Laker star Derek Fisher to meet-and-greet at Palazzo

Sep 25, 2009 7:32 PM
by GT Staff | LAS VEGAS – Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Derek Fisher will appear at Lagasse’s Stadium inside the Palazzo Hotel for a book signing event, today, from noon to 2 p.m.

Fisher is expected to greet and interact with fans and sign his new book, "Character Driven: Life, Lessons and Basketball."

Fisher has had a colorful history with the L.A. Lakers for most of his 13 seasons in the NBA, including the eras of Magic Johnson and most recently, Kobe Bryant. He has also had stints with the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz.

Well-respected among other players in the league, Fisher is the president of the NBA Players Association, which represents players’ interests and negotiates labor contracts with the owners.

Fisher, who begins his 14th season in the NBA next month as the starting point guard for the world champion Lakers, lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Fisher will make his appearance at Emeril Lagasse’s Stadium, the ultra sports lounge that adjoins Palazzo’s sports book.

The Stadium combines two of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s passions: sports and cooking. The lounge/club/restaurant features plush seating and TV screens for viewing sporting events, plus private boxes and cabanas for the well-heeled guests.

But don’t expect to find "stadium food" such as hot dogs and popcorn, not with chef Emeril in charge. Lagasse has prepared a premiere menu of great eats; for example, can you imagine watching a game while snacking on an open-faced Ahi tuna melt; New Orleans style crab cakes; sweet barbecue salmon; Creole shrimp salad; grilled beef rib-eye steak; and a sausage and peppers Stromboli? Those are just a few of the specialties served up at the Stadium