Yes, I remember the game. Also remember that I did not watch it. IIRC, it was a weekday game, like a Tuesday night.
That 1999 season was a such a mess. Lakers were considered the favorites to win it all. 50 game season. Felt like they were playing nearly every day. Then, we added Rice (and Reid) in a swap for Eddie Jones/Elden Campbell. I remember we had a handful of Sunday afternoon games on NBC where we played awful then Kobe would play amazing and we'd lose close at the end. (One against Indiana stands out. Reggie Miller tried to come up and console Kobe on the loss/great effort, and Kobe didn't want to talk to him).
Lakers fired Del Harris in like the first 2-3 weeks of the season. He cried. Said he had dedicated the season to his parents, both of whom had died in the off-season. Ouch.
Rambis did okay, but I don't think Shaq ever respected him. He fell in Love with Lue, presumably because he played hard. I remember Shaq coming off the court once (perhaps in the play-offs) and yelling at Rambis to put Fisher back in the game.
We signed Rodman just after we hired Rambis. Buss apparently made the deal as West was reluctant. Rodman joins the team and we win 10 straight (2 against the Clippers). It seemed like good times were here. Then, within a couple of weeks, the Lakers put Rodman on waivers. He shows up to practice without his shoes - says he can't find them.
Another weird deal with Rodman. He and Carmen Electra announced their separation/divorce during the season. Watching/listening to Peter Vescey report details of their final rendezvous at a Los Angeles hotel on live TV made everyone's skin crawl.
Kobe almost single-handedly beat the Rockets in the first round. He made Scottie Pippen look old.
Round 2, it looked like Lakers might steal game 2 in the Alamo Dome. Kobe made a huge 3 with under a minute left. Spurs scored, then fouled Kobe, who missed 2 free throws. Another ouch.
Spurs swept LA and closed the Forum. (Fitting that the Lakers closed the Alamo Dome 3 years later).
Season over. Enter Phil. Rest=History