Kobe Bryant texts Fisher, ‘Go at them’

AP Photo/Steve C. WilsonWe here at GetGarnett.com, wish the Fisher family a speedy recory for what has stricken their little girl. God speed.

Salt Lake Tribune: When Kobe Bryant heard the good news Wednesday, that Derek Fisher’s 10 1/2-month-old daughter had undergone successful surgery and the family was flying back to Utah, the superstar guard sent a text message to his friend from all those Lakers championship teams.

There was a game to be played and, the last Bryant heard, Fisher was going to try to make it. After eight seasons as teammates, coming into the NBA in the same draft class, and countless battles in practice, Bryant offered Fisher the advice he would have given himself.

“I just said, ‘Go at them,”‘ Bryant said in a phone interview with The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday. “Just go out there and go at them and do what you do best.’ I’m sure he got that and understood exactly where I was coming from because we’re cut from the same cloth.”

The news that Fisher’s baby daughter, Tatum, was diagnosed with a form of eye cancer hit Bryant especially hard. Not only were he and Fisher close friends on the Lakers but Bryant is the parent of two daughters, the youngest born just months before Fisher’s twins.

“It made us all stop, just completely stop,” Bryant said. “It was very difficult at first. But he gave us the good news the following day about the surgery being successful and that he was going to be able to be there (for the game).”

What Bryant never doubted was that Fisher was going to find a way to make an impact if he was able to play. He knew the depth of Fisher’s religious faith and believed it would carry him through the game, even if he didn’t have the physical strength to play.

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  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    Fisher is still a Laker in many of our hearts!

  • http://www.myspace.com/l8kers_qt kb24chick

    Yes, he is. And being able to talk to one another during this tough time for D-Fish really shows how great of indiviuals Kobe & Fish are!!

  • http://www.ClubLakers.com BDG

    D-Fish is the man.

  • lakkadakka

    Although I can’t stand Utah and really want to see GSW go thru….I couldn’t help but root for my boy D-fish

  • jryjosie

    D-Fish is the finest example of a classy professional athlete on and off the court. I’m sure his strong will get him and his family through these tough times. GET WELL SOON TATUM!!!!

  • BIGAL

    D-FISH WILL ALWAYS BE LAKER… FUCK UTAH THOUGH

  • http://myspace.com/ravenchanel24 Raven

    Awwww, Kobe is so sweet!!!!

  • Laker-i3uddha

    Glad Fishs’ daughters operation went well…
    thats a true warrior..
    A classy professional & he plays w/ heart.

    why did “Kupcake” let him go again??

  • http://yahoo.com shaqer

    “Kupcake” let a lot of people go from the lakers my friend. You need to start looking who he let go of, and why.

  • remy wong

    Fish…Lakers for life!

  • http://getgarnett.com kevin olivas

    kobe is a very nice friend i hope that fisher daughter get well soon kobe you are my best friend that fisher can have.