City Council declares Derek Fisher Day in Los Angeles

Updated: March 5, 2008, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The City Council celebrated Wednesday as Derek Fisher Day in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard who likes to shoot from downtown was honored downtown at a City Hall ceremony where he was praised both as a player and a role model.

"I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas," Fisher told the council. "I moved here at the age of 21 and so everything that I am at the core of me is an Arkansan.

"But from the age of 21 to now 33 I've primarily been a resident of the city of Los Angeles and the state of California and the biggest part of who I am as an adult male, as a person, the things that I believe in, the things that I've come to believe in, and support and want to fight for have been because of this city."

Fisher said he thought he could call himself "a Los Angeleno, a Californian."

"I have a California driver's license. I pay my taxes," he said to cheers from the council.

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