Derek Fisher Seeking Fifth Title

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Derek Fisher is rarely – if ever – considered

one of the top point guards in the NBA.

Still, 14 years after he first entered the league, the durable

Fisher could be on his way to guiding the Lakers to the franchise's

16th championship.

In seeking his fifth title, Fisher has held his own against some

of the league's marquee point guards including the Phoenix Sun's

Steve Nash and Utah's Deron Williams.

He's also been a steadying force on the team and helped mentor

understudies Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar.

The trio combined for 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and

one turnover during the Lakers' 102-89 victory over the Boston

Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday night.


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