What does this Lakers Championship really mean?

An article by David Peterson.

I have heard it over a hundred times…”Kobe can’t win a championship without Shaq“. ESPN made sure to tagline this past finals series between the Lakers and Magic as Kobe’s quest for a ring of his own. But can the Lake87746142AB051_LAKERS_NUGGETSrs recent title be watered down to simply acknowledging that Kobe led the re-built Lakers back to the top of the NBA world? I would like to argue otherwise.

There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant was dominating in the playoffs and deserved finals MVP honors. However, without the addition of Trevor Ariza, the stronger play of Lamar Odom, and a healthy Andrew Bynum, the Lakers would have been in the same spot as last year, when they walked out of TD Banknorth Garden with green and white confetti falling to the court. The fact is this: Kobe is Kobe, a dominant, consistent, top 5 player in NBA history. However, he alone cannot win an NBA title. Jordan had Pippen, Rodman, Harper, and Kukoc. Kobe now has Pau Gasol, whom Magic Johnson calls “the second best skinny big man in the NBA behind Kevin Garnett“, as well as Trevor Ariza, who is the most athletic player on the team and who came up with some of the biggest steals in playoff history. Throw in strong play from Lamar Odom and an emerging star in Andrew Bynum, and you have a team with no visible weakness or flaws.

This Lakers team, and this championship season, is much more than Kobe getting the Shaq monkey off his back, it’s the beginning of another Lakers dynasty. This team is built to win two more titles within the next three years. Now it’s just up to Mitch Kupchak to keep the team together and Phil Jackson to somehow find another finger for his next ring. Parting words of wisdom: WARNING-don’t ever leave Fisher open for a crucial 3, you will get burned!


3 Responses

  1. Do you know that he Lakers lost all their NBA final matches in the1960s.They received their first title in Los Angeles in 1972, their sixth since their inception in 1946. It was in the 80’s that the Lakers reputation soared when they gained 5 championships with giants like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy playing under coach Pat Riley.

    • Really? I never knew too much about the Lakers’ history. I knew they were a powerhouse in more recent times as you explained since the 80’s. Wow that’s great insight you’ve provided us all with!

  2. i was beginning to feel i may possibly be the sole woman / man whom thought about this, at the least at this point i discover im not insane 🙂 i’ll be sure to take a look at a number several other posts immediately after i get some caffeine in me, it really is complicated to read without my coffee, I was really late last evening grinding myspace poker and after downing a few beers i finished up melting away all my zynga poker chips cheers 🙂

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