Former Lakers guard Derek Fisher is being linked to Kobe Bryant‘s widow Vanessa Bryant after the two were spotted talking in the stands during the 2021 WNBA All-Star game in Las Vegas. This was the first time that Vanessa was being linked to someone after her husband Kobe Bryant’s unfortunate demise in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
Derek Fisher was Kobe’s teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both got drafted in 1996, Kobe going 13th and Fisher being picked 24th in the first round. Fisher had later revealed that he was shocked that the Lakers, who were his favorite team growing up, had drafted him, let alone in the first round.
Fisher made the most of his opportunity. He spent 13 years with the Lakers, winning five championships in the process alongside his dear friend Kobe. They had formed a deep relationship during their time together as teammates, a relationship which extended off the court even after their retirements.
Is Derek Fisher dating Vanessa Bryant?
Vanessa was at the 2021 WNBA All-Star game to pay homage to her late daughter Gianna and her late husband Kobe at the annual game. But what actually caught the attention of fans was the photo of Fisher and Vanessa sitting next to each other, talking.
Vanessa Bryant and family with Derek Fisher pic.twitter.com/Fjmd6p4VFZ
— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 15, 2021
The Internet loves to talk, and that’s what they did, again. Assumptions were made and varied opinions were put forward about the viral photo. Some fans were quick to blast Fisher for his audacity of trying on his late friend’s widow while some were supportive of them.
It’s been 18 months. She’s allowed to move on. pic.twitter.com/sdoB5WXk0l
— Aging Dad NB (@bigtotoro) July 15, 2021
A fan wrote “It’s been 18 months. She’s allowed to move on” along with a GIF from the famous movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ quoting its famous dialogue “Get busy living or get busy dying.” He was referring to the 18 months that had passed since Kobe’s demise. Others were not so much in favor.
Look at this scheming ass nigga 😂 https://t.co/ZyVypSrb7T
— Marquis (@Bama_Boi57) July 15, 2021
oh, this is not good and matt barnes can attest to that https://t.co/4Cs95yC5xX
— George Marcus 🇦🇷🚫🧑🏿🦱 (@Diaboue) July 15, 2021
Another fan wrote,“oh, this is not good and matt barnes can attest to that.” He was referring to the infamous feud between former teammates Barnes and Fisher back in 2015. Barnes and Fisher had reportedly fought over Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan, whom Fisher was dating at the time. In fact, Fisher is now married to Govan, which indicates all this might just be empty talk.
While there was insufficient proof to cast doubt on each of them, Derek and Vanessa-related hypotheses have persisted online for the past months. This just goes to show how scrutinized Vanessa will be, along with whoever she is discovered with, and how people will undoubtedly view it as a slight to the Black Mamba and her daughter’s lives.
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