Derek Fisher was never a star, but he was still an important part of two great Lakers dynasties.
He played a total of 13 seasons for LA from 1996 to 2004 and again from 2007 to 2011. At his best, Fisher was the starting point guard for the Shaq and Kobe teams, which won three straight NBA championships from 2000-2002. Fisher is perhaps best known for hitting a buzzer to beat the Spurs in the 2004 Western Conference semifinals.
That team was eventually overwhelmed by the Pistons in the NBA Finals, but Fisher pressed on win two more world championships with the Kobe-Pau Gasol teams from 2009-2010. Fisher eventually played a total of 20 seasons in the NBA, finally retiring after the 2013–2014 season. After he finished playing, Fisher later served as the head coach of the WNBA’s Knicks and LA Sparks.
Next, Fisher is ready to try his hand at coaching at the high school level. Accordingly Will Conybeare at KTLA, Fisher will train with Crespi (Encino, California) for the upcoming season. According to KTLA, Fisher said in a statement he was grateful for the opportunity.
“My family and I are grateful and grateful for this opportunity to join the Crespi family…Coaching and teaching is a true passion and I look forward to continuing to bring that focus to the next generation of young student athletes.”
Crespi went 18-12 last season but only 1-6 in their own league.
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