Which team do you think will win the championship: Kobe's LA or SuperDwight's Magic?
Well - at this point it is fairly safe to say that the Lakers will win. Unless the Magic can win all 3 games at home -- then the Lakers will only need to win one of two in LA.
The bottom line is that the Lakers (Gasol, Odom, and Bynum) have an answer for Howard that the Cavs did not.
well i think lakers got xp but Howard is just great this season !!! mvp <--
It's 3-1 now
Fisher scored in last second for overtime and Lakers won after overtime 99-91.
Yep, the series is all but over!
Yep, Fish came up great inspite of 0-5 during the early minutes of the game. But consider this:
1. SuperDwight was super with his rebounds and blocks. If he puts his mind on his game, who'd stop him?
2. Rafer Alston was like a small dagger that hurt the Lakers. Van Gundy made a mistake in not letting him play in the 4th quarter and Overtime of Game 4. What if instead of Jameer Nelson Van Gundy plays Alston in Game 5: How will the Lakers respond?
3. Rasheed Lewis has been quiet throughout the series. What if he explodes in Game 5? And I know he can explode, just as he did in the Cleveland series.
The Lakers have a bad habit of getting slack after a series of wins. In 2000, the Pacers dumped them in Game 5.
If the Lakers don't get it in 5, they can always finish off at the Staples Center. The Magic would have big problems in L. A. There is still a chance though that the Lakers win Game 5. That is, if they are able to keep close to the Magic in the first three quarters (because I think the Magic will be playing to build up a big lead) and use their stamina and aggression in the fourth quarter.
I guess it is moot and academic now. The Lakers have just won their 15th NBA championship. I am looking forward to next year. I hope the Lakers close out 2000-2010 with another championship.
Congratulations to the L.A. Lakers! Most especially to Kobe Bryant who finally won a championship without Shaq; and coach Phil Jackson, who has now won his 10th championship.
I thought they would 4-1. And they did.
It's great for the lakers as they now have 15 NBA championships and are two away from having the most (Celtics have 17).
But I felt the NBA finals this year wasn't that great. Lakers were against a team that barely had experience in the Finals (First trip to finals, they lost 4-0, this was almost a repeat of that). Lakers easily dominated and it ended too quickly.
But going to the Finals the Orlando Magic beat the Celtics and the Cavs. That was a fine team that played there. Even Stan Van Gundy would deny that "experience" had anything to do with it. The Orlando team lost because the Lakers played better.
Let us see whether Kobe and Co. prove to be durable champs. Next season is going to be really exciting. During the Lakers parade, Kobe told everyone that their battle cry through this Finals ha been One, two, three ring! I think he would like to do a Jordan. But I'd like to see the Lakers to that against teams like Boston, the Cavaliers, the Nuggets and the Spurs.
i am one of those who believed in magic but lakers did it. Anyway congratulations to LA Lakers eventhough my favorite team is PHX.
Phoenix is going to lose Shaq to the Cleveland Cavaliers, so Phoenix won't have a dominant big man. Forecasters say that Phoenix is going to be among the worst teams next year. With Shaq's transfer to Cleveland, LeBron will really have a great time dominating.
Big changes in the East. Looks like the Boston Celtics may be coming back for a Finals appearance next season. But Cleveland will be ready and so is Van Gundy's Magic. I haven't heard of any real changes in the West. Except for the news that Shaq is moving to Phoenix. So, any more news?
You know what, I wish the following teams could come up with a better showing:
New York -- since Patrick Ewing, it hasn't really been a championship caliber team.
Phoenix Suns -- they could have been a better team if they retained Shaq, but they didn't
I am Lakers fan. I like Kobe. I want him to get the NBA final without Shaq. Now he can do it!!!
Y'know it wasn't Kobe alone who got the rings for the Lakers. There was also Fisher, Gasol, Odom, Ariza and Bynum. In fact, without Bynum and Ariza, the Lakers got clobbered by the Celtics last year.
Too bad Ariza won't play for the Lakers next season. It seems he has been traded to Houston for Ron Artest. Artest is an explosive player but I would have preferred Ariza to stay on.
LOL behind the times much? and Ariza signed with Houston as a Free Agent and Artest signed with the lakers as a Free Agent, there was no trade
That's news to me. I was hoping Ariza would stay on. But Artest is a good player and perhaps would jive well with the Lakers. I think next year's favorite would be Cleveland and Boston. The Celtics already have big names in their roster and Cleveland has Shaq and LeBron. Man, I can't wait for the All-Star games.
After the championship games, I haven't heard any news about the changes in the league. So I am really behind the times on that point. Thanks for the information.
The East looks power packed. Man, just imagining the possibilities of Shaq, LeBron, and the Celtic stars coming together is really something.
And who do you think will win the championship? I think it is going to be a toss up between the Celtics and the Lakers.
are you guys forgetting Shaq is 38 years old?
Hes not shaq of 2000 any more
Shaq is going to clog the lane and cause problems for LeBron driving...Z is a much better fit at C with LeBron than Shaq...Shaq will be traded before the trade deadline
Perhaps Shaq at 38 may cause problems. But Jabbar was already old in 1987 when he led the Lakers to another championship.