As guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Fisher has been an integral part of four NBA championships. Readers who are fans of the Lakers and the NBA or those who like reading sports autobiographies will enjoy his descriptions of the ups and downs of professional basketball and his generally pleasant childhood/basketball career in Little Rock, AR. In opposition to the image projected by many professional athletes these days, Fisher is a good guy. He peppers the book with anecdotes that reflect the values he was raised onputting family first, having faith in God, and trying to think positively. For example, he details his family's battle for a cure when his infant daughter was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a dangerous form of cancer of the eye that usually causes blindness. Fisher describes the process he went through to facilitate his release from the Utah Jazz in order to be closer to doctors who could provide the best care for her. VERDICT An absorbing and uplifting read from cover to cover. Highly recommended.Todd Spires, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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.