The word "faithful" has multiple meanings. On one hand, it means "thorough in the performance of duty". It also can be defined as being "reliable", "trusted", or "loyal".
Derek Fisher fits both definitions to a T. The past few seasons, Derek has been a leader on and off of the court for the Los Angeles Lakers. His work ethic has never been questioned and he one of those players that consistently gives everything he has to his teammates. He's also one of the most "reliable" players on the court. He may not score 20 points, grab 10 rebounds, or even get 10 assists per game. But, when the game is on the line, Fish is about as reliable as it gets. In fact, he's so reliable that he's one of the few players that Kobe has "trusted" to make and take key shots at the end of the game.
Those are all traits that I value in my friends and family, but the one that stands out the most is the word, "loyal". Last week, Lebron and the Heat met with Derek Fisher in Miami. They had plenty to offer. How many point guards would turn down the opportunity to play alongside Prince James, Flash, and CB4 (now CB1?)? Well, Fisher did. So, most people assume he didn't sign with them because they didn't have enough money to offer. That may be the case in Miami. But there's a lot of money floating around the league this summer, but this Fish didn't bite. Instead, he stayed loyal to the team that drafted him in 1996. He stayed loyal to his teammates. And most importantly, he remained loyal to his fans.
Thanks Derek... You're a class act.