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The Lord's Blessings

... on Derek Fisher, who has - at least for now - given up his career in the NBA in order to take care of his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye.

"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."

ABSOLUTELY, Mister Fisher. May God see you and your family through this time, and may your search for a cure be successful and swift.


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Amen! Prayers for him and h... (Below threshold)

Amen! Prayers for him and his daughter.

Hurray for Derek Fisher! - ... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

Hurray for Derek Fisher! - I've been a big fan of his since he was an LA Laker and will miss watching him play. However, he stands for what fathers should be and should do. It's refreshing to see someone that - rather than continue on the road to fame and fortune - is making the right choice. Our prayers are with Derek and his family. gc

I am very impressed. It rai... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am very impressed. It raises my hope for humanity. God bless his little girl. ww

So glad he was able to get ... (Below threshold)
jim2:

So glad he was able to get enough of a career (he's 33) done before reaching this point so that he will have all the financial resources he and his family will need to get the highest possible care.

Other than being a serial f... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Other than being a serial flopper and shaming the game, he is a great guy. All the best D-fish.

This is one instance where ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

This is one instance where I actually admire a basketball player for his actions.
When it's your child you're supposed to pull out all the stops and go for broke to help resolve the problem.

God speed sir.

We have a real man in the h... (Below threshold)
Richard Romano:

We have a real man in the house. God bless you Mr. Fisher -- blessings to your precious daughter.

I am confused...as Chris Ro... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

I am confused...as Chris Rock said "It's his job to be a daddy"...which person here would not quit their job if their child was in a desperate situation?
Let me tell you it is a greater sacrifice for a father to quit his $11 an job to be with a sick child than somebody with millions in the bank doing that...which do you think happens more?
That is like all the media attention over NfL guy Pat Tillmon being killed in Afghanistan.(No I won't go into the sorryassed B.S. lies about his death) How was his patriotism any greater than the tens of thousands of others who joined after 9/11?
Was the loss his family felt any greater than the loss the families of 3,586 Iraq KIA feel? Did we as a nation feel his death greater than others? If so?..Why? Every loss of life in Iraq and Afghanistan is a loss we should all feel is important..

Sorry if I don't see that a father doing the right thing...just because he is rich is a big deal...
Yes..I know it may seem unexpected because he is rich..but still..........
Which child is getting the best care anywhere the NBA guy or the the child that has not even basic insurance...?

Nice whine, nogo - is it fr... (Below threshold)

Nice whine, nogo - is it from California?

Trust Nogo to take a great ... (Below threshold)

Trust Nogo to take a great story about someone doing the right thing for his child and turn it into a liberal polemic for universal health care.

Bravo, Nogo, you'll probably get the DU Medal of Leftism for this one.

Now go over there and tell them you want it.

DJ Drummond -Maybe... (Below threshold)
jim2:

DJ Drummond -

Maybe you should give him a break. After all, he admitted that he was confused. His post certainly convinced ME that he was, and with so many dots he likely has measles or some nasty STDs.

Nogo - once again you total... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

Nogo - once again you totally miss the point. A person who is not rich and has to work to keep his family fed would not be able to quit his job to care for a family member - they have to struggle just that much harder. Many of us here are happy to hear that someone who CAN give up his career actually DOES give it up for a loved one. That is honorable because it demonstrates a true sense of giving and sacrifice. And its not "expected" because its rare. What's expected is for a rich person to nannify the child. gc

My only point is that every... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

My only point is that every day fathers make sacrifices for their very sick Children...my daughter is a nurse at Denver's Children's Hospital..
So some rich NBA player does it as if it is something unique..
So now we are at a point in America were we praise someone for doing the right thing...
I do not mean to diminish the child's medical condition nor the obvious love of her father...
I am just saying until we as a nation can move beyond celebrity glorification or celebrity condemnation as a source of who we are and what we stand for...we belittle ourselves...

nogoWhat's your prob... (Below threshold)

nogo
What's your problem with bringing attention to someone setting a good example? What's money got to do with it?
Celebrate the GOOD that is demonstrated here.

As posted above, your response is typically Defarge Democrat.

This is just as important<b... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:
nogo: I agree with your bas... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

nogo: I agree with your basic point. But there is that jock-sniffer demographic that IS the SI readership. The kid's incidental.

Sport stud, sick kid, God...where's Ric Burns? Or the old Game of the Week announcer? That Italian guy with the Voice...

Sorry if I don't see tha... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Sorry if I don't see that a father doing the right thing...just because he is rich is a big deal...

What caused you to be so...cynical? Can you just accept that this is just...good?

Who's...if you watch ANY TV... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Who's...if you watch ANY TV news...on any channel and don't see an attempt to misdirect us from real events to their attempts(pretty successful)to demean us to a point where if something does not effect the rich and famous it does not effect us..please give me a link...
moonbat that I am...in a mundane manner I wonder more why median lanes cannot be painted in something that will endure for couple of years...and are clearly visible in the rain then I am about anything that may kinda effect some millionaire..
It appears however our lives are so incomplete..we must live them through others...

Nogo, bryand[elusional], I'... (Below threshold)

Nogo, bryand[elusional], I'd like to thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

Your comments in this thread have shown better than anyone could have ever hoped for what lowlives you are.

DJ posts an uplifting story of a man helping his daughter and all you can do is gripe and moan and take potshots and other people.

Where is the compassion for the child? For the father whose young baby girl is facing cancer?

Where is your basic humanity, you two?

I thought you were sick and twisted before, but this is almost beyond belief.

Oops... potshots at ... (Below threshold)

Oops... potshots at other people. I got so upset I couldn't type straight.

our lives are so incompl... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

our lives are so incomplete..we must live them through others...

Speak for yourself. Of course, that could be the problem. Maybe you are speaking for yourself. Personally, there is nobody else in the world that I would rather be than me, and I certainly am not living my life through Fisher, or anybody else.

This is about a daughter an... (Below threshold)
What Willis was Talking About:

This is about a daughter and her dad. It's not about basketball or money. In a cynical world, this is good.

Prayers and all the best to... (Below threshold)
LAB:

Prayers and all the best to him and his family.

Story: "Firefighters Save P... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Story: "Firefighters Save Puppies From Fire!"

Nogo: "Well duh, ain't that what they're supposed to do? Big deal."

Some people see good in all things. Some in none.

Nogo:Trust you to ... (Below threshold)
Mark L.:

Nogo:

Trust you to miss the real sacrifice made by this gentleman. His daughter's illness is causing the family to relocate to where she can get appropriate care. Even if this type of care were available in a state-sponsored system (which it would almost certainly not be, unless you were one of the ruling elite in such a country), it would not be available everywhere. You would still most likely have to relocate to get access to it.

That would not be a sacrifice for you. After all, you can find the minimum wage jobs that you claim to be qualified to do in every city in the nation. It would not be a sacrifice for me. My skills (for which I am paid considerably above minimum wage, even though it is not NBA basketball star level) can be exercised anywhere in the United States where I can get an Internet connection.

Mr. Fisher, on the other hand, is in an industry where his work is geographically circumscribed. He either assumes the risk associated with abandoning his contract to be with his family or he abandons his family. Given that choice he opted for family over career. That is his real sacrifice. Not the money -- the career.

Obviously, someone who has never had a meaningful career will fail to appreciate the magnitude of what Mr. Fisher has surrendered. It would be like having a man born blind appreciate color or someone who has been profoundly deaf since birth find meaning in the sound of a Beethoven symphony.

Rather than criticize those that are blind to the import of what Mr. Fisher has done, we should pity them. They truly are to be pitied.

They truly are to be pit... (Below threshold)
Clay:

They truly are to be pitied.

Amen.

Rather than criticize th... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Rather than criticize those that are blind to the import of what Mr. Fisher has done, we should pity them. They truly are to be pitied.

Very well put, sir.

Story: "Firefighte... (Below threshold)
Story: "Firefighters Save Puppies From Fire!"

Nogo: "Well duh, ain't that what they're supposed to do? Big deal."

Some people see good in all things. Some in none.

Most lefties are extreme pessimists. Everything is a "crisis" to them. First it was the "population bomb," which was supposed to cause mass starvations worldwide in the 70s and 80s (I didn't see that, did I miss an edition of the paper?). Then the same author claimed that American life expectancy would be 42 by 1999. I must have missed that story too.

Nogo is just following his lefty programming, that's all.

Nogo is just following h... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Nogo is just following his lefty programming, that's all.

We need more Halliburton de-programming centers. ;)

Oh, no, SOTG, ya had to go ... (Below threshold)

Oh, no, SOTG, ya had to go mention the H-word.

Now we'll hear lefty screeds about Cheney until this thread drops off the front page.

The only point I have tried... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

The only point I have tried to make...is simple...why do we need a celebrity to make a situation real?
We all know someone in our family who died of cancer...another illness or an accidental death..
It effects/Affects us...

....our concern...the toll it takes on our lives..
the hope and strength we gain from these experiences...are not less...just because...we are not famous...

but hey...some of you can go ahead and trash my compassion that is not pretend...as typical of a liberal...I am unrepentant...

after all...what does the death of Lance Cpl. Juan M. Garcia Schill, 20, of Grants Pass, Ore
mean to anyone outside of family or friends...
It is not as if Wizbang would post his name and ask we pray for his family...
....now if his dad or mom were famous....

Typical liberals. They're c... (Below threshold)
What Willis Was Talking About:

Typical liberals. They're compassionate as long as it's not somebody rich (unless it's Rich). Nope. The rich deserve everything they get. Besides money of course.

As Clay said, it's not about basketball, money, or celebrity. It's real because it's real, you inconsiderate slob.

It is not as if Wi... (Below threshold)
It is not as if Wizbang would post his name and ask we pray for his family...

Did you even ASK the Wizbangers if they would, or did you just assume they wouldn't? And, for the record, if any family member of any servicemember wants prayers, they can email me through my blog and I will post it.

Also, the milblog BlackFive posts a lot of stories on and from servicemembers whose parents are not famous. There are some on the front page right now, as there usually are, including congratulating a Marine on the birth of his child.

But you wouldn't know that, would you, Nogo, because the only blogs you visit are those that you can troll safely (and milblogs aren't in that category) or lefty screed-factories like DailyKos.

nogo:It's okay. W... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

nogo:

It's okay. We understand why you don't understand.

Really. We do.

There is a lot of God bandi... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

There is a lot of God bandied about here. What makes you God fearin' people so sure that God didn't cause this little girls cancer?

Wonderful bedside manner th... (Below threshold)

Wonderful bedside manner there, "dr" lava.

Okay, nogo. We get the poi... (Below threshold)

Okay, nogo. We get the point. You're not interested in the story. But you are far too interested in anyone else's interest in a story YOU'RE not interested in. I find it interesting that you've found many and varied ways to criticize other's interest based on the simple fact that it's a famous person.

What makes this story interesting is the stark contrast to the usual self-centered self-importance of famous figures.

I can't tell you how many times i've come across blog postings speaking of a loved one I never heard of, let alone met, yet I will offer words of condolence and encouragement. I can't tell you how many stories I've run across on the net of people making sacrifices for loved ones I never heard of that have been backtracked by other blogs to bring attention to their stories.

"after all...what does the death of Lance Cpl. Juan M. Garcia Schill, 20, of Grants Pass, Ore mean to anyone outside of family or friends...It is not as if Wizbang would post his name and ask we pray for his family.......now if his dad or mom were famous...."

That is an unfair accusation. I'm not going to tell you why. I'll let you figure it out.




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