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Derek Fisher’s hoped-for chance at a little NBA normalcy appears to have gone out the window. The former Los Angeles Lakers championship guard and former New York Knicks head coach was allegedly the victim of a robbery on Monday morning, with burglars reportedly relieving him of the five championship rings he earned in Los Angeles.
The 42-year old Fisher, currently working as an analyst on local Lakers broadcasts, was not at home at the time and appears to be unhurt. TMZ was the first to relay the story:
Law enforcement sources tell us the NBA legend reported a burglary at his home Monday morning — telling police he left the home at 7:30 AM and when he returned 3 hours later, it was clear someone had been inside.
We’re told officials believe the perp got into the house through a side door — and went for his jewelry. Among the stolen goods was Fisher’s 5 NBA rings he won during his run with the Lakers. They’re each worth a ton of cash.
Our sources say other jewelry was taken as well.
The LAPD is currently investigating. So far, no arrests have been made.
TMZ puts the value of the stolen goods at $300,000. If the five championship rings – won in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 – were involved, this estimate seems a little low.
Fisher played with Los Angeles from 1996 until 2004, and again from 2007 through 2012. He joined the New York Knicks as coach soon after retiring in 2014, compiling a 40-96 record before being let go by the team on Feb. 8 2016.
Recently, Fisher was noted for his part in an embarrassing incident with one-year Laker teammate and current Sacramento King Matt Barnes. Barnes, who is reported to be due to turn himself into the New York Police Department on assault charges following his alleged role in a nightclub assault, stormed in on Fisher while he was living with Barnes’ ex-wife Debra Govan. Barnes reportedly became upset upon learning that Fisher was not only going out with his ex-wife, but also staying at the same house as Govan and Barnes’ children.
Fisher has made no statement on the reported robbery.
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