A new amazing take on the Kobe Bryant era
Posted July 21, 2011 - 07:31 PM
Excepting the tail end of the Jordan era, who the Lakers never played in the playoffs, the Lakers lost their first playoff encounters with many of their many rivals, and most of them went on to become NBA champions. The Lakers not only returned the favor on most of these teams in the playoffs, we won 5 titles, and counting.
1997 Utah Jazz
1998 Utah Jazz.
Utah got us both times, but we returned the favor in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and won 2 titles. They didn't win a title, losing twice to Jordan's Bulls.
1999 San Antonio Spurs
Spurs got us, and won the NBA title that year and 3 more. We got them back in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2008; losing only in 2003. We won 5 more NBA titles; 3 after the first loss, 2 after the second loss.
2006 Phoenix Suns
2007 Phoenix Suns
Poor Suns never made the finals, but we got them back in 2010 and won a title. I also want to put a new slant on the 2006 series. Phoenix had HCA and should probably have won the series 4-1, as they did in 2007. Phoneix should have been ahead 2-0, instead were 1-1. Phoenix should have been up 2-2, instead were 1-3. Phoenix should have been ahead 3-2 after 5, instead they were down 3-2. and Phoenix should have won game 7, which they did, they had homecourt advantage. Phoenix should never have been in a position having to win 3 straight games to survive. Yes, we should have won, or at least could have won that series, but it is no taint on Kobe's legacy he never got us past the first round without Shaq, or until we got Gasol. Kobe got us in a position to be ahead 3-1, and that is no stain on his legacy. If game 7 is in LA we probably win.
2008 Boston Celtics
Yep, they got us in the finals, we also paid them back and they performed the biggest 2nd half choke in NBA finals game 7 history. We won the title in 2010.
2011 Dallas Mavericks
This was our first encounter under Kobe, and like those above, we lost. You can bet your bottom dollar these Lakers want payback for that humiliation. We redeemed ourselves for all the other foes, except the Detroit Pistons. Maybe they will become relevant before Kobe hangs up his sneakers.
So do you see where this is going? All the pieces are in place for the Lakers to win another title or two under Kobe. Bring it Dallas.
Seasons the Celtics lost ECF when Lakers won the championship (7): 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1988, 2002
In NBA history, the Lakers have finished better than the Celtics by a margin of 39-24!
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Posted July 21, 2011 - 08:09 PM
hope history repeats itself for next year
Posted July 21, 2011 - 08:14 PM
Much credit to Phil Jackson and the coaching staff though. They had realized what was missing each season we were eliminated and were able to use that on beating that team for payback along with grabbing the title most of the time.
Posted July 21, 2011 - 10:17 PM
1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010
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Chick, Baylor, West, Wilt, Goodrich, Wilkes, Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Shaq, Kobe, Pau
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