Derek Fisher is a former professional player. Fisher played college basketball for the Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans, earning the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1996.
Selected by the Lakers with the 24th pick in the 1996 NBA draft, he spent his first eight seasons with the franchise, winning three consecutive league championships (2000–2002) with teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal and coach Phil Jackson. After the 2003–04 NBA season, he signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, later being traded to the Utah Jazz, whom he helped lead to the Western Conference finals. Due to his daughter's health, he asked to be released from his contract in 2007. He later rejoined the Lakers and won two more NBA titles. Fisher played 18 seasons in the NBA for, spending the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won five championships. He also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder,and the Dallas Mavericks.
He has also served as president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). As of 2021, Fisher is the head coach and the general manager for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.