L.A. Lakers Debate: Will the Lakers Retire Derek Fisher’s No. 2?

In the summer of 1996, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted a young point guard from a small school in Arkansas.

A decade and a half later, he is known as one of the most clutch Lakers of all time.

Earlier this year, he scored a layup as time expired to beat the Clippers. Last year in the Western Semifinals, he came through in Game 3 with a huge three-pointer with 28.6 seconds left that sank the Jazz to the abyss.

Lakers fans won't forget his valiant effort to get past three Boston Celtics and score on an amazing play in Game 3 of the Finals.

There definitely was not a dry eye in Laker Nation during his tearful postgame speech.

The year before, he had one of the most legendary performances in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic, where he hit yet another three-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime. Later in the overtime period, Fisher struck again to give the Lakers the win.

Most importantly, Fish is most known for his miraculous shot against the San Antonio Spurs back in the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals which is now simply known as "0.4."

The Lakers did not win the title that year, but it definitely wasn't Fisher's fault. He propelled them to the Finals because of that shot. And it will continue to be seen in highlight reels for decades to come. 

Aside from his playoff heroics, Derek Fisher has served as president of the NBA Player's Association. His high IQ on and off the floor has facilitated the game for the Lakers throughout the years.

His touching family life and his daughter's condition with eye cancer also has touched the hearts of Laker fans.

Fisher seems to be an iron man as he gets older as well. He hasn't missed a game since the 2004-05 season, when he was with the Golden State Warriors. 

With all of this being said, it is apparent that Derek Fisher is a Laker legend. As he approa...

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