LITTLE ROCK – Former UALR Trojan and current Oklahoma City Thunder member Derek Fisher set a new NBA record Tuesday night by competing in his 245th career playoff game. Now in his 17th season in the league, Fisher is a five-time world champion and previously served as National Basketball Players Association President.
“Derek Fisher is the professional’s professional,” said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. “He made me a better head coach the first day he stepped in our locker room.”
Fisher played four seasons at UALR from 1992-96 under head coaches Jim Platt and Wimp Sanderson. A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, he was named the 1996 Sun Belt Player of the Year while leading UALR to 23 wins and its third National Invitation Tournament. That same year, he was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-District Selection and an honorable mention Basketball Weekly All-American.
Fisher was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, where he went on to spend his first eight years in the league. Playing under legendary head coach Phil Jackson, Fisher and the Lakers won three straight NBA titles from 2000-02. Following stints with the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz, Fisher returned to Los Angeles and was a part of the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 title teams.
A Little Rock native, Fisher pledged $700,000 to UALR in 2005 toward the construction of the Jack Stephens Center auxiliary gym, since named in his honor, and the establishment of the Fisher Fellows Life Skills program — a mentoring series for Trojan student-athletes.