Okay, I just love Derek Fisher. One of the Lakers’ most senior players, he is my favorite not just because he’s great, but because he plays (and lives) with so much heart, so much love—and you can just see it and feel it.
Wherever the series goes (and obviously I hope it goes to the Lakers), playing away in Boston is a tough place to win a game on the road. Kobe may be the “star,” but he was cold last night and Fisher won that game for his team.
In the post-game interview, standing on the court, Fisher had tears in his eyes as he expressed how much he loves his team and helping his team win. We all have our heroes, but I can’t relate to Kobe in his often super-human skills and somewhat remote emotional presence; however, Fisher is a person I can look to and say, “I want to be more like him.”