Salt Lake City Derek Fisher was looking forward to finally getting some rest on the Utah Jazz's flight to California.
Fisher was drained after practice Thursday, having spent the previous day in a New York hospital for his 10-month-old daughter's cancer treatment before flying to Utah for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors.
It all went well. Fisher made it in time to play and the Jazz won 127-117 in overtime. More importantly, little Tatum was recovering and may be able to keep her left eye.
"Physically, I'm OK. But mentally and emotionally I'm just exhausted," Fisher said.
Tatum was diagnosed last week with retinoblastoma, a cancerous tumor in her left eye. Fisher was excused from the team to deal with his daughter's illness, and the family flew to New York on Monday to see a specialist.
Fisher said he and his wife, Candace, had about 12 hours to decide how to treat the tumor. Doctors could remove the eye and try to get all the cancer, or treat it with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, and hope she can keep her eye.
"The cancer could spread to the optic nerve, to the brain and throughout the rest of her body pretty fast," Fisher said. "That was our first concern - trying to save her life."