Transcript for Derek Fisher remembers Kobe Bryant
thank you so much for that, and joining us now from Los Angeles, NBA hall of famer Scottie Pippen, and Derek fisher, the head coach for the L.A. Sparks. Thank you for joining us. We'll start first with you, Derek. You and kobe drafted in the same year, playing for the Lakers all those years. Five championships. Tell us what was it like sharing the court with kobe? Well, first I want to send my thoughts and my heart and my family's heart to Vanessa and the girls and their family, the. Families of the passengers. Such a heartbreaking day yesterday. Sharing the court, a work space, a life for 13 years with kobe was a gift. It was a blessing to be able to watch someone on the daily basis strive to be the best at what they do, to be the best in the world at what they do. That's who he was, and always will be to me, and that example is hard to explain to others to be able to see that on a daily basis, and my heart just hurts for -- for his family, and for the fact that he's no longer with us. We share that with you, Derek. What do you want people to know about kobe off the court? You have spent so much time with him. You were there through thick and thin. What was he like off the court that you want people to know? Well, I think there are, you know, as with all humans, there are different versions of us as we grow and evolve, and to be with kobe from his rookie year in 1996 to the kobe in 2004 to the kobe in 2010, his evolution as a husband and as a father and as a man that wanted to impact the community beyond basketball, to think about what he has been committing himself to in terms of young girls and women in the sport of basketball, that's what I want people to remember. I want us to continue to -- to push for what he was most recently striving for, in terms of equity and opportunity for young girls, for girls like his daughters that are still with us, for girls like my daughters, for women to come. He didn't just talk about those things. He lived it. Very similar to what he did on the court. He didn't talk about being great. He worked at it every day, and that's what I want people to remember about his life off the court as well. Well said. You're also the coach of the sparks of the wnba, and he was a huge, huge supporter, and brought Gianna to the games and he was looking forward to her playing in the league one day. So Derek, thank you so much for -- for your thoughts and insights, and we're going to go
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