some fantastic n b a conversation that's going on right now.
This time we're taking a look at the L A Lakers going into the Wayback Machine, 9 4010 when the Lakers were ableto win what would be back to back championships for themselves there.
It also represents, of course, the final championship for Kobe Bryant.
So these were the last to that.
He was able to lock up.
But if we want to really highlight where this all begins, according to Derek Fisher, who's been speaking with a clutch sports on this topic, there's one place that we gotta go.
So there's gonna be a lot of information that I want to kind of touch on here.
Some fantastic stat lines.
We're going to get into a couple of players, not just from specifically this series, but really around the N B A outside of the 2010 championship year.
For the Lakers, that kind of highlight what it takes, maybe to get to this place rights.
It's a reach, that ultimate summit, but the first place that this starts off for us as well start to go into a bit of are a screen sharing mode here.
This is where we got to go first and foremost, and you can see on the scoreboard there that this, of course, represents that first year when the, uh when the Lakers in 2008 are falling to the Boston Celtics.
Able to get to the finals, obviously, but 4 to 2, they end up losing this series to the Celtics.
This is the Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, the Big Three that that maybe that really the onset of that Big Three dynamic that starts the created in the N B A and then spreads to Miami when LeBron James goes there along with eventually, Ray Allen is up there as well.
But that's the Dwayne Wade, obviously Ah, Chris Bosch, Big Three down in South Beach that helps them when a couple of championships never quite got to the ER four or five or six.
As LeBron Infant infamously announced at Thea inauguration when they when they all came together and signed those contracts.
But, you know, this is what they're Fisher points to you make it to the finals.
You battle your way there and then ultimately in the game as you can see where they basically got blown out in Game six on, you know, in Boston.
So it wasn't on your home court.
But essentially, you end up with that bitter taste of not only do you lose the championship, but you also you lose it, getting kind of handled right.
You lose it in six games, you lose it by double digits in that fourth quarter.
A celebration continues here for the Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce, obviously the ultimate for him to be able to get that championship as well.
But what ends up happening is the interesting thing that Derek Fisher talks about, too, is it starts to give the the, ah, the Lakers this sense of, you know, a little bit of revenge, right? They want to get back.
They want to climb that mountain top and win a championship, and the following year they do it.
They beat the Orlando Magic in 09 but it isn't enough, and a lot of times you think about in the n b A.
Whether it's within your conference or you're talking about in the finals and some of those great matchups where you see teams going back, Lakers and Celtics.
Ah, back of the old days when they would battle year after year.
But when you lose to a team of team bounces you out early in the playoffs.
You want to see on that next season so you can get revenge and vindicate that if you lose to the Boston Celtics in the Finals, you want to go back that very next year.
You want to show them that it was a fluke, or you know that you can get over them.
Ah, that they're not gonna disrespect you one more time.
Instead, they have to go through the Orlando Magic the following year and they get the championship and it's fantastic, but it's not enough.
So then they turn their attention to the following season, where that's where they'll finally end up getting that matchup against Boston once again with an opportunity, as we all know, T get that second championship in a row for Kobe Bryant.
Post Shaquille O'Neal a issue Shaquille O'Neal area.
So he's able to do it without the big man.
That's also an accomplishment that he has, and then, of course, as a cent represents the last championship that he would be able to achieve in his MBA career.
Now, first thing we want to dio thinking about the n B a season that year in 2010.
Well, go ahead and get my my ugly mug off the screen here if we dive in just where the conferences were right.
So taking a look out there at the Eastern Conference standings that season, you're talking about the Cavaliers, 61 21.
Talked about the big man leaving L.
Went through a cast of stops along the back end of his career, but Shaquille O'Neal was there with LeBron James in Cleveland, 61 21 that number one seed.
You see the Orlando Magic or they're the Atlanta Hawks.
Boston Celtics came in as the four seed in that 2010 season, you know, and then you also have down the list.
Listen to debunked Charlotte Bobcats, who are once again the Hornets now, but they came in there is that seven sea and then the Chicago Bulls at that eighth spot out in the West.
And this is where again, as we always think about the Western Conference seems to find a way to always be the more dominant of the two.
And in spite of the fact, even right now, you know Toronto has won a championship.
We know that the Milwaukee Bucks are obviously on a higher level, but you start to take a look at the back end of the Eastern Conference now, where the Brooklyn Nets sit, where some of the other teams are.
And it is really that muddled around 500 area once again.
But out west, even back in, 09 No.
You're talking about the Lakers.
They're the number one seed.
Had the Mavericks right behind them, just two games back.
Look at that lineup is you worked out? Phoenix Suns 54 win 10 team, 53 wins for the Denver Nuggets Utah Jazz with 53 wins and then the final 6 to 8 seeds.
All 50 win teams in the Trail Blazers, the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder you're talking about from top to bottom, only seven games back from the A C to the one seed no team with less than 50 wins making the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Where is the Chicago Bulls at 500 were able to sneak in there in the A C.
Now the drop off from playoff teams that year, it was fairly the same.
You're talking about 40 to 1 rocket team that's on the outside, looking in Memphis Grizzlies with 40 wins as well and just quickly flashing back to the Eastern Conference.
The Toronto Raptors miss out that year with 40 wins and pretty big drop off to that 10.
See, though just a 30 to win Indiana Pacers team that year.
No reason to come all the way down to the bottom, where we talk about a 12 when Brooklyn next team a CZ, I happen to be a fan of them.
We don't need to dwell on that's you much, but that's where we started out that year.
When you move over and you think about then talking about the stat lines coming out of that season and what was occurring heading into those playoffs, the the Lakers and the Celtics were someone on a collision course, you could say as we talk about points per game and then defensive points per game as well.
Lakers came in 101 nearly 102 points per game, good for 12 in the league.
So not necessarily a team that was going to just straight outrun you, but healthy top half of the league that year.
Celtics, on the other hand, under 100 points, 19th in the league.
It's interesting to think about where the N B A is gone over the past decade.
And considering the idea that this is going to be really a scenario where just be scoring under 100 points and be thinking that you're gonna be making to the N B A finals in today's MBA, I'd be hard pressed to point to a lot of examples like that.
But Celtics sitting there 19th in the league in points per game.
Defensive side of things, the Lakers holding opponents to just 97 points per game.
That was good for ninth.
Good for fifth position in the N.
That year, the Boston Celtics obviously hung their hat on defense just 95 a half 96 points per game.
That was fifth spot there, and then the big number.
When you talk about these teams making it into the N B A playoffs, making that push to go to the finals of both of them sit, sat and faith and a thre expectedly in terms of AA plus minus on the season, plus 4.
7 for the Lakers for 3.
6 for the Boston Celtics that season.
Another interesting thing.
When you do take a look inside of those numbers as well, we've talked about it.
Sometimes it's in today's MBA at where teams sit, sometimes typically the plus minus.
It usually comes out in the wash.
But when we went to that difference in the +090 10 season, you're talking about the Orlando Magic leading the league at plus 7.5.
That year, they averaged 103 points, again giving up just 95 per contest.
But then, in terms of who made it into the playoffs, only one team came into the playoffs that year with a negative plus minus.
And that was the Chicago Bulls.
They were scorned about 98 giving up about 99 so very close, and as they were a 541 and 41 team.
You can understand that that margin, like the rate.
They're at the threshold.
A couple of teams ahead of them in the Memphis Grizzlies in the Houston Rockets before you got into what was the Charlotte Bobcats that year in the final lowest ranked playoff position.
And they were a team that were plus 1.
5, scoring 95 giving up 93 a half or so.
So again, think about today's MBA to D A playoff team, and you could just think about some of these other groups.
Highest team is really around 104 You're gonna be given that up, too.
I was using one at 1 10 They're going to have the Phoenix Suns, a running gun team at the time.
The Warriors were given you 109 points a game, 106 from the Nuggets, 104 from the Jazz.
So you know the plus one hundred's air there, for sure.
I think it's a combination of, you know, teams in that 100 range.
That's respectable, but you probably be looking in today's MBA closer to +105 to 1 10 for some of those teams.
And then it's the opposition scoring right.
The idea that you could be the Bobcats surrendering 93 94 points a game.
You've got the Miami Heat, the Portland Trail Blazers, both giving up just 94 points per contest all the way down every single playoff team that you're highlighting here, sub 100 in terms of points surrendered, I'd be hard pressed to see that occurring in today's MBA frequently when we talk about getting into the playoffs and teams that really have a championship credit because it's just a lot harder to hang your hat on the defensive side of things, especially the way the big men have expanded out now that perimeter shooting.
So it really is more about that than me running gun.
Get out and beat him out just in terms of pacing.
But you do need to be knocking down perimeter shots.
I mean, that's that's the no brainer around the embassy today.
Now, if we move over here and start to take a look at that playoff bracket that we want to highlight as well in the 090 10 season again, out in the Western Conference, we now know that it was so congested there, right? Every team being at least 50 wins, arm or in the West, just a seven game difference from top to bottom there.
So when you go in and think about that, the number two seed out West in the Dallas Mavericks were actually, you say, upset for two by the Spurs in that first round again.
That's a 27 seed matchup.
But the difference between their win totals is four games, so they get bounced out.
Though they do represent the second best seat in terms of competition for the Lakers that year, Lakers work their way through the Thunder four to winning over the eighth.
See, that came in, obviously, as the number one.
Ah, Nuggets and Jazz battle it out there, sons for two over the Blazers.
And if you worked a way through those playoffs, the Suns then blow up the Spurs in a four game sweep, as do the Lakers over the Jazz.
They meet there in the Western Conference finals, where the Lakers come out of four to victorious on that and now, on the other side of things was a little bit more balanced.
Little more parity.
We know Celtics had to go through the heat first, there's a 45 seed, but again, you're still talking about having the firepower that they did just two years prior winning an MBA championships.
So they moved through the Celtics with relative ease.
Cleveland after going through the Chicago Bulls for one, they fall to the Celtics in just six games.
The Hawks get swept by the Magic after having taken out the Bucks for three in the first round at 36 matchup and then the Magic, The Bobcats a suite there as well. So you know magic.
No over there, first over their 1st 2 rounds of the playoffs.
Then when they finally meet the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, you're talking about a four to Celtics victory there.
That leads to the match up the rematch for the Lakers against the Ah, the Boston Celtics in the Finals that season.
Now, additionally, some of the things to think about coming into this finals.
It's Kobe Bryant.
Over a decade into his MBA career, coming off of the championship and what he's able to accomplish, he goes in shooting.
Ah, you know, in 18 of 23 of these playoff games and we can go back and take a look at that.
09 bracket here.
A Lakers take a look at some of these stat lines.
First round, they take on the taking on the Oklahoma City thunder and again check out some of these scorelines as well.
Now it does pick up is they work into the Utah Jazz Siri's as well as taking on the Phoenix Suns.
But in those initial Siri's, you're talking about Kobe Bryant, 18 to 23 playoff games that he had that season.
He led the games in scoring.
Let his team is going, obviously, High point man for the game.
Coming out of that first round Siri's in that four game sweep of Utah, he put up 30 plus an old four of those games.
Ah, highlighted by the 35 point performance in Game three there and then working your way of the Phoenix Suns.
Siri's you're looking at a player.
Give you 38 36 42.
Open it up and get that first game win now.
The 36 38 point performances did come in losses, both on the road in Phoenix for that, but you take a look over to the far side column as well.
Don't forget that he was giving you 13 assists, 11 assists, 10 assists, nine assists, leading the team, lead the team and assist every single game in that Utah sweet.
Go back to that first round.
Syriza's well, lead the team five out of those five out of those seven games of six games.
Excuse me, lead the team in assists as well.
So you know the reality of what he was able to elevate himself to in the playoffs was important to remember here.
And we're gonna get by the way to Derek Fisher and the catalyst of this conversation and what and what he was able to do also.
But Kobe Bryant put himself in a position to be giving you 27 points.
Shot 40% from three.
They're also gave you excuse me.
27 points, five assists, five rebounds.
That's what he was averaging there.
Steal in 1/2 as well.
He's a career 25 point per game shooter, so he's already giving you 27 points that season.
We're talking about so 11 12 years into the league, still giving you elevated numbers as he worked his way through the entire season.
And then the playoffs even pushed it a little bit further, averaging 29 points.
Now we take a little bit of look over at some of the other players that were part of that Laker team as well.
We know that Gasol was there with him.
Here's a guy that, actually, during the regular season, was behind a couple other players on that roster.
But when you think about rebounding numbers but incredibly consistent from from regular seasons of playoffs, averaged 16 and 11 gave you 18 and 11 as he worked his way into the playoffs as well.
Make sure I got those numbers right.
They're 18 and 11.
Excuse me in the regular season, 20 and 11 when he moved into the playoffs for Gasol.
So having reliability.
And by the way, though, in those Siri's in those games in the playoffs when you talk about rebounding did not leave the team those close during the regular season take a look again.
There's buying with Pops up in the fourth game of that opening around Siri's castle leaves the team in rebounds every other game in that serious leads all four games in the sweep against the Utah Jazz also picks up a lot.
This is the way this was the outlier where Gautam came in big for that Phoenix Siri's.
And then when you got into the finals, it was an opportunity for Gasol toe once again take over.
So for him, you were talking about 15 out of the 23 matchups in the playoffs for the L A Lakers.
You led the team and rebounds as well.
This is where you start to dive into some of those secondary players that we think about put a brief pause on the playoff series, getting into the action with the Boston Celtics in this finals.
Because the other conversation that we wanna have and we'll go ahead and take a look at here, we'll bring up back into me for just one second.
We're gonna go ahead and start to run some of those highlights throughout the playoffs that we saw from Kobe Bryant and the L A Lakers and in the in the background here, want to kind of go through and just highlight a little bit is some of these other players that we don't think about not just in the 09 2010 season, but throughout the n.
Over the years that really represents that extra elements.
Sixth Man of the year.
We know about the Lou Williams, right? We know about the Crawfords of the N d A.
But there's so many other players that at the end of their careers, they're not gonna be considered Hall of Famers but still represent quality impact players that you need to have on a roster when you wanna have championship aspirations.
So we start with the man that began this conversation on clutch sports and Derek Fisher.
This is a guy who that particular season in 09 No.
10 was giving you 7.
5 points per game.
This rebounded 1/2 per game to go along with 1.
Also give you steal as well when he gets into the playoffs.
Now, though, he ends up hitting 45% of his fuel goals in the playoffs, knocking down 10 points per game.
So elevated getting down basically an extra three per performance goes and gives you an extra rebound per game.
So you think about some of those little scrappy come in from the weak side when the big bodies were bouncing around and grab an extra rebound.
Extend the play on the offensive side of the floor as well.
8 assists, nearly doubling his assist total from the regular season into the playoffs as well.
So facilitating, making sure that you're giving Kobe Bryant's an easy extra points as he's pushing 35 plus on on a consistent basis throughout the playoffs.
Maybe looking outside to find a three point shooter in the corner as well, and then was consistent with his steals.
This is a guy who is a career 10,000 point score, obviously a five time NBA champion, because he was there with Kobe Bryant, by the way he came back.
Derek Fisher in that +0809 season.
Excuse me, Theo, Wait season.
When they lost, he had to stop.
I believe over in Utah, if I'm not mistaken before returning to the Lakers and helping them get back on track with a couple of these championships.
But there's a reliability there, right? There's dependability for Kobe Bryant.
For the superstars on the scene, the bigger names on this team to know that Derek Fisher is going to give you consistent performances on a night in and night out basis.
And what it got me thinking about was some of these names to mention.
Now, this isn't a team again Homer pick here just in terms of being a next fan.
Not just Brooklyn, but New Jersey Nets fan.
You go back and you think about a guy like Richard Jefferson for the New Jersey Nets and that final season.
Remember his his contract? His time with the Nets, essentially after a contract extension, ran out as the Jason Kidd Era ended in New Jersey as well.
But this was a player who gave you 22 a half, nearly 23 points per game in that final season, a 27 years old and he was knocking down a 57 true shooting percentage.
Now, if you go back to his time there, you know that he's getting that at break out and run mentality with Jason Kidd.
Carter joined in there.
At a certain point, you had Kenyon Martin early on.
So, you know, is the beneficiary of just one of the best sure passers in the game and court vision from Jason Kidd.
But this is a guy that isn't going to go down as a Hall of Famer wins a championship later in his career with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But you needed a player like that to be supplementing behind a Vince Carter and adjacent kid in order to even get to those finals where, unfortunately, they were never able to.
And when the ultimate ship, but still even being able to reach the finals, you know you're gonna need a player like that.
Another fantastic example specifically when you talk about championship aspirations is J.
Barea Dallas Mavericks.
He's a guy that, even though over his 30 wind up being 13 years with the Mavericks and, of course, the Minnesota Timberwolves as well averages nine points per game.
You know, ah, never really move the needle for you a whole lot, but when they reached the N B A finals in the postseason matchup against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris box right, the Miami Heat that first year, when the heat Chris Bosch just destroyed to have come up short in that down to one in that Siri's.
It was actually Ah J.
Barea, who gets inserted and starts as the point guard in there.
He scored 17 points in Game 5 15 points in the series clinching Game six victory.
This is a guy that does not represent No, he's not.
I'm going to be the bigger names on that roster, but without having him there, the availability for a head coach look on that bench and say, I can go ahead and make an adjustment, make a tweak here and give myself an opportunity to maybe get inside.
Ah, the other team Make them look deeper into their rotation as well creates and mismatches and all, sometimes just find a spark.
Last couple of names that I want to bring up before we get back into this finals action as we continue to see some of those highlights between the sons and the Lakers playing in the background there.
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons, Right.
This is not a guy that is going to be ah, Hall of Famer, but he was such a massive part of Now he's a more notable name within that roster.
This isn't a six man coming off the bench, but a guy that did so many things just fundamentally, well, really helped to space the floor.
And you can also think about the idea of where he would have been in today's MBA.
This is a guy in seven foot two and had that 37% AA three point shooting range on him.
He would plug into today's MBA even more effectively than he did back then.
And while he started to break down a little bit at the back end of his career again, another player that is not not gonna be looked at as a Hall of Famer, but without which you're never going to accomplish what you do there in Detroit.
And Detroit's also an example of the team that I think did it by the sum of its parts.
You know Chauncey Billups is there as well.
But if you think about Chauncey, Billups is being the leader of that team with Wallace, is there there at one point as well, Obviously gave you a tremendous opportunities, will pull away here and get back into the full screen so we don't have to have you watch a ah cove it out there and we'll move on down the line, though.
So there's a couple of names you start to think about as you look through the n b A. And that's really what to be.
Derek Fisher is for the L.
A Lakers over these runs, right? He's an important component.
You're never gonna list those rosters and go well, it was Kobe Bryant and then Derek Fisher.
No, it was good soul.
No, it was Shaquille O'Neal in the earlier years, you think about even when they had Trevor of Reza.
And that's one of the things that will touch on here is, well, some of the other pieces that you bring in.
But Derek Fisher was the constant for all five of those MBA championships.
So having that extra piece that you get the plug in and have consistent reliability and is massively important, let's continue or deep dive here as we take a look now inside some of the other spots that we want to touch on here.
And that, of course, is swinging over to the Eastern Conference and taking a look at how the Boston Celtics found themselves sitting in a position with an opportunity to, ah, to get themselves back to the finals once again and take on the L A Lakers round one.
They went ahead and really just beat up the time Miami Heat, the pre LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Miami Heat swept them there in that first, Siri's here, and we'll go ahead and get this pulled up so you can see it as well, along with me.
Swept them for four games to one.
So a five game series on Ally said.
Sweat there, but really handled them with these highlighted, though, and this is the other side of it.
We highlighted how the Boston Celtics were defensive team, obviously.
And then when you think about the high point scores in these games Pierce, Allen, Pierce, Rondo, Alan.
So you know a couple of nice games by Pierce and Alan, and then Rondo pops up for one, right? You talk about the rebounding scenario, it's Gar Net, Perkins Perkins again, Garnet.
And then Rondo sneaks in with eight rebounds in that final game to clinch the syriza's well assist numbers.
On the other hand, though, strictly a Rondo scenario there, and I think as we work our way through, we're talking about how you highlight Kobe Bryant.
And knocking down 18 to 23 is the leader in point scoring over his playoff run.
We mentioned there that Rondo get takes every single game there.
Three out of the five in that first round had double digit assists.
Look at the second round matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 12 19 8 13 7 and 12 19 assists in that second game after losing 101 93 in the opener.
They get that first game on the road there to be won one coming back home.
And even though they lost in that third game, they went ahead, swept the next three toe again.
Take that Siri's four games to two.
So I took that one in six as well.
But again, look inside the high point scores.
Rondo, Alan Barnett, Rondo, Alan Garnet.
So in that first, Siri's Garnett was never the hype ointment.
They started using his size to take on the Cavaliers, and he goes ahead and leads that team effective leak.
In certain two of those games, Alan jumping in as well, along with Rondo that in the conference finals now taking on the Orlando Magic, who again one of those higher rank the high ranks seed in the Eastern Conference and they're able to do it.
Ineffective fashion Coming right out the gate, getting those 1st 3 victories to games on the road in Orlando.
It's Alan Pierce and then Big Baby Glenn Davis gives you, gives you a team high in game number three than two losses and went Pierce and Wallace.
That ended up leading the team in scoring and then Pierce again in that final game to clinch it four games to two again.
Rondo dominating the assist categories there.
In that previous round, only one where he didn't lead was Paul Pierce in the second to last game with seven, but then taking on Orlando Rondo all the way through.
Except for Alan, one time only and single digit basic average.
Eight in that series had 12 in Game three, but he dominated the assists the way that Kobe Bryant was able to dominate scoring and then you go into the finals and we'll start the highlight.
Some of that specific information there that we want to touch on.
But you can see how this team in the Boston Celtics was built.
Team oriented, right? We can talk one way or the other about what the value is of who leads you, whether it's that singular star.
When you had LeBron James trying to pull through some of those teams in Cleveland early on in his career and obviously trying to take it all on his back and get it accomplished.
But on the other side of it, you have, AH, team that says, Who's going to rise up right? Who's gonna bubble to the top for us on a game to game, serious to Siri's match up to match up basis? And that's the benefit of having situations like that.
If it's Kevin Garnett, whose length and size allows you to maybe pick out that match up and start to dominate a Siri's against Cleveland, if it's going to be that Paul Pierce in that mid range game, extending it out at times is gonna work if the spacing on the floor benefits Ray Allen spotting up in those corners and knocking down threes.
These are all the different things that you have to kind of factor in right take into account as you move through on the other side.
Efficiency Lakers, you go.
Listen, Castle and some of the big they're gonna rise up in a given Siris.
But you're hanging your hat on Kobe Bryant, right? If Kobe Bryant doesn't give you 30 plus points per game nearly on a consistent basis throughout the playoffs, you're not making it back to the finals once again with an opportunity for some level of redemption.
So as we start to think about it here and move our way into what will be this final match up and we'll go ahead and pull this back and get some highlights going, we'll get that off the screen there until we know that we're clean of that little bit of advertising that we want to dio.
But again, you know, you work your way into it, thinking about home records here one last note that I'm gonna touch on before we get into the final highlights here in and around the actual seven game series.
Between them, Lakers came in with a 34 and seven record at home.
So in terms of being able to take advantage of that when you work your way into the finals.
Obviously, big opportunity in advance for them.
Just 24 17 for the Boston Celtics.
So you know, four seed struggle about their struggle but certainly didn't have a dominant home court advantage, and you can think back to where we ended up just in terms of the finals record.
This is a serious that bounced back and forth, right? Lakers lose.
Ah, so surely the Celtics lose that first game on the road in l.
A. But they take game number two.
But then when you think about needing to go to L.
A and be ableto, hopefully get yourself an extra w there that you're gonna need to move the needle on this, the level of confidence that you have going into.
So what effectively becomes, ah, when you talk about going into a serious excuse me when you're talking about going into a serious where you're 34 7 and you to steal a couple of games on the road? They were able to do it at the start of the series there in L.
But then you have to get a 2nd 1 That and that's what is happening when you're the road team in the finals.
And unfortunately for a team that only lost seven games, you really feel like you start to put yourself in a bit of a difficult spot there.
So as well start to get inside here a little bit.
Some of the information that we want to highlight here and there we go.
Now we got that up and running.
Make sure that we get our proper, proper highlight package going. Excuse me.
And there we go.
We're right back at it.
Apologized for the delay there.
So as we run some of these highlights in the background here, you start to think about the way this Game seven broke down.
Took everything you had here, and we'll go ahead and run that back just briefly as it was.
I want to get this full package going here a little bit, right.
So you work your way through these finals.
This is a game that was tight all the way through.
You can think about how going back to two years prior l A Lakers just kind of getting blown out, so they wanted that ability.
I have that revenge.
But it wasn't like it was going to be a walk in the park taking on the Boston Celtics, still a very strong team, obviously able to work their way through the playoffs.
But what it came down to ultimately is, as we start to scroll through these highlights a little bit, I want to get ourselves that point.
You see heading towards halftime again, 38 to 33 with under a minute to go heading to halftime.
Seeing a score line like that in today's MBA would be borderline absurd, foul in one opportunity there for Kevin Garnett early in the third quarter.
And this is a little bit of what we're talking about.
And remember, this was an opportunity for the Boston Celtics to be getting another championship with this cast in particular.
Work our way through this final quarter here, as I just want to kind of highlight where this ended up.
So 66 71 who walked through these last handful of minutes, downloaded a Kevin Garnett losing him on the back side of that defense.
Gasol and Kobe Bryant.
Nothing to do but look at one another.
This is where Gasol had some gritty performances.
Gets on the interior ableto fight over multiple defenders for the L A Lakers for this on the Boston Celtics.
Then you work in the corner here, right the big time.
Three from Rashid on the wing there pulls it back in just a three point deficit Right now.
Kobe Bryant fires outside.
That's metta world peace.
So we didn't get the highlight.
Only difference, really between the rosters from from the year prior to this year.
So back to back champions for chips for L. A.
Was you didn't have you had Metta World Peace in.
You also have Shannon Brown coming and played significant minute shares for them, obviously.
And then Trevor a reason.
Who was within the year prior? Not there.
In this one, they see Rondo give and go kicks to the corner.
Ray Allen rises up, pulls him back within three with under a minute to go.
Move it once again from Russia on Rondo and then along its head there.
But here's the key.
Gasol, in a crowd of three, manages to get that rebound Kobe drives the lane aggressively, takes on Wallace in the lane, picks up that foul, will go to the line and shoot, too.
And that became the key sequence down the stretch in this one where, frankly, you could make the argument.
Maybe Kobe hoisted a little bit early there from the outside, but he's able to go up, knock down these free throws 25.
7 seconds to go here and, as he clicks through on both of those, makes it a five point game, 76 81.
The short shot there bounces around Rondo, able to re gather and knocked down, really a turn around shot for a guy who was not known and never really known to be.
Ah, fantastic field goal shooter.
Three point perimeter shooter.
That one brought it back to a two point game.
It was Vucevic's.
They got found here with just 11.
7 seconds to go, and by the way, you talk about again the Derek Fisher's of the world or the elusive inches of the world, and the need to have players that can do that.
Stand in the line and have your leader have your Hall of Famer and Kobe Bryant just lean back and get that clutch fist pump to go as you knock down to key free throws to go ahead and lock in the championship for the L A Lakers.
The mystery ball there from Rajon Rondo out little the way ahead.
And that would be the conclusion of back to back championships.
Kobe Bryant sealing off his five championship career there as well.
We highlighted with Derek Fisher was able to do to contribute.
You saw what it took to maybe have a couple of those lucky breaks.
Lucky bounces, Fergus, older recover and offensive rebounding working around.
And it still took the old way down to the wire seven game series and got it done.
And maybe to dare Fisher's point, it was that little something extra, that little bit of revenge.
Bitter taste in their mouth, even after winning a championship the rear year prior that, they said, We want to come back in.
We want to see the exact same team that we couldn't get out of Game six against.
We want them one more time.
We want to prove a point.
We want to win the back to back championships and you get to walk away to be hanging there on a little bit saying they had the last word and the w thank you so much for deep diving it with us here as Derek Fisher sparked the conversation a decade ago, and it seems to re occur every time we have these conversations, I'm reminded that I must be getting older because a decade ago I was still in my mid twenties, enjoying that Siri's and seeing the Big Three of Boston trying to get another championship under their belt and Mamba using that mentality to bring back back to back championships to L. A.
And really cap off just one of the greatest careers in MBA history.
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