The "Shaquille O'Neal-Kobe Bryant Era" began for the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996, not long after Magic Johnson retired (for the second time), and ended in 2004, when the team was dismantled following their defeat to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
During that eight-year time frame, the Lakers won three consecutive championships from 2000-2002 led by Shaq and Kobe. However, those two superstars didn't win the titles all by themselves, as a slew of role players did their part to help.
This slideshow will feature ten of those role players. You know the names: Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, etc. In order to make the list, though, the player had to have won at least one title with the Lakers and averaged at least 20 minutes per game during a regular season.
Well, let's begin.
A former Dallas Mavericks lottery pick in 1996, Walker signed as a free agent with the Lakers in 2001.
He replaced Horace Grant as the team's starting power forward and averaged 6.7 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high 1.3 blocks per game in his debut season with the Lakers.
Walker played two seasons with the team, winning a title in 2002.
He left the Lakers in '03 and made stops in Miami, Washington, and Indiana.
Green was selected by the Lakers with the 23rd overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. He spent his first eight seasons with the team, mostly as the starting power forward.
He teamed with legends Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy to lead the "Showtime" Lakers to two championships in the '80s.
Green later made stops in Phoenix and Dallas before being traded back to the Lakers in 1999 for Sean Rooks and a future draft pick.
In 1999-00, he started in all 82 regular season games for the Lakers alongside Shaquille O'Neal and helped his new teammates win the title that year, which was the third of his career.
Green signed with the Miami Heat the following year.
Grant was a key member of the Chicago Bulls' first "three-peat" in the early '90s as he teamed with future Hall-of-Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Following stints with the Orlando Magic and Seattle SuperSonics, the one-time All-Star was shipped to the Lakers in a huge three-team deal which sent Patrick Ewing to Seattle and Glen Rice to the New York Knicks.
Grant reunited with Jackson in L.A. and helped the Lakers win the 2001 title as the team's starting power forward.
He retired following that season, but later returned to the team in 2003 to backup Karl Malone before hanging 'em up for good.
Rice was acquired by the Lakers during the 1998-99 season in a trade that sent Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell to the Charlotte (now New Orleans) Hornets
Before his arrival in Los Angeles, Rice was always a "go-to" scorer in Miami and Charlotte, but as a Laker, he became more or role player who took the backseat to Shaq and Kobe.
He won his first and only title of his career with the Lakers in 2000 as the team's starting small forward and third-leading scorer.
Rice was traded during the 2000 offseason.
George, the former Augsburg College star, was selected by the Lakers with the 23rd overall pick in the '99 draft.
He played seven seasons in L.A. and helped the team win three titles as a solid player off the bench.
He was known for his outside shooting and defense.
George signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 and is a currently a member of the Golden State Warriors.
After helping the Chicago Bulls win three championships, Harper joined the Lakers in 1999 as he reunited with former Bulls coach Phil Jackson. He instantly became Kobe Bryant's starting backcourt mate.
Harper won two more rings with the Lakers in 2000 and 2001 versus the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers respectively.
He was know mostly as a scorer during the first part of his career, averaging at least 18 points per game several times, but much like his role with the Bulls, he served as defensive specialist with the Lakers.
Harper retired in 2001 and went on to become an assistant coach.
Shaw played for six different teams—the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Portland Trail Blazers—before inking a deal with the Lakers in 1999.
He played four seasons in L.A. backing up both guard spots and won three titles with the team.
Shaw retired in 2003 and eventually won a another title in 2009 as a Lakers assistant coach, a position he still holds today.
Fox spent the first six seasons of his career with the Lakers' main rival, the Boston Celtics.
The former North Carolina forward then signed with the Lakers as a free agent in the summer of 1997. During his first season in L.A., he placed fourth on the team in scoring (12 ppg) behind Shaq, Eddie Jones, Kobe, and Nick Van Exel.
Although he was a starter in first year with the team, Fox was sent to the bench to backup Glen Rice the following two seasons. He was inserted back into the starting lineup in 2000-01 after Rice was traded, and remained there for the rest of his career.
Fox won three championships with the Lakers before being traded, along with Gary Payton, back to the Celtics in '04.
Currently the Lakers' starting point guard, Fisher is on his second stint with the team. His first go-round in L.A. came in '96 after he was chosen by the Lakers (24th overall) in that year's draft.
D-Fish emerged as a valuable three-point specialist off the bench and played a role in the Lakers "three-peat."
He as full-time starter in 2002-03, but was demoted to the bench the following season after perennial All-Star Gary Payton was brought in to help the team capture another title.
Fisher signed with Golden State in 2004 and later returned to the Los Angeles, where he picked up another ring in 2009.
Horry was picked up by the Lakers in a trade involving All-Star forward Cedric Ceballos in 1997.
After accumulating two rings with the Hakeem Olajuwon-led Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995, Horry later won three more championships as a member of the Lakers.
He spent six 1/2 seasons in Los Angeles primarily as the team's top reserve.
He earned the nickname "Big Shot Rob" because of his numerous clutch shots, especially in the playoffs.
Perhaps his most memorable shot came during the 2002 Western Conference Finals vs the Sacramento Kings when he thrilled the game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game Four.
In 2003, Horry signed as a free agent with San Antonio, where he won two more titles in '05 and '07.