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Derek Fisher - Utah Jazz

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by Carrie1219, May 10, 2007.

  1. Carrie1219

    Carrie1219 Banned Banned

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    Please read this heart warming story about Derek Fisher of the Utah Jazz--how he's dealing with his 10 mos. old daughter's diagnosis of Cancer while playing in round two of the playoffs

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_y...nYcB?slug=aw-fisher050907&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    Out of the darkness

    By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
    May 10, 2007

    SALT LAKE CITY – In the silent darkness of a Manhattan morning on Wednesday, Derek Fisher and his wife, Candace, awoke to bring 10-month-old Tatum to New York Presbyterian Hospital. Tatum had been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor of the retina, and the doctors were rushing to get her into surgery.

    Derek, the Utah Jazz guard, kept telling Candace that it was going to be all right, that they had found the best doctors in the world for this procedure, and that before long their baby girl was going to be herself again. Beyond his faith in Dr. David Abramson and Dr. Pierre Gobil, beyond his faith in God, the morning brought that sinking feeling of a father's helplessness.

    Don't let her die, Fisher prayed.

    Don't take away my baby girl.

    "To wake up this morning and take your daughter to the hospital and not know if you'll see her again …" Fisher said late Wednesday night at his locker inside EnergySolutions Arena, with his eyes bloodshot and his Jazz 127-117 winners over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

    Everything happened so fast, seven days since his wife noticed that green glow in their daughter's left eye, almost like a cat's, and brought her to a pediatrician in Salt Lake City. Seven days and the Fishers' world turned upside down, the family doctor telling them that there wasn't a moment to lose, that Tatum's life was at stake.

    Seven days, and Derek Fisher, a three-time NBA champion, a basketball hero with a history of big shots and bigger cool, had turned into one more father sitting in the waiting room of a hospital, wishing there was a way to trade places with his kid.

    "As a father, particularly with a daughter, you feel like she's your responsibility and all you want to do is protect them, keep them safe," Fisher said.

    It wasn't until Dr. Gobil told him that the procedure had been a success, that there was still a chance that maybe, just maybe, Tatum wouldn't lose her eye the way that so many of the 300 or so kids diagnosed with Retinoblastoma do every year. They'll need two or three more treatments over the next few months to be sure, but there's a grudging trade that the Fishers may still have to make to rid the retina of the cancer.

    "You remove the eye to save her life," he said.

    After several hours in recovery on Wednesday, the doctors told the family that they could take Tatum home on the Jazz's private jet, and so, the Fishers left New York for Salt Lake City in the late afternoon. Fisher had called his coach, Jerry Sloan, and general manager, Kevin O'Connor, and told them the good news about the baby. He had missed Game 1 and only worked out at the hotel late Tuesday night after leaving the hospital. "Just worked up a sweat," he said.

    He would try to get back for Game 2 against Golden State on Wednesday night, and so, Sloan kept him on the active roster. For another player, Sloan would've never believed that he could've survived this day, flown cross country, gone several days without playing or practicing, and still be thrown into the middle of a wild, breathless playoff game.

    Fisher is different. He's one of the most respected, most grounded men in the NBA, the president of the players' union, a pro's pro. On the flight back to Utah, he still wasn't thinking about playing in Game 2. But slowly, surely, the anesthesia faded, and that baby girl was laughing, gurgling, looking at her parents as though they had just come from the playground together.

    It was 8:15 p.m. when his flight landed at the Salt Lake airport, and the city police sent him an escort for the 10-mile drive to the arena. They turned on the radio, and suddenly, the starting guard, Deron Williams, had gone to the bench with foul trouble. His backup, Dee Brown, crashed to the floor with a neck injury and had to be taken to the hospital with what would be diagnosed as a sprain.

    "My heart started racing," Fisher said.

    He knew his team needed him now. Candace had given her blessing to go play, and Tatum was sleeping now, and so yes, his heart was racing like never before in his life. Even with all of those championship nights with Shaq and Kobe on the Lakers, it still felt like he was walking into a great unknown.

    Fisher rushed into the locker room, dressed in his uniform and made his way to the bench in the third quarter. The roar of those 19,911 people, standing and screaming at the sight of him, had just started when Sloan yelled down to him, "Get in there."

    Get in there?

    Get in there.

    Sloan never let him sit down on the bench. Fisher kept moving for the scorer's table, the horn sounded, and there he was standing in the middle of Game 2, in the middle of it all. It wasn't just the Jazz players greeting him, but his old teammates with the Warriors, too. He played several minutes, left the game and made a move for the stationary bike to get loose. Then, he was dribbling the ball on the sidelines, getting loose, getting ready for a playoff game that was still going to come back to him.

    Utah would need him in the fourth quarter, when those go-go Warriors had overtaken the Jazz and were threatening to steal the game. Golden State was winning 112-109 when Baron Davis, who had 36 points and has been the best player in these playoffs, was bringing the ball across mid-court with 40 seconds left. The Jazz needed a stop, needed the ball, and there was Fisher digging into Davis, fighting him for every inch. Fisher got his hand on Davis' dribble and sent him backward to retrieve the ball. And then, Fisher stayed step for step with Davis across the mid-court line until suddenly the Warrior guard's sneaker touched the sideline to force the turnover.

    Fisher had given the Jazz a shot now. They had the ball back with 27.4 seconds left, and soon Utah would find a way to get the game to overtime on Deron Williams' jump shot with 2.3 seconds left. Finally, there was a stoppage in play with 1:25 left in the overtime, and Fisher told himself that a chance to take a big shot was on its way, he could feel it, and this was no time to be passive, to back away.

    "Had I have had to shoot the ball anytime before that, it probably wouldn't have gone in," he said.

    The Warriors were within 120-117 on Stephen Jackson's free throws, and soon the Jazz's Williams fired a pass to Fisher in the corner. This was it. This was the moment. Fisher knew it was coming, just knew it. As it turned out, he never hesitated. Never flinched. His three-point shot arced high, dropped through the net with just over a minute left, and the crowd wouldn't stand and cheer the rest of the night so much for the 2-0 series lead on the Warriors, as they would for the spirit of Derek Lamar Fisher.

    All those titles in L.A., and Fisher had never been as much a champion as Wednesday night.

    "There's not enough that could be [said] about him, what he did tonight," Williams said.

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  2. Tha rock

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    Im sorry about fish's daughter but The refs and missed foul shots one that game for utah.
     
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    Finally! Refs calling a game in favor of Utah... That is something new... :lol: :lol:
     
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    Did you watch it? Boozer,Aundre kirlenko and okhir were fouling like crazy yesterday and not getting called for but any little thing the warriors did it was called in the drop of a dime. I hate the Jazz:icon_sad:
     
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    The warriors got screwed yesterday, they couldn't buy a call. They had that game on lock down, and they are going to win game 5 at Utah and steal the series. If only Pietrus had made Pietrus had made one of those damn freethrows.
     
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    Agreed all the way bro BTW are you a raiders or niners fan?
     
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    BDIDDY. The next 3 are going the Warrior's way. Deron Williams doesn't have nearly enough experience to cover Baron. The dunk on Kireilinko was insane.

    Rock - I'm actually a Charger's fan through and through. I lived all my life in San Diego till college. However, as a young kid I idolized Chris Mullin and always thought Golden State was for the whole state. So oddly I've been a Warrior fan for a long time. I give mad props to the bay tho, all my college buddies are from there and I love the music.
     
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    *&^&*()^%$**(* ----My nice thread on Derek Fisher has turned into a Warriors love fest.... :icon_twisted:




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    The Warriors in the 90's were fun to watch. Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, and Chris Mullin (aka Run TMC). Even after last night win, I still think that Utah will win because they don't have to rely on 3 pointers to win. Plus, the Jazz are just much better at the half court game, and on defense.

    I hope all goes well for DFish's daughter.
     
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    Hey Tha Rock....

    I didn't get any cocky IMs from you after game four of the Jazz/Warriors series....:icon_shrug: :unsure: ;)



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    Those Refs are terrible they called harldy anything on the Jazz and evry little thing on GS just becuse the warriors have steven jackson. I cant stand the Jazz. BTW sexy carrie your still fine:tup:
     
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    :lol:

    You must have seen a "good" picture.... :icon_tease:
     
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    Its a good complement. Your a sexy young lady.
     
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    I pray to god it won't end up Jazz/Spurs. Most boring playoff series in the history of NBA.

    Warriors have nothing to lose tonight, they can get it done!
     
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    Stone86.... Get ready to be bored out of your mind.... :icon_mrgreen: ;)
     
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    hahahah, trust me i'm preparing. :(
     
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    Three of the NBA final four are set, Pistons/Cavs and Jazz/?
     
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    I'm so bummed on how this all played out. I really hope one of the teams from the east end up winning it all. In all likelihood, we'll see the Spurs play the Pistons in the final. It sounds like a great matchup, however I'm not looking forward to the grinding controlled half-court sets... I'm praying that Lebron can bring his game to new levels and beat the Pistons. That's my spiel.
     
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    I'd love to see the Cavs beat the Pistons... Lebron is a great young player...:tup: :yes:
     
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    Nah..The Pistons are too much for the Cavs:yes: :yes:
     
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    Prolly so... I just can't imagine a Jazz/Cavs finals. Could you? :lol:

    Although I'd love to see the Jazz advance, I believe the finals will be between the Spurs and the Pistons.
     
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    Jazz/ Pistons Finals:tup: :tup:
     
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    If the Bulls can take the Pistons to 6 games, then the Cavs can beat them.

    I'm going with a Spurs/Cavs championship series. Lerbron is the real deal!
     
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    he might be the real deal but one man can't win a game
     
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    You'r right. But he doesn't need to carry the team that way. The kid knows how get the best out of his teammates.
     
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    i think Pistons in six games as they will be too experienced for the Cavs
     
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    Remember that the Cavs, took the Pistons to 7 last year. Although I don't believe the Cavs and Lebron have the experience and talent to upset the Pistons, they can make it an interesting series. Detriot at times is very lethargic. It seems they play well only when they want to. We'll have to see how it plays out, but if the Pistons goof around like they did last year, or like this they did this past series, they could find themselves in trouble.
     
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    its gonna be a good series
     
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    I hope the Jazz start playin' a bit better. I know the Spurs are favored to win the series... The Jazz need to make them work for it... not give it to them... :icon_shrug:
     
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    Notta nit-pick, and I'm certainly not tryinta spam y'alls thread, but frankly, the Jazz didn't hand anything to the Spurs...the Spurs took it :yes:. If the Jazz can't defend the baseline on back door cuts any better than they did, it's gonna be a very short series.

    And it's a daunting task...what does a team defend first, the baseline cuts or the three point line?? :icon_shrug: :icon_huh:

    Boozer in early foul trouble didn't help things, either :no:
     
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