19 March 2008
With the Lakers coming to town also brings our beloved Derek Fisher back to Salt Lake City. I was, as was every other Jazz fan, captivated by what Fisher was able to do in the playoffs and give him a lot of credit for the Jazz getting their game back in time to beat the Rockets in seven games. His leadership came at the perfect time and (at times) helped the team come together.
That being said, I do have a few things I don't like about Fisher. Frankly, I don't think he is all that good of a player. There...I said it. That's right...don't hang out with me...I'm a NERD. Anyway, I think that Fisher tried to drive inside the paint WAY too much and would lose the ball more often than not. I think he is a good leader, but just can't back it up with his play.
Now about him getting out of his contract; I am not one of those people that think he used his daughter as an excuse. HOWEVER, I do think that he did NOT want to be a Jazzman. For whatever reason that may be (i.e. he didn't like some of his teammates or coaches, he didn't like the city, his wife didn't like the city, he hated the Gateway, the Jazz bear bugged him too much etc.), I believe that he wasn't totally honest about ALL the reasons he needed out of his contract.
A lot of this confusion or dislike that Jazz fans now have would all be gone if Fisher took his daughter to her new doctors in LA. Once word got out that he had done this (or had done it in the beginning) the sympathy would outgrow the dislike and we could mostly all put the conspiracy behind us. The thing is, he still takes her to the doctors in NY. This perplexes me because it seems as though it would be more of a hassle to get from LA to NY than from SLC to NY.
When it comes down to it, I don't hate the guy nor would I boo him at the game. However I do hate and boo the enemy...and now Derek Fisher is the enemy.
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