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The Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers of the early 2000s are on this list above Duncan’s Spurs for primarily one reason. Anyone realize that the Spurs did not win a title from 2000 to 2002?
The reason was this Lakers team, which won it all for those three straight years. The Spurs had trouble with them, until a tough victory in 2003 en route to a Spurs title that season, but the Lakers beat the Spurs en route to another Western Conference title in 2004 before falling to the Pistons in the NBA Finals.
Shaq was just too much for Duncan and his Spurs, and Bryant made it even worse.