These men helped Shaq and Kobe to a 3-peat. Thats right Shaq, it wasn’t just you.
Bleacher Report: The “Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant Era” began for the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996, not long after Magic Johnson retired (for the second time), and ended in 2004, when the team was dismantled following their defeat to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
During that eight-year time frame, the Lakers won three consecutive championships from 2000-2002 led by Shaq and Kobe. However, those two superstars didn’t win the titles all by themselves, as a slew of role players did their part to help.
This slideshow will feature ten of those role players. You know the names: Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, etc. In order to make the list, though, the player had to have won at least one title with the Lakers and averaged at least 20 minutes per game during a regular season.
Well, let’s begin.