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My friends and I decided to go in together for Laker season tickets in 1998. Our original seats were at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. Later the Lakers moved to the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles and we kept our tickets. They are one of the more storied franchises in the NBA and most fans either love them or hate them. We have numerous photos of the staples center that can be seen my going to our Downtown Photographs page. We also have Laker Posters which can be viewed below. We also have more Laker prints that can be seen by going to our LA Sports Posters page.
Laker prints can be purchased for Shaq, Kobe, Magic and Kareem by clicking on the links below. Note that the Magic Johnson picture also features Larry Bird. The centers, Shaquille O' Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are posterizing people in their shots. Many celebrities regularly visit Laker games. Some of the stars that attend games are Jack Nicholson, Penny Marshall, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Dustin Hoffman, Dyan Cannon and Denzel Washington. Their prints can be purchased below. 2003 was an exciting year for the Lakers as they signed hall of famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone. It was impressive for them to join the Lakers because they took big pay cuts to be a part of the Lakers organization.

  • Be sure not to miss our review of Shaq Talks Back if you are a fan of Shaquille O' Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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  • Karl Malone
    Karl Malone
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    Gary Payton / Karl Malone
    Gary Payton / Karl Malone
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    Gary Payton
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    Shaquille O'Neal & Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers Team Logo - İPhotofile 2002 Lakers Three-Time Championship Composite - İPhotofile 2002-2003 Los Angeles Lakers Composite - İPhotofile
    Shaquille O'Neal & Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
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    Los Angeles Lakers Team Logo - İPhotofile
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    2002 Lakers Three-Time Championship Composite - İPhotofile
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    2002-2003 Los Angeles Lakers Composite - İPhotofile
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    2001 B2B NBA Champions - Lakers Team Composite - İPhotofile L.A. Lakers Then & Now Composite - İPhotofile The Highlight Zone Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant - İPhotofile Magic Johnson - İPhotofile
    2001 B2B NBA Champions - Lakers Team Composite - İPhotofile
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    L.A. Lakers Then & Now Composite - İPhotofile
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    The Highlight Zone
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    Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant - İPhotofile
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    Magic Johnson - İPhotofile
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    James Worthy - İPhotofile Mark Madsen - Action - İPhotofile Bryant & O'Neal - studio portrait - İPhotofile Slam! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - İPhotofile
    James Worthy - İPhotofile
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    Mark Madsen - Action - İPhotofile
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    Bryant & O'Neal - studio portrait - İPhotofile
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    Slam!
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - İPhotofile
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    Derek Fisher - İPhotofile Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant - İPhotofile Robert Horry - 2002 NBA Finals Action #16 - İPhotofile Rick Fox 2002 NBA Finals Action #14 - İPhotofile James Worthy - İPhotofile
    Derek Fisher - İPhotofile
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    Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant - İPhotofile
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    Robert Horry - 2002 NBA Finals Action #16 - İPhotofile
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    Rick Fox 2002 NBA Finals Action #14 - İPhotofile
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    James Worthy - İPhotofile
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    Rick Fox - İPhotofile 2001-2002 L.A. Lakers Western Conference Champions Composite - İPhotofile
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    Good and Bad Seasons
    SEASON...W...L....PCT
    1999-00..67..15...817
    1989-90..63..19...768
    1986-87..65..17...793
    1985-86..62..20...756
    1984-85..62..20...756
    1971-72..69..13...841
    1957-58..19..53...264

    1999-2000 NBA Playoffs - Lakers win it all in Phil Jackson's first season coaching Shaq and Kobe

    When the Lakers won their first championship with Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson in June of 2000, they had to first advance past the Portland Trail Blazers in game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. Tim Kawakami of the Los Angeles Times summed things up nicely in his article in the June 5th edition,
    "Then, at the moment of truth, as darkness threatened, Kobe Bryant ran faster, Brian Shaw shot truer, and Shaquille O'Neal jumped higher than anyone could have dreamed including the Lakers themselves.
    ...
    In the fourth quarter of the sevnth game of the third playoff series of the first season of Phil Jackson's Laker coaching lifetime, the Lakers overcame a 15-point deficit, reeled in the Portland Trail Blazers, and won a trip to the NBA finals with a staggering 89-84 victory before 18,997. It was the biggest Game 7 fourth-quarter comeback in NBA history." I was fortunate to be one of the 18,997 fans and I have the ticket to prove it. J.A. Adande also had some intersting words about the Sunday game in his column of th Jun 5th 2000 LA Times, "Three times now when it was needed most, when a series and a season hung in the balance, Kobe Bryant has delivered--and never in more consistent and balancd fashion than he did on Sunday. He has earned his spot alongside Shaquille O'Neal..."
    Friends of mine told me to sell my tickets before Sunday's game 7. They said that it could pay for a good chunk of my season tickets and that it was just one game. I'm glad I didn't listen to them. Seeing Brian Shaw, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant come together in the fourth quarter was amazing. It was one of those things that had to be seen in person. The electricity flowing through the Staples Center was incredible. When Shaq threw down a powerful dunk and hugged Derek Fisher the entire building erupted.
    The LA Times noted some key points in the 4th quarter of the game in Monday's edition as follows:
    LA-Por
    60-75 Kobe Bryant misses 15-foot jumper
    62-75 Shaquille O'Neal makes layup
    65-75 Brian Shaw makes 23-foot 3 pointer
    66-75 Kobe Bryant makes one of two free throws
    67-75 Shaq O'Neal makes one of two free throws
    67-75 Kobe Bryant misses 24-foot 3 pointer
    70-75 Robert Horry makes 23-foot 3 pointer
    72-75 Kobe Bryant makes 11-foot jumper
    72-75 Kobe Bryant misss 22-foot 3 pointer
    75-75 Brian Shaw makes 25-foot 3 pointer
    75-75 Kobe Bryant misses 11-foot 3 pointer
    77-77 Shaq Diesel O'Neal maks 2 free throws
    79-77 Shaq O'Neal makes 9 foot jumper
    81-79 Kobe Bryant makes 2 free throws

    The final score of this critical game was 89-84 Lakers.

    In the 2000 finals the Lakers faced the Indiana Pacers. I was fortunate enough to go to all 3 Laker home gams including game 6 of the series (home game 3) where they clinched the NBA Finals on June 19, 2000. Shaquille O'Neal was named the MVP of the Finals and he certainly played like the most valuable player. J.A. Andande was able to describe Shaq's performance nicely in the LA Times on June 20th,
    "This ring was mandatory for O'Neal. And he played that way every night, right on through the night that mattered the most, Game 6 of the NBA finals. His signature on a free-agent contract with the Lakers four years ago was the reason anything short of a championship has been considered a disappointment. His effort this year was the reason those championship hopes became reality. His play Monday night is the reason there will be a parade, and not a Game 7, on Wednesday." Tim Kawakami of the LA Times also wrote a nice article on the 20th, "O'Neal, the biggest star, and Bryant, the shiniest, carried them to a 116-111 Game 6 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday before 18,997 at Staples Center, delivering an NBA championship to a franchise that had waited 12 years for this." I feel fortunate to be one of the 18,997 fans present at the game. The fans got a little bit out of control out of the game, damaging a police car. Shaq showed what a good person he is by paying the fifty thousand to replace the police car. It was a nice gesture on his part for the city of Los Angeles.


    2000-2001 NBA Playoffs - Lakers win it all in Phil Jackson's second season coaching Shaq and Kobe

    The 2001 playoffs were sensational for the Lakers. They were able to win 15 playoff games in 16 tries which became an NBA record. I was lucky enough to go to game 1 of series B, game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and game 2 of the NBA Finals against the A. Iverson, Larry Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers. Incredibly the Lakers swept every series in the playoffs except for the Finals where they lost just one game. Tim Brown wrote some nice things in the Saturday, June 16 2001 edition of the LA Times,
    "Robert Horry observed his teammates from the doorway, and marveled at what they had done, and he along with them. Terribly flawed in the regular season, the Lakers grew and became the best postseason team in NBA history. They lost once, in overtime, from five points ahead in overtime, and won 15 games. They won all eight road games, showing poise few saw in them."
    Shaquille O'Neal was named the Finals MVP as he led his team to the promised land for the second year in a row.

    2001-2002 NBA Playoffs - Lakers win it all in Phil Jackson's third season coaching Shaq and Kobe

    I was lucky enough to go to game 1 of the 2002 finals where the Lakers met Jason Kidd, Byon Scott and the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers went on to win the series and Bill Plaschke had some words to say in the June 13 2002 edition of the LA Times,
    "East Rutherford, N.J.--A championship era turned three Wednesday, the party awash in champagne and relief, the thick-throated singing heard from here to Los Angeles. There were streamers; swooping Kobe Bryant, dangling Robert Horry. There were candles; Derek Fisher flickering, Devean George burning. there were party bags filled with most surprising oddities, including an emotional Jerry Buss ans a sweating Mitch Richmond. And there was, of course, the mandatory visit from a giant, Shaquille O'Neal, who carried the entire Laker party to a 113-107 victory over the New Jersey Nets and a four-game sweep of the NBA Finals." One nice thing about the Lakers winning the 2002 Finals was that it moved Phil Jackson up along side Red Aurbach of the Boston Celtics for the most championships won by a coach with 9. Tim Brown of the LA Times also had some nice things to say in the June 13 2002 edition, "The thrid championship came as the others did, on the shoulders of Shaquille O'Neal, on the wings of Kobe Bryant, at the end of a season they were sure of , if sometimes they were among the few who were.
    ...
    They won the best-of-seven series in four games, the first Finals sweep by the Lakers, the seventh in league history and the first in seven years, since O'Neal and his Orlando Magic were gone in four."
    It was another nice year to be a Laker fan. However I did feel sympathy for Byron Scott, a former Laker, since he had done such a good job coaching through the regular season and the playoffs only to get swept by Shaq and the Lakers.


    Nov 2, 2003 Shaq, Kobe, Gary and Karl Have Their First Regular Season Game Together
    I was able to go see the Lakers on November 2, 2003 with my brother and my son. My freinds Tyson and Gina were also at the game. The game was special because it was the first time Shaq O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone played together as Lakers in a regular season home game. The home opener did not have all 4 of them because Kobe was out with an injury. This was the second home game of 2003 but the first where all 4 superstars played. Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Devean George all finished in double figures. Kobe had an especially good game with over 20 points.


    The Lakers have 3 of the best centers to play the game of basketball in Wilt Chamerlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal. It has been nice watching Shaq add his name to Lakers Finals MVPs as follows:
    1969 Jerry West
    1972 Wilt Chamberlain
    1980 Magic Johnson
    1982 Magic Johnson
    1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    1987 Magic Johnson
    1988 James Worthy
    2000 Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 Shaquille O'Neal
    2002 Shaquille O'Neal

    Wilt Chamberlain
    Name:Wilt Chamberlain
    Lakers Number:13
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1983
    Lakers Championship Teams:1971-1972
    NBA Hall of Fame:1978
    Notes: Wilt Chamberlain was named Most Valuable Player of the 1972 NBA Finals, when he averaged 14.7 points and 21.0 rebounds. Wilt led the NBA in rebounding on 11 occasions, including four times with the Lakers. Chamberlain averaged a Lakers record 21.1 rebounds during the 1968-69 season. Chamberlain took part in 13 NBA All-Star Games. Wilt averaged an NBA record 50.4 points during the 1961-62 season. Amazingly, Wilt scored 50-plus points in 118 games. Chamerlain was a dominat player, leading the NBA in both scoring and rebounding (same season) five diffeent times. Wilt was the NBA MVP 4 times. Chamberlain has the Lakers field goal percentage record with .605 from the floor.
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    Elgin Baylor
    Name:Elgin Baylor
    Lakers Number:22
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1983
    Lakers Championship Teams:
    NBA Hall of Fame:1976
    Notes: Elgin Baylor scored a single-game Los Angeles Lakers franchise record 71 points on November 15, 1960 against New York. Elgin Baylor was an 11-time NBA All-Star. Baylor was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959. Baylor scored an NBA Finals record 61 points on April 14, 1962 agains Boston. Unfortunately the Lakers lost the finals. Baylor averaged a Lakers record 38.3 points during the 1961-62 year. Baylor led the Lakers in scoring six different seasons, including three straight years 1958-59 through 1960-61.
    Gail Goodrich
    Name:Gail Goodrich
    Lakers Number:25
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1996
    Lakers Championship Teams:1971-1972
    NBA Hall of Fame:1996
    Notes: Like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gail Goodrich played college basketball at UCLA before joining the Lakers. Gail Goodrich holds the Lakers record for consecutive free throws with 40 on 2 different streaks. Goodrich was a key member of the Lakers' 1971-72 NBA Championship team that won an all-time professional sports record 33 consecutive games. Gail Goodrich led the Lakers in scoring four consecutive seasons (1971-72 thru 1974-75), Gail Goodrich appeared in four consecutive All-Star Games while a member of the Lakers from '72 through '75.
    Magic Johnson
    Name:Magic Johnson
    Lakers Number:32
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1992
    Lakers Championship Teams:1979-1980, 1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1986-1987, 1987-1988
    NBA Hall of Fame:
    Notes: Earvin Magic Johnson was selected first in the 1979 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He had 10,141 assists througout his career, all of them with the Lakers where he spent his entire career. John Stockton later passed this number to claim the record. Magic led the NBA in assists in five consecutive seasons from 1982-1983 thru 1986-1987. Magic had 138 career triple doubles. Magic was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player three years (1980, 1982, 1987). Magic was a 12-time NBA All-Star and he was named All-Star Game MVP in 1990 and 1992. Leading the NBA in free throw percentage in 1988-99 where he shot .911 from the line, Magic had a fine shot.

    The February 12, 2004 issue of the Los Angeles Times had a nice article about Magic Johnson. The article is entitled Magic Has Statue of No Limitations Hall of Famer gets a work of art at Staples Center, and everyone is glad he beat the HIV odds to be around to see it happen. Randy Harvey talked about what Magic Johnson has meant to the city of Los Angeles as preperations were made for the NBA All Star Game. Harvey revealed the legends who were on hand when the statue of Magic Johnson was revealed.
    "Looking on was a crowd of several hundred, including speakers such as Mayor James Hahn, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, while Johnson ripped the purple cloth cover from the 17-foot bronze statue."
    The touching part of the article is the portion that explains how Magic has stood up and fought against HIV. I was in college at UCLA when he made the announcement that he had tested positive. Like everybody else, I was scared and it is an amazing testament of the human spirit to see him healthy and active today.
    "He lifted the Lakers to five NBA championships. They reached the Finals nine times in 12 seasons. That, however, is merely the foundation for his legacy. It is also the least important part of it.
    Most significant is his battle against HIV. His Magic Johnson Foundation has raised millions of dollars for AIDS research and prevention. Doctors say he is a valuable example that it is possible to not only survive but thrive with HIV. He looks so healthy today that it's seldom mentioned that he's still undergoing treatment for the virus.
    He has been more visible in his role as entrepreneur. American Express, in full-page newspaper advertisements this week, has noted its relationship with "Earvin" and "Magic" the basketball player and "Mr. Johnson" the businessman.
    Johnson said recently that he will be worth $750 million some day if the Starbucks coffeehouses, the TGI Friday's and Fatburger restaurants, the movie theaters, a record label and movie production company he oversees nationwide continue to prosper. He can put all of that money into the bank he also owns."
    Having been fortunate enough to see Magic play in person, I'll always remember what he brought to the game. One of my favorite memories was watching Magic and Michael Jordan when the Lakers met the Bulls in the NBA finals.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Name:Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Lakers Number:33
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1989
    Lakers Championship Teams:1979-1980, 1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1986-1987, 1987-1988
    NBA Hall of Fame:
    Notes: Attending college at UCLA, Kareem has a strong Los Angeles connections. Kareem played 14 of his 20 NBA years with the Lakers. The Lakers are lucky that Kareem played for them. Most of his key 38,387 points were scored as a Laker. He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Kareem led the Lakers in scoring 11 consecutive seasons (1975-76 thru 1985-86). Kareem was named the NBA Most Valuable Player 6 times. Kareem was able to score in double figures in an NBA record 787 consecutive games from 12/4/1977 thru 12/2/1987. Abdul-Jabbar was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1970. Kareem was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals in 1970-1971 and 1984-1985. Kareem was selected to play in 19 NBA All-Star Games.
    James Worthy
    Name:James Worthy
    Lakers Number:42
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1995
    Lakers Championship Teams:1984-1985, 1986-1987, 1987-1988
    NBA Hall of Fame:
    Notes: James Worthy played his entire NBA career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 1988 NBA Finals where he averaged 22 points, 7.4 boards and 4.4 assists. In games 7 of the 88 Finals he had 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Worthy was the first overall pick by the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Draft. James Worthy was an All-Star 7 years.
    Jerry West
    Name:Jerry West
    Lakers Number:44
    Year Lakers Retired His Jersey:1983
    Lakers Championship Teams:1971-1972
    NBA Hall of Fame:1979
    Notes: Playing his entire career as a Laker, Jerry West is a legend in Los Angeles. Jerry West has a career scoring average of 27.0. His playoff scoring average is even higher at 29.1 which was the best ever until Michael Jordan came along. Michael Jordan broke another record held by Jerry West. Up until Jordan broke it, West held the record for the most consecutive 20-plus point games at 25. Jerry West is the Lakers' all-time leading scorer with 25,192 points. Jerry West was able to lead the Lakers in scoring in 7 seasons. An All-Star in 14 different years, Jerry West was recognized around the league as one of the best players. He was the MVP of the All-Star game in 1972. Jerry West was the only player in the history of the NBA to be named the Finals MVP on a losing team. This took place in the 1969 Finals. In 1965-66, Jerry West was able to make 840 free throws. In the 1965 playoff series against Baltimore Jerry West averaged 46.3 points. Jerry West was the first draft pick the Lakers made after moving to Los Angeles. Not just a scorer, Jerry West led the NBA in assists during the 1971-72 campaign with 9.7 per game.
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    Gary Payton Laker White Home Jersey
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    Karl Malone Laker Home Jersey
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    Shaquille O'Neal Laker Home Jersey
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    One of the funnier Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes from season 1 involves Shaq and the Lakers. The description for the Lakers episode is as follows:
    "Shaq,"(2001), Courside seats at a Lakers game give Larry a citywide spotlight to really fould things up. Shaquille O'Neal appears as himself.

    Tickets to see the Los Angeles Lakers find their way to Larry and Lewis after Larry's manager reveals he can't make it to the game. Before the game Larry asks the doctor of the Los Angeles Lakers to look at something on his back. The doctor of the Lakers tells Larry that he is in a rush and that he can't help Larry. While watching the Lakers at the Staples Center, Larry accidentally trips Shaq, sending him to the hospital. All the Laker fans get upset and it makes all the news. Larry's wife accuses him of having a motive since he is a fan of the Knicks over the Lakers. Larry doesn't want everyone associated with the Lakers to hate him He visits Shaq in the hospital and tells Shaq, "I'm so sorry about the incident, I don't know what happenned." Larry discovers that the Lakers Doctor was cheating when playing scattergories against Shaq. Shaq asks, "Doc, how can you cheat at scattergories?" Shaq asks his agent to get the Lakers Doctor out of his hospital room. Larry says, "Get out, don't you say goodbye." Shaq explains to Larry that he likes The Contest Seinfeld episode. "My favorite Seinfeld episode was The Contest." says Shaq. Larry arranges for Shaq to get the Seinfeld episodes in his room. Shaq watches The Contest Senifeld episode from his room. It was nice to see the connection with the Lakers on Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show demonstrated that the Lakers are the team all of Hollywood and Los Angeles wants to see. Filmed in and around Los Angeles, Curb Your Enthusiasm shows The Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Santa Monica which is west of Los Angeles.

    The Lakers and the Orlando Magic Connection
    Everybody knows that Shaq played for the Orlando Magic before joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. Shaq hates losing to his old team and the game on Sunday, February 8 2004 was no exception. Shaq still has a mansion in the Orlando and Phil Jackson decided to do something different by holding practice at Shaq's house. Phil said everything was fine except for the fact that Shaq's indoor court is not regulation length, it is a few feet short. The game was early for the Lakers (9:30 am Pacific time) which may explain why they were trailing by 5 at half time. It could also be because Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone were out with injuries. However, Grant Hill was also out on the Orlando side. At one point in the game the Lakers were down by 18 points but they managed to come back and win. D Fisher was the hero as he stole the ball from Rod Strickland paving the way for Gary Payton to make the game winning layup. Afterwards Shaq said that the Lakers should have won the game easier by 20 points or so.

    The Lakers 2004 Bobblehead Dolls From Carl's Jr.
    In March and April 2004 Carl's Jr unleashed a powerful marketing program where Laker Bobblehead dolls were made available for $5 with the purchase of combo meals. Wanting to get the entire 5 player set, I visited the Carl's Jr by my house shortly after the Gary Payton doll was made available. Since he was the first player offered, it also came with a nice stand. The release dates for the five Laker player bobbleheads was as follows:
    10-Mar-2004 Week 1 - Gary Payton
    17-Mar-2004 Week 2 - Rick Fox
    24-Mar-2004 Week 3 - Derek Fisher
    31-Mar-2004 Week 4 - Devean George
    07-Apr-2004 Week 5 - Karl Malone
    My son wanted to play with the Gary Payton bobblehead but the packaging makes it clear that they are not meant for young children. The packaging says 8+ in addition to "not for children under 8 years of age." I let my son play with it briefly but only under close supervision. The following week I purchased the Rick Fox bobblehead doll. The next week my brother picked up the Derek Fisher bobblehead doll for us. We keep them up on the stand out of my son's reach. The collection is impressive but it would be better if it included Shaq and Kobe.

    Karl Malone and the Laker 2003 to 2004 Season
    Even though Karl Malone spent much of his first Laker season injured, he is confident that he made the right choice in coming to Los Angeles. The March 29 2004 edition of Sports Illustrated talks about Karl and his situation with the Lakers, "After missing 40 games for the Lakers this season, he would probably have to play through 2005-06 to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career record of 38,367 points (Malone had 36,787 at week's end) but says he'll extend his career only if he's contending for a title with L.A., 'I'm not goint to play anyplace else just to break the record,' says Malone, 40. 'In Utah [the scoring record] was all I had to play for, but it's different here.'" It is refreshing to read Malone's comments. He is a team player who enjoys playing for the Lakers because he has a chance to win a championship. They say that everyone wants to play for the Lakers and it is easy to see why. They are one of the most respected organizations and they compete at a high level year in and year out.

    Background on Phil Jackson
    I think one of the reasons Phil Jackson is able to get along with big egos is because his dad was a pastor. The January 19, 2004 edition of Sports Illustrated discusses Phil's upbringing in the state of North Dakota. "As kids, though, our only dream was to win the state high school basketball tournament. There were just 20 Class A (big school) teams in North Dakota, and 10 of those were within 150 miles of each other in the eastern part of the state, where most of the population is. We were in the western conference, which stretched for nearly 300 mostly empty miles." [38] Phil goes on to discuss how dangerous driving can be in North Dakot in the winter. He wraps the article up by talking about the allure of the state. "We were driving home late one night after a game in Rugby, N, Dak., when suddenly the sky was lit with a blue- green light. It was a spectacular aurrora borealis. We had to stop and get out of the car and allow ourselves to be absorbed into that big sky, which dominated our world day and night. Lying back on the warm hood, looking up at the throbbing northern lights, I understood the allure of this land of sky and wind. Those who have grown up in North Dakota, from Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota, to Roger Maris, the successor to the Babe, have been nurtured by the land - a land that is hard but giving, just like its people." [38] There is a footnote under the article noting that Phil Jackson helped lead Williston High to the 1963 state championship before playing at North Dakota and in the NBA.

    Distributing the 2004 Lakers Playoff Tickets
    We divided up our Lakers playoff tickets on April 14, 2004 at Stick N Stein
    on Sepulveda in El Segundo.
    We started the Lakers night by going to Tyson's house after work.
    Tyson put on his Lakers gear and we had a drink
    before heading to Stick N Stein.
    We met our Lakers buddys as soo as we arrived.
    It was a nice dinner. Everybody showed up including
    myself, Joel, Tony, Matt, Perry and Drew.
    Even though Tyson wasn't in our ticket distribution
    he enjoyed hanging out with everybody.
    Perry and I won a game of pool while the Lakers game was on.
    The agreement was that the losers would buy the winners a drink.
    The tickets got distributed nicely, I was letter H.
    My picks were D2,C2 and A4.
    Tyson and Matt bought us J. Walker on the rocks.
    The funny thing was that Matt paid Tyson cash and Tyson
    thought he took care of things with his credit card.
    However, as we headed out with the Lakers game still on,
    the waiter told us there was an issue.
    We called Tyson and he said to just pay the bill(he didn't remember if he paid it).
    The Lakers game was in the fourth quarter when I left.
    When I get home, I turn the tv on with the Lakers up 89 to 87 in overtime.
    Medvedenko hits a deuce to give the Lakers a 4 point lead.
    91 to 87 is the score with 3:24 left in the ot session with the Lakers leading.
    83 to 89 Warriors over the Kins at the same time.
    Randolph scores for Portland.
    Shaq scores for the Lakers.
    Randolph scores for Portland.
    Shaq kicks it outside but gets fouled.
    Ruben Patterson goes out for Darius Miles.
    Payton misses a 3.
    Stoudamire hits a long 2 to tie the game.
    Fisher misses a 3.
    Randolph hits a deuce to give Portland a 2 point lead over the Lakers.
    Kobe dishes to Shaq who dunks and gets fouled.
    30 seconds to go and Shaq gets a free throw which rims in and out.
    They note that Shaq is 1 of 8 from the line tonight.
    Randolph gets his shot blocked and the ball goes out of bounds with 1 second on the shot clock.
    There is a timeout with 6.6 seconds in the game.
    The officials talk to the coaches and point to the clocks.
    Shaq fouls Ratliff on the inbounds pass.
    The Lakers had a foul to give and the announcers aruge that it wasn't a shot.
    Because of the fould Portland gets the full 6.6 seconds(shotclock reset).

    The Lakers controlled the tip in double ot.
    Fisher missed the first shot for the Lakers.
    The announcers remind us that Karl Malone suffered a sprain earlier in the game.
    D Fisher just about rolled his ankle on a shot after a steal.
    D Fisher hits the first free throw for the Lakers.
    D Fisher hits the 2nd free throw for the Lakers.
    Randolph misses as the 24 expires.
    Payton passes to Fisher.
    Kobe attacks and is rejected.
    Fisher steals the ball then loses it.
    Shaq commits his final foul by tripping Stoudamire.
    Randolph scores over Medvadenko.
    Kobe misses.
    Anderson is blocked by Fisher/Payton.
    Randolph misses, Ratliff interferes.
    Final:Sac 91 Golden State 97
    Lakers are playing for 2nd spot versus 4th spot.
    Kobe hits an open 3.
    Stoudamire hits a 3.
    we're tied at 100.
    Kobe feeds Cook for a nice dunk, "setting the table" for the Lakers per stu.
    Cook gets the board for the Lakers but falls out of bounds.
    Stu likes the effort by the Lakers but notes that Cook was way out of bounds.
    The Lakers could win the Pacific Division tonight.
    Stoudamire hits a shot after a nice screen.
    20 seconds left, tied at 102.
    Kobe misses badly.
    Stoudamire takes the board and makes a layup with 2.2 seconds remaining.
    Stu notes the defensive breakdown.
    A timeout is taken.
    Fisher is fouled but they rule that there was no shot, it was a pushing foul.
    The ball comes in to Kobe Bryant who hits a miracle 3 to win the game.
    "What an unbelievable way to finish the season" is what Paul says.


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