Brand Switch: Derek Fisher Leaves Nike For Adidas
After a decade with Nike Basketball, Lakers veteran point guard Derek Fisher has agreed to an endorsement deal with adidas.
words_Nick DePaula Amidst early seasons of superstar beef and the trade demands of the team's franchise player, the calming influence in Kobe Bryant's ear and the biggest sign of stability during each of the Lakers' five championship campaigns this decade has been the leadership of veteran starting point guard Derek Fisher. "His significance to our ballclub and to me cannot be understated," Kobe told the Los Angeles Times over the summer. "He's our big-shot maker; he complements me in terms of leadership in the locker room, because he's the guy that puts his arms around everybody and he's our emotional leader, and that allows me to be the taskmaster." While the very real possibility of Fisher leaving for Miami this summer never did materialize, the reigning NBA Player's Association President has opted for another fairly major change at this stage of his career: He's leaving Nike and will now wear adidas Basketball. "Yes, [Derek] Fisher entered into a partnership with adidas," an adidas spokesperson confirms to Sole Collector. For Fisher, who's been treated to a bevy of Nike Basketball player exclusives this decade, including special make-ups of the Hyperflight, Jet Flight, Zoom Huarache 2K5, and perhaps most notably, the Max Uptempo '95, he can be seen below wearing the adidas TS Motion Low, a new low-top adidas Team Signature model. With the offseason departure of Jordan Farmar, Fisher joins new teammate Matt Barnes as the two lone adidas Basketball athletes on the Lakers. After wearing Nike for the last decade, and before that, AND1 and the infamous Karl Kani, adidas will be the fourth brand to grace the feet of the Lakers leader.