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Lakers player Derek Fisher, who earned his fifth championship ring yesterday(June 17th, 2010), says that he has his daughter Tatum,3, to thank for his win.

“She’s not aware of the magnitude of what all this means, but she knows what daddy is up to. You know, she’s really the reason why I’m sitting here, and I owe her a lot. She’s going to definitely get some cake and cookies this weekend for sure,” Derek said in an interview yesterday.

VIDEO:Derek and his wife talk about their daughter’s life-changing diagnosis.

In 2007, Tatum was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer and forever changed Derek’s outlook on life.

“Basketball used to be my top priority. I played in college before being drafted as a point guard by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. But after eight years in the NBA, I married Candace and everything changed. No sooner had we blended our families–her son, Marshall, and my daughter, Chloe–than we discovered we were expecting twins.

“Nothing prepares a family for having multiple children at once. When Tatum and Drew arrived in June 2006, I had just signed a contract with the Utah Jazz. Caring for them required so much energy, effort and time. But the true test of our family’s bond came the following April( Read More about Derek’s story).”

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  3. Yeah, I heard that there are only 3 players on the Laker with Black wives. Oh wells! But don’t yall know 2 “dirty reds” kids will always go lighter or darker and both (depending on how many kids they have) LOL! That IS his daughter.

  4. Such a good father. So caring and loving. This child’s story as well as her father’s concern and love for her moved me to tears. Hope them the best and Happy Fathers Day to him.

  5. Beautiful family. He seems like a nice guy. Never hear nonsense about him. Best wishes. I cannot imagine what that must feel like as a parent.

  6. I love me some Derek Fisher! Isnt this little girl a twin? I know she has a miracle story, but we never see the other kids!

  7. The best to Derek and his lil’ pumpkin. Yes, that does put a lot in perspective when your child is dealing with an illness or issue. But always so much to be thankful for regardless and he seems to be grounded enough to recognize that.

  8. This child is so fortunate to have parents with the means & resources that, in this case, were able to save her life. She’s a cutie & I hope she lives a long healthy life.

    • Wow. I thought it was common sense by now that skin-tone genes sometimes reach far back in the black community? I don’t know how old you are but if you’re in college, you really should know that by now.

    • Not all children look like their fathers. I don’t look like mind (thank Christ), but I look like my paternal Great-Grandmother as well as my paternal grandfather to an extent. Hell, my cousin is several shades darker than his father, yet he resembled his late granddaddy. It happens.

    • Why black people so damn stupid and stuck on complexion. Yall are so hard headed. just for the sake of wasting my damn breath. Here we go: black people come in many different shades. Just cause a child is lighter or darker than his/her parent doesn’t mean that the parent isn’t that child’s biological parents. Goodness. Jesus please take the wheel cause my black people be really sounding dumb with these complexion comments. universitychick, girl please i really don’t know what you learning at that university you going to.

      • @Mackenzie, sad part is that although you make sense – your rant of “why black people so damn stupid and stuck on complexion” makes you sound just as stupid. Obviously, not all black people feel that way, so why generalize?

      • where in my post did i mention anything about complexion? must be on yall brain…but i dont see any matching features at all *kanye shrug*

  9. Well said Derek and god bless your little angel. You’re one athletic dad with his head on straight…keep taking care of god’s gift, Tatum!

    • Let me tell you from experience, there is a reason special children are giving to certain people.

      I have no doubt, he & his wife will do a wonderful taking care of that precious child.

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