Derek Fisher finally had his say.
Months after he was embroiled in a controversy with Matt Barnes, which reportedly featured Barnes driving over 90 miles to his ex-wife's home to confront Fisher, her boyfriend, the former New York Knicks coach explained his side of the story.
In a personal account for The Cauldron, Fisher wrote he didn't appreciate the manner in which Gloria Govan was treated as an ornament in the narrative. He wrote,
It's a fair criticism, indeed. For the most part, the discussion centered on a Barnes vs. Fisher angle while seldom considering the potential trauma a woman would have after having her ex-husband show up unannounced because she moved on.
But, that's not the only issue Fisher had with the portrayal of the general story. He also said his "relationship" with Barnes, which was widely purported to be a former friendship, was exaggerated.
Fisher and Barnes did play together for the Lakers for two seasons (2010-11 and the lockout-shortened 2011-12), but he emphasized that was all there was to their prior history.
Furthermore, Fisher crucially insisted "no fight" occurred, saying,
Whether or not anyone was hurt, Derek Fisher's reputation certainly was. But every story has two sides, and after this little glimpse, his seems worth telling.