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Derek Fisher Tells Story of How a Buck-Naked Shaq Helped The Lakers Beat The Spurs in 2004

by: Darrelle Lincoln On  Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Former Los Angeles Lakers PG Derek Fisher will forever be immortalized and remembered as the guy who turned an entire series around with one impossible shot.

During Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Western Conference semifinals, Tim Duncan hit a ridiculous shot to give the Spurs the lead with 0.4 seconds left, seemingly giving the Spurs a win and a 3-2 series lead heading into Los Angeles for Game 6…

But Derek Fisher had other plans as he somehow matched Duncan’s ridiculous shot with one of his own.

Thirteen years later, Fisher credits his large teammate Shaquille O’Neal for teaching his team to be quick on their feet.

The theory goes that O’Neal once showed up to practice buck naked as a prank, then chased everyone around.

“He would start running around looking for guys to hug. Everybody was trying to get out of the way,” Fisher explained to Mark Medina of the OC Register about O’Neal’s naked shenanigans.

“That’s why when I hit that shot in San Antonio in 2004, that’s why we were so good at sprinting off of the court.”

The Lakers defeated the Spurs in six, but ultimately lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.



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