contribution to the franchise is greatly appreciated among Laker fans and he will be sorely missed.