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In June 2009, Derek Fisher and the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship, the fifteenth in Lakers history and an amazing fourth championship in Derek's career.In Character Driven, the NBA champion and starting point guard for the Lakers shares his life story and the inspirational values that have led to his success. Since his rookie season with the Lakers in 1996, Derek Fisher has had a dramatic impact on -- and great success with -- the NBA. Playing alongside legends like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Fisher has held his own at point, exhibiting his exceptional floor leadership and participating in some of the most dramatic post-season games and thrilling moments in recent memory.In his compelling new book, Fisher shares the values that have guided him on the court and off. From his roots in Little Rock to his record-breaking college career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, his four NBA championships, and his position as president of the Players Association, Fisher shows readers what it's like to play -- and achieve -- at the highest levels.Drawing on the power of faith, he demonstrates how anyone can play for a successful team: whether that team is family, community, or just happens to be one in the NBA. The parents of four, Derek Fisher and his wife, Candace, received news in 2007 that their nine-month-old girl had been diagnosed with a dangerous form of cancer called retinoblastoma.Although his team, the Utah Jazz, was in the midst of a heated play-off series, Fisher immediately put his family first. He asked to be released by the Jazz to be near his daughter as she received the best care possible. Fisher was ultimately reunited with his old teammate Kobe and the Lakers, and the move led to a thrilling championship run that saw the Lakers win the Western Conference championship in 2008 and the NBA championship in 2009.
Customer Reviews (8)
Good but not great. Just like Fisher
This is a good book. You learn mutch about how Fisher thinkings and how he came to be the man and player he is today. But there is not mutch about games, series or other players in this book and that is my favroit part so....
p.s i am a Fisher fan and love his game.
Good Book about a Good Guy, But not Totally Revealing
I would give this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.As a sports biography, it definitely pales against one I just read by Andre Agassi (Open).Fisher does a nice job takling about his values, upbringing, faith, and hard work, but I was a bit perplexed by one matter.He did talk about how it was a bit of a struggle at first to marry someone with a child from a previous relationship, but only in passing did he mention that he also had a child from a former relationship.It would have been nice if he elaborated on the past relationship or at least not made such a major issue of his future wife having a child, as that struck me as a bit hypocrtical. I'm sure he is not a hypocite, but the difference between a great biography and just a so-so one (in my opinion), is the ability to be completely open, as Agassi did, but Fisher did not quite accomplish.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for my copy of this interesting book. My husband is the sports fan in our family, so he grabbed this copy up and began to read immediately.
It's chock full of statistics and tidbits about the sport of basketball in general and about the Los Angeles Lakers in particular.
For a young father, Derek Fisher experienced the burden of watching his young daughter suffer from eye cancer. This is revealed in detail.
Sports fans will enjoy this one.
More Athletes Should Be Like This
Character Driven demonstrates how simple people can become important in their field and role models for some.The book reads well. I hope many young men get to read it.
This book came in record time and in excellent condtion. It will be a Christmas present for my daughter-in-law. We are all great LA Champion Laker fans!!GO Lakers
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