With Shaq’s number being retired by the Lakers this week, I thought I would honor the first Shaq-Kobe championship team. A dynasty’s first championship, especially after a drought, is always exhilarating for the home city and this was no different.
The 1999-2000 Lakers were a fun team to watch and to this day the Kobe to Shaq alley-oop that iced their Game 7 comeback against Portland in the Conference Finals is one of my all-time favorite Laker moments. I still remember jumping up and down with my neighbor.
- STARTING 5
PF – AC GREEN
SF – GLENN RICE
SG – KOBE
PG – RON HARPER
- KEY RESERVES
- PHIL JACKSON’s FIRST YEAR
They finished the regular season with 67 wins, finishing with the most wins since the 1971–72 team won a franchise record 69 games. The Lakers clinched the top seed in the playoffs for the 25th time in franchise history and the first in 9 years.
- BEAT SACRAMENTO 3-2
The two teams would face off in another Laker epic battle in the 2002 Conference Finals.
- BEAT PHOENIX 4-1
- BEAT PORTLAND 4-3
Scottie Pippen led the Blazers from a 3-1 series deficit to a 15-point Game 7 lead and then Brian Shaw’s 3 three pointers played an important role in the Lakers dramatic 4th quarter comeback.
- BEAT INDIANA 4-2
Reggie Miller and the Pacers had been knocking on the door to the finals for a long-time and finally made it under coach Larry Bird. They gave the Lakers a good fight and even handed them one of their worst playoff losses. Ultimately, the Lakers were not going to be denied.