As Derek Fisher explained to us the other day, he has already begun to put his historical three-point shots from Game 4 of the NBA Finals into perspective, and he is extremely appreciative for the fans to whom those bombs mean so much.
Yet in that appreciation, Fisher doesn’t want to let a solid basketball lesson fall by the wayside, which he explained after being asked how many of the youngsters attending his late-July basketball camp were jacking up threes in honor of the left-handed pain he inflicted upon the Magic. Fitting that such a student of the game doesn’t necessarily want kids putting up three after three until they’ve established a solid shooting form close to the basket, right?
In fact, Fish quipped that he’s probably heard about his shot over Jameer Nelson (sending Game 4 to overtime) too much (like that’s possible) from kids.
“It’s good and bad, but signifies how big our game is, that the kids truly try and emulate what we do,” explained the four-time NBA champion. “They see you hit a three-pointer, they want to come out behind the three-point line and throw shots up even though that’s probably not the best thing for them to be doing.”
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with catching the ball just in front of midcourt, taking a few quick dribbles, pretending to stare down Jameer Nelson and pulling up from 26-feet. Sure, it may take five … 10 … OK 50 attempts for most kids, but that’s fun. Just go ahead and shoot from the elbow afterwards, OK?
Fisher certainly practices what he preaches, since trying to count the amount of two-point shots he’s attempted while working on his game throughout his life would be like counting sales of Michael Jackson songs on iTunes in the last three weeks. It’s not that Fisher can’t remember one of the biggest shots in Lakers history as an isolated, great event; he just recognizes that 26 feet is a bit far out there.
See, Fisher can even take a question about kids putting up too many triples and turn it into a larger life lesson.
“We players have to continue to recognize that kids truly watch what we do, our movements, the decisions we make, the shoes we wear, the clothes we wear, the way we wear our hair,” L.A.’s point guard continued. “Even if we don’t necessarily actively choose to, involuntarily we still have a responsibility to do things a certain way or at least try to. I think these kids appreciate when we try to live in a way that they can look up to.”
Some well-developed perspective, right?