Tag Archives: Phil Jackson

1972: Lakers versus Knicks Round Four (L.A.’s Sensational Streak)

Background With the aging Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, the 1972 Lakers were expected to be a rebuilding team. After a 6-3 start, Baylor retired, but the team embarked on a 33-game winning streak that remains the longest in NBA … Continue reading

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1973: Knicks versus Lakers Round Five (Wilt’s Last Season)

Background The Knicks were shorthanded when they lost the 1972 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, and they returned a year later with vengeance in mind. Though the team reeled off 57 regular season wins, they still only finished … Continue reading

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2010: Lakers versus Celtics (Los Angeles Repeats Again)

Background Coming off their 2009 NBA championship, the Lakers were determined to defend their title in 2010 and acquired former Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest to start at small forward. The team raced out to a conference-best 57 … Continue reading

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2009: Lakers versus Magic (Kobe’s Fourth Ring)

Background The Lakers lost in the 2008 NBA Finals, but Andrew Bynum returned from injury in the 2008-09 season to start at center, allowing Lamar Odom to move to the bench and bolstering the best front court in the league. … Continue reading

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2008: Celtics versus Lakers Round Four (The Rivalry Rekindled)

Background Despite reaching the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics struggled to rebuild in the mid-2000s and finished with only 24 wins in 2007. Boston made huge splashes the following off-season when they traded for 2004 NBA MVP Kevin Garnett … Continue reading

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2004: Pistons versus Lakers Round Three (Motown Shocks the World)

Background The Pistons underwent a complete roster re-haul in the ’90s after winning the 1990 NBA Finals. The team attempted to rebuild around young All-Star Grant Hill, but the forward left in free agency in 2000. In a sign-and-trade with … Continue reading

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2002: Lakers versus Nets (The Three-Peat is Complete)

Background Coming off their win in the 2001 NBA Finals and unparalleled 15-1 record in the playoffs, the Lakers were looking to “Three-peat,” but improvement around the league would make it a tougher feat. Despite the competition they won 58 … Continue reading

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