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Derek Fisher

It has been said that success is the union of preparation and opportunity. If we accept this adage, then Derek Fisher is the epitome of success. Fisher, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, has gained national recognition as the starting point guard for five-time NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.  Fisher is a graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock. Described by his former Parkview coach, Charles Ripley, as one of the most respectable young men his program has ever had, Fisher displayed leadership, integrity, and talent that set him apart from others. His dedication to excellence led him to become a stand-out guard and a basketball letterman.  He realized that the key to reaching his full potential as a player was contained in an unwavering work ethic and self-determination.

Fisher took this realization with him to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), where he was the Trojans’ premier point guard.  From 1992-1996, Fisher became the most recognizable basketball player in the university’s history.  In his senior year at UALR he earned the distinction of Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year.

Fisher took this realization with him to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), where he was the Trojans’ premier point guard.  From 1992-1996, Fisher became the most recognizable basketball player in the university’s history.  In his senior year at UALR he earned the distinction of Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year.

Fisher was drafted into the league in 1996, and spent his first eight seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. During this time, Fisher was the team’s starting point guard and ranked third in scoring. That year he was selected to the Rookie Game during the All-Star weekend in Cleveland.  This was the beginning of a 15-year NBA career in which Fisher also played with the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz.

Fisher has the highest three-point field goal percentage in NBA Finals history, and ranks second of all time in made three-point shots during the NBA Finals.

Back with the Lakers since 2007, Fisher continues to be one of the most respected players in the league. In addition to his outstanding performance as a player during his NBA career, he has been honored for his leadership and character. He has served as team captain for each of the Lakers’ championship teams, won the Magic Johnson Award for his positive media relationships, and has served as President of the NBA Players Association since 2006. He was also named the 2011 Sportsman of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

In 2005, Fisher pledged $700,000 to UALR for the construction of an auxiliary gym that was named in his honor.  As a result of his generosity, he was awarded with the NBA Community Assist Award. He also established the Fisher Fellows Life Skills program, a mentoring series for students in the Little Rock area.