Initially, Derek Haig and Jimmy Brooks were not fond of each other. When Jimmy began coaching Degrassi's boys' basketball team, Derek, a new member on the team, did not like the idea, as he assumed someone who was wheelchair-bound would not be a good coach. Derek did not hide his disdain for Jimmy, and constantly challenged him. Despite his disability, Jimmy proved himself to be a strong coach and eventually won Derek's respect and admiration.

Friendship history


Although they disliked each other in Death of a Disco Dancer, they later became friends.

Season 5

In Death of a Disco Dancer, Jimmy is proud to be the new basketball coach but a new member Derek, causes trouble. He thinks Jimmy should not be the coach because he is in a wheelchair. He calls Jimmy a "cripple" and the two get into a fight. However, Derek backs off once Jimmy proves he is the best, wheelchair or not.

In I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, the two were seen playing basketball together and Derek alerted Jimmy when Ellie Nash was walking by, then left them alone to talk.

Jimmy and Derek never interacted after I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Eventually Derek met and began to hang out with Danny Van Zandt.

Season 6

In Rock This Town, Derek and Jimmy attended Liberty Van Zandt's birthday party at Emma Nelson's house.

In The Bitterest Pill, Jimmy and Derek both attended the Degrassi memorial service for J.T. Yorke, who was murdered by a Lakehurst Secondary School student named Drake Lempkey several days earlier.