Monday , Jul , 02 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Derek Fisher Leaving Utah Jazz To Focus On Daughter’s Treatment

Derek Fisher, the Jazz’s veteran two-guard, is stepping away from basketball to provide care for his daughter, who has a rare form of cancer … Fisher didn’t officially retire, but wants to focus on his child’s recovery … Click here for news on this story …

The Associated Press reports on Derek Fisher leaving the Utah Jazz:

The Utah Jazz agreed to release guard Derek Fisher from his contract Monday so he can concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye.

Fisher said he wants to live in one of the six or seven cities being considered for Tatum’s care.

He didn’t rule out playing for another NBA team but emphasized that his daughter’s health is his No. 1 priority.

”Life for me outweighs the game of basketball,” Fisher told reporters after flying from New York to meet with Jazz owner Larry H. Miller and other team executives.

”When it comes to decisions related to them,” he said of his family, ”I do what’s best.”

My Quick Take: Best wishes to Derek Fisher and his family. I hope his daughter makes a full recovery.

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