Derek Fisher: A Tribute to a Los Angeles Lakers Fan Favorite

It's hard to come to grips with the reality that Derek Fisher is no longer a Los Angeles Laker. In a last-minute deal involving the Lakers and Houston Rockets, Fisher was dealt in exchange for a first-round pick and center Jordan Hill, according to ESPN LA.

Before we delve into the sad news that is the departure of Fisher, let's first clarify that this was indeed the right move by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, trading Fisher for a younger player. Fisher's game has shriveled up into somewhat of a pulp in the last few years, and, though it's hard to say, Fisher just had to go.

Fisher has struggled to stay in front of younger and more skillful guards in recent years. At this point, he was more or less being kept solely because he was a veteran, a leader, a fan favorite and possibly because he is still the best charge taker in the league, even at his whopping age of 37.


Things We Will Miss About Derek Fisher:

1. The Jumper

 We can't talk about Fisher without first addressing his unorthodox left-handed jumper. Out of all the rainbows people have seen in their entirety of their lives, Fisher's rainbow tops them all. No longer will Lakers fans see Fisher put up shots that could reach the moon, and no longer will they see his dead-eye rainbow free-throw stroke that makes for a nice oxymoron within itself.


2. His Flops

Certain players are known for certain things. Fisher has been notorious throughout his career for being one of the biggest floppers in the league and has been the epitome of being in the right place at the right time.

Never have we seen a player greet the floor so many times per game while getting the infamous "Fisher charge" call that opposing teams hate so much and never will we see it again. Fisher's flops were truly a work of art.

3. Clutch/Miracle Shots

No one knows how he does it, but F...

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