Sources close to the deal tell TMZ that Derek "has been asked by the Saints to address the team before their home opener in N.O. on September 9."
Fisher personally received calls from coaches and "other team staff" -- and we're told the courting worked ... because Fisher agreed and will be in the Superdome to pump up the reigning Super Bowl champs before they take the field.
Fish is a five-time champion, having hoisted Larry O'Brien's trophy in 2000, 2001, 2002 and then again in 2009 and 2010. And if you're going to ask anyone from those teams to drop by, I like the choice of Fisher. He's one of the NBA's all-time great glue guys, willing and able to step into the background, accept his role, be a stabilizing influence, and step up like a champion when called upon.
With the Saints, everyone on the roster, with the exception of Drew Brees(notes), is a role player. Brees is your Kobe (I'm referring only to his on-field role, so calm yourself, Saints fans). Everyone else should aspire to be Derek Fisher.
I'm sure NBC will give us a good look at Fisher next Thursday night.
- Derek Fisher