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An NBA point guard, Derek Fisher was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers when they won three straight championships from 2000 to 2002.
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Fisher, now playing the role of steady veteran, contributed to the Lakers' quick reemergence as the NBA's premier franchise. After losing to the Boston Celtics in an upset in the 2008 NBA finals, the Lakers again won back-to-back NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. While Fisher and Bryant were celebrating their fifth NBA championship together in 2010, Bryant pulled Fisher aside at center court to say, "It's worth it, man. It's worth it. All that work. All that hard work."
In addition to his illustrious career on the basketball court, Fisher was elected president of the National Basketball Player's Association (the NBA players' union) in 2006. That same year, Fisher donated $700,000 to his alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, founding the Fisher Fellows Life Skills Program as a way to mentor student athletes at the university.
Through his skills as a basketball player, his leadership of the National Basketball Players Association and his unflinching devotion to his family and community, Fisher has become one of the most respected athletes of his generation. Fisher's role model, the legendary ex-Lakers point guard Magic Johnson, wrote that "Derek Fisher is one of the most highly regarded players in the game today, and the respect he has earned is richly deserved & It's Derek's quiet example of how to live a good life and achieve success on and off the court that makes him remarkable & The league, and the world at large, could use more people like Derek Fisher in it."
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