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Derek Fisher

NBA great’s home burglarized, five treasured NBA Championship rings stolen

by Jacquelyn Gray, Contributor

Cops say someone broke into former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher’s home and stole $300,000 worth of jewelry — including five NBA championship rings.

TMZ reports the home was burglarized Monday morning while Fisher, 42, was out for a few hours. Officials claimed the culprit entered the Los Angeles residence through a side door. Fisher told authorities it was clear someone was there while he was gone.

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Irma Mota said nobody was at home at the time of the incident, according to KTLA.

The 42-year-old won his five rings with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010. Fisher retired in 2014 after 18 seasons with five teams. In August 2013, two of Kobe Bryant’s NBA championship rings earned $282,337 for charity, according to NBA.com.

While the LAPD’s West Valley division responded to the scene, the LAPD’s Commercial Crime Division Burglary Section will lead the investigation, according to NBC Los Angeles. So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the burglary.

Fisher, who also coached the New York Knicks from 2014 to 2016, is no stranger to controversy. In October 2015, Sacramento Kings small forward Matt Barnes reportedly drove 95 miles to fight Fisher for romancing Gloria Govan, his estranged wife.

“Barnes went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher. Matt then drove down there to beat the s*** out of him,” A source told the New York Post.

The beef between Barnes and Fisher hasn’t died down since then. Mere days before the burglary, Barnes took to Instagram to respond to a Bleacher Report post which teased an upcoming Fisher interview where he touched on their feud.

“He sounds real tough on here,” Barnes wrote. “Didn’t sound like that when he was running around my house screaming & pleading!”

[Feature Photo: AP/John Salangsang/Invision]

Jacquelyn Gray is a New Jersey-based writer and journalist. When she's not covering crime, she's probably tweeting or doing yoga.