Derek Fisher: Iron Man

60786553It’s not that Derek Fisher wouldn’t have been interested in playing Robert Downey Jr.’s role in the “Iron Man” series … he’s just been too busy playing in 413 straight NBA games over the past six regular seasons.

The Lakers guard – set to become a free agent on July 1 – has not missed a game since April 13, 2005, when he was a Golden State Warrior.

L.A.’s co-captain then played in the final three games of that season, every single game in 2005-06 for the Warriors, and every contest between 2007 and 2010 with the Lakers.

“It means a lot to me because it symbolizes the commitment and sacrifice required to come to work every day and be available to your team every day,” said Fisher in his exit interview. “That requires a lot of sacrifice. Some of those hot days in the summer when you could be at the park with the kids or going to lunch with your kids, a lot of times I’m working out. It’s worked out well, and I’ve made an investment.”

It hasn’t been by accident, of course.

Fisher goes through a very specific process to ready his body for the rigors of an NBA season each summer.

“It definitely took some trial and error,” he shared. “I learned from things (like injuries), and every year try to keep pushing the envelope to try and keep myself in the best possible condition in the event that I need to go all the way. I’d rather be prepared to play 38 minutes and carry a heavy load in case I need to.”

Fisher averaged 27.2 minutes per game in 2009-10, his lowest since 21.5 in 2003-04, but upped his PT to 32.8 minutes in the postseason.