Congrats to Derek Fisher. One of the best guys in the NBA; on and off the court.
O.C. Register: Derek Fisher has won the Magic Johnson Award for this season, beating out Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons, Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers and Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets. The award honors on-court performance combined with outstanding cooperation with the media — in Johnson’s tradition.
Fisher gave probably the best quote of anyone after the Lakers’ Game 2 loss in Boston, by the way. As he was leaving the arena, he vowed the Lakers would be back in Boston in about a week.
Fish is consistently great at putting big issues in context when speaking with reporters. Back when they had the All-Interview team, I used to vote for Fisher and Rick Fox every year and lament how Shaquille O’Neal would wind up voted onto the team because of how witty with the masses he was at the NBA Finals media microphone. The rest of the season, O’Neal would only talk when he felt like it.