How is a father’s love measured? Some say by what he established with his children earlier on. Others believe it is the relationship that can be identified as an adult. What is universal is that a father’s actions speak volumes about his level of sacrifice. This story demonstrates the wonderful capacity of a father.

In a powerful and geniune move, Derek Fisher, guard for the L.A. Lakers, took only moments to decide between basketball and money versus the value of his daughter’s life.

Derek Fisher

Photo by Stephanie Young Merzel

I just thought this was the most interesting story of love and priorities in that 2007 Fisher asked to be released from a $21-million contract ($21 million y’all) with the Utah Jazz to be closer to a facility that would benefit his daughter, Tatum. Now, could you imagine the pens and needles that the Fishers were on? But the difficult news came… they were told that their then 10-month-old was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer [Retinoblastoma] in her left eye.

In order to get better, Tatum had to endure an operation at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Thankfully, she came through like a champ! It appears that Tatum is doing better after undergoing chemotherapy, even with the limited vision in her left eye. Just to be sure though, she is monitored by doctors in case the cancer returns.

We have to give Mrs. Fisher extreme props because amazingly enough, Tatum’s mom, Candace first noticed that something was wrong after Tatum had an odd reflection of light coming from her eye.

As it would happen, Fisher’s belief that everything would happen as it should occurred when the Lakers picked him up and paid him $14 million for his on-the-court prowess (Pay day! Pay day! He did the pay day dance.). With his priorities intact and his sustained drive for the game, the 3-time NBA champion returned to the Lakers after his one-year stint with the Jazz.

Fisher says his decision was easy because it was about his daughter-and his family.

Okay, now you know I can’t leave you without an assignment (in a manner of speaking). It’s the playoffs and the Lakers are playing the Jazz (go figure) at home this afternoon. We’ll start off slow. Join your sports fan for this game, look for Fisher in action, and just see where the night takes you… Just see. Remember that instant replay is your friend… and, well, if you miss the game, ESPN is your friend!

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