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.
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.