July 10, 2007, - 8:44 pm

Derek Fisher: Hero & Father of the Year

Been meaning to get to this for some time. Would you give up $21 million dollars to attend to your daughter’s eyesight?
While many fathers love their daughters just as much, few will ever know if they would actually walk away. NBA star Derek Fisher does, and that’s why I think he’s the Father of the Year.
Fisher asked the Utah Jazz to release him from his NBA contract–with 3 years and $21 million in guaranteed salary remaining–so that he could concentrate on continued treatment of his 12-year-old daughter’s rare form of retinal eye cancer. The combination of specialists she needs are not available in Salt Lake City (home of the Jazz) and are only available in a few cities. (Read these two commentaries (here and here) on Fisher’s incredible moral character.)

Said Fisher:

Life for me has always outweighed the game of basketball.
I know it’s hard for people to imagine at this point what I’m giving up and what my family and I are giving up in terms of what we’ve established in my career and this contract that I worked my entire life to secure. It’s the risk that we have to take at this point.
There are just some decisions in life that you make, and they’re just the right decision to make, and you can’t worry about or be overly concerned with what’s to come after when you’re just doing it for the right reasons.

Yes, there are many loving fathers around America who cannot afford–unlike Fisher–to quit working. They have never made the multi-millions he has already earned in his NBA career.
Still, it’s doubtful that many have faced the incredible moral test that faced Fisher. And he stood up to the test, making the right decision. At age 32, he is in the twilight of most NBA careers and will likely never see this kind of money again. And remember, per NBA guaranteed contracts, the money was his, just for showing up . . . even if he endures a career-ending injury.
That’s what Fisher walked away from. And it’s a great lesson for all Americans, especially those who envy the conventional NBA life-style.
Derek Fisher–Hero, Loving Father, and the Anti-dote to the s of the world. This is the kind of role model we need more of in the NBA and all of the pro sports leagues.

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37 Responses

My hat is off to Derek Fisher. What a great example for all men and fathers to emulate.

AynaydaPizaqvick on July 10, 2007 at 10:04 pm

It’s refreshing to see the honor, integrity, and class shown by Derek Fisher. We can all benefit from his example.

1shot1kill on July 11, 2007 at 8:26 am

I’ve heard interviews with him on the Jim Rome radio show,and he always impresses me with his character.FINALLY someone in the NBA who truly sets a great example. Best wishes to him and his family on their battle.And,thanks Debbie for bringing this to our attention.

Chiefscotty24 on July 11, 2007 at 8:50 am

This is really good of him to do this for his daughter. But how many millions has he already got in the bank so he can afford to do so?
Tell this to the guy making $30 thousand a year.
“Yes, there are many loving fathers around America who cannot afford–unlike Fisher–to quit working. They have never made the multi-millions he has already earned in his NBA career.”

TheOmegaMan on July 11, 2007 at 2:33 pm

I know this is touchy, but I actually agree with TheOmegaMan.
This is not at all a knock on Fisher, who I admire for what he did. But, I think this is something 99% of parents without the resources would do at a much greater cost, not to mention he can sign with another team, too.
Is Fisher a hero? Yes. But, I think there are far more unheard of people who deserve far more praise instead of a millionaire.

Jeff_W on July 11, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Why do you fools appreciate people who will never appreciate you? This will be your reward.

steve ventry on July 14, 2007 at 2:03 am

Those videos have nothing to do with this story.

TubeSteak on July 14, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Those videos show what’s coming here when blacks are strong enough, and what they really think of us. And you’re busy admiring them.

steve ventry on July 14, 2007 at 3:06 pm

So you think all black people, including Derek Fisher, support black on white crime then? Fuck off you loser.

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I hope his family can survive off his 61 million career earnings?


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