Even thought the Lakers made #6 on the top ten list, it’s still an impressive feat to beat 3 of the top 4 teams (4. Blazers, 3. Spurs, 2. Kings).

lakersYahoo! Sports: Los Angeles Lakers, 2003-04 – This could have been an all-time team, one of the greats, had everything come together. Nothing came together, though. Nothing came close. Everything fell apart, badly, but not before the Lakers made it all the way to the NBA Finals, as favorites, before losing to the Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles signed Gary Payton(notes) and Karl Malone to cheap-o contracts before the season started, hoping to fill positions that had been skunked by Tim Duncan(notes) and Tony Parker(notes) the season before, but those esteemed transactions were more than mitigated by the news of Kobe Bryant’s(notes) legal troubles in Colorado during the summer of 2003.

Bryant’s troubles marred the season, as he grew increasingly insular, and, to his coaching staff and teammates, erratic and selfish on the court. Payton never learned the offense, Shaquille O’Neal was never in shape, and Karl Malone (the lone good soldier on this squad) had to deal with two devastating freak knee injuries in December (with the Lakers rolling along at 20 and 5) and in June (with Los Angeles about to make the Finals).

Also considered: Los Angeles Lakers, 2007-08

  • http://6thgenaccord.com King

    not sure where this is from, or what the title means, im guessing some kind of top 10 list…but i agree that this team could have been great. and winning this championship probably would of kept Shaq in L.A. a little longer.

    • desecrator93

      lol ya I was a little confused from that title, woulda been better if they posted the actual list.

      • Salty

        The link to the article is the “Yahoo! Sports” title.

        If any of the TLN guys are reading this, you might want to change the color of hyperlinks because this one is pretty hard to notice as is.

  • yoyoyo

    in that post season, the Lakers beat the Blazers, Spurs, and Kings (Queens) to reach the finals but fell short of winning the championship even though they had all the pieces.

  • Salty

    Also note that they beat team #7, the 03-04 Timberwolves.


    That list is RIDICULOUS! Really… the 2003-2004 Timberwolves team was that good? C’mon, be real! I can’t believe that they made it to #7! And the 2008-2009 Cavs team as #1! Are these guys smoking crack? Seriously, the 1999-2000 Blazers team and the 2001-2002 Queens team were both way better than that sorry @$$ team from Cleveland last year! The Lakers were 1 quarter away from elimination against the Blazers ( well, 5 minutes really ) and they were one Robert Horry shot or .5 seconds away from elimination against the Queens!

    Now, those were 2 great games from 2 great series! And the guy that put this STUPID @$$ list together wants to perpetuate how good the Cavs from last year were? They almost got swept by the Magic! They were only 1 miracle shot from LeBrick away from being swept! And the Lakers almost swept the Magic! There is NO WAY IN HELL THAT THE CAVS from last year should be ranked that high! In fact, I don’t even believ they should be in the top 10!

    As far as I’m concerned, until LeHype wins anything besides a popularity contest, he’s not even worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as D Wade let alone Kobe Bryant! All this hype and we get nothing but a poor sport! Fcuk him and the Nike marketing machine and the NBA for trying to sell us on a crappy bill of goods in LeWhiner, when we’ve got arguably the GOAT in Kobe Bryant right before our eyes!

    And relax, Jordan purists… I said ARGUABLY! And if you guys have a problem with that take well then, FCUK YOU too! Because you guys are close minded and not willing to really allow for anyone to take that spot but Jordan anyway!