Derek Fisher was a basketball legend, mainly for the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career, he played for the Lakers (1996-2004, 2007-2012), Golden State Warriors (2004-2006), Utah Jazz (2006-2007), Oklahoma City Thunder (2012, 2013-2014), and the Dallas Mavericks (2012). As a coach, he coached the New York Knicks from 2014 to 2016. He was known for his amazing shooting, clutch moments, and being a great teammate and human being. His five rings were earned with stars Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and many others Lakers greats in the 2000s.
Fisher was drafted by the Lakers with the 24th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He only averaged 3.9 points in his rookie season. As a Laker, he is mainly known for one shot, now called “The 0.4 Shot.” In game 5 of the 2004 western conference semifinals, the Lakers were down 73-72 after Spurs legend and future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan hit a fadeaway jumpshot. With 0.4 seconds left on the clock, and the Spurs fans celebrating, Fisher silenced the crowd after hitting a fadeaway of his own to give the Lakers a 74-73 win. Eventually they would lose in the NBA Finals that year to the Detroit Pistons.
His coaching career was clearly far less successful, though. As a coach of the New York Knicks, his record was 40-96. He was fired midway through his 2nd year of coaching the team. Sadly for Fisher, something happened to him that has a huge impact on his life at this point.
The former NBA player and coach had a tragic event happen to him this week. His house got broken into, and the five championship rings he earned on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010 were stolen in the robbery. Nearly $300,000 worth of jewelry was also stolen in the break-in. Fisher says that he was out of the house for around three hours at 7:30 AM on Monday, and when he arrived home, he noticed someone had gotten inside. He also said that they got in through a side door in his house.
Fisher has contacted the Los Angeles Police Department about this, but no arrests have been made as of yet. The NBA legend is waiting to find out who committed this robbery. Hopefully Fisher can find out who did this, and get his stolen valuables back as soon as possible. He worked his whole life to get those championship rings, and they were sadly stolen away.