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Lakers' Derek Fisher granted restraining order against woman

April 27, 2009 |  6:31 pm

Lakers guard Derek Fisher filed for and was granted a temporary restraining order today against a woman who has allegedly been stalking him for years and had her last name legally changed to Fisher, according to court papers filed by attorneys for the basketball player.

The woman, Symone Fisher, has allegedly sent a number of e-mails, Internet messages and letters to the Lakers star claiming to be his wife even though the two have never met, Derek Fisher wrote in a declaration.

She recently began showing up at the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo and near his home, according to court papers.

“Her repeated attempts to contact me, her delusional notions that we are married, her angry and hostile tirades against me, her appearance at my place of work, and her recent travels near and around my place of residence are all extremely frightening to me,” Derek Fisher wrote.

Det. Rod Wagner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the “recent escalation in Symone Fisher’s delusional thoughts and behaviors” made a restraining order necessary to protect the basketball star and his family.

The 40-year-old woman first started contacting Derek Fisher during the 2001-2002 basketball season, sending him packages of CDs with love songs, according to a declaration by Duran McGregory, Fisher's personal security manager. She re-emerged during the 2005-2006 season with “Fisher” as her new legal name, writing in letters that the two should get married and that God wanted them to be together, McGregory wrote.

-- Victoria Kim