Champions: The Shaq-Kobe Dynasty Begins

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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.

THE TEAM

  • STARTING 5
    C-SHAQ
    PF – AC GREEN
    SF – GLENN RICE
    SG – KOBE
    PG – RON HARPER
  • KEY RESERVES
    DEREK FISHER
    RICK FOX
    ROBERT HORRY
  • PHIL JACKSON’s FIRST YEAR

THE SEASON

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.

THE PLAYOFFS

  • 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.

 

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