This Day In Sports History (March 5th) – Derek Fisher Day
It was on this day in 2008 that the city of Los Angeles declared it “Derek Fisher Day” in praise of his work in the community, his love for his family and his commitment to his teammates. Fisher was honored downtown at a City Hall ceremony, where he gave a speech and was presented with a scroll.
A perfect example of Derek’s devotion to his family and his dedication to his teammates came in 2007, when he announced that his daughter had a rare form of eye cancer. Fisher would be by his daughter’s side in New York while she underwent surgery, and later that day he hopped on a flight to Salt Lake City to join his Jazz teammates for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Golden State Warriors.
Derek would arrive to the game late in the third quarter to a standing ovation. He helped send the game into overtime and would hit a late three-pointer to seal the victory for the Jazz, giving them a 2-0 series lead.
Here is Fisher hitting the three-pointer to seal the game.
Michael Irvin, NFL – Born March 5th 1966 (age 48) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Paul Konerko, MLB – Born March 5th 1976 (age 38) in Providence, Rhode Island
Wally Szczerbiak, NBA – Born March 5th 1977 (age 37) in Madrid, Spain