Led by Kobe Bryant, the Black Mamba, and Phil Jackson, the Zen Master, the Los Angeles Lakers have carried on a tradition of excellence that very few professional sports franchises have been able to match.
The Lakers have 15 players and four head coaches in the Hall of Fame. Their all-time team is unrivaled by any other NBA franchise.
They have the highest winning percentage, and the most NBA Finals appearances in league history.
The only thing standing between them and being the undisputed greatest franchise in NBA history is one ring. They are one ring, one NBA championship away from tying their bitter rival, the Boston Celtics, for the most NBA titles.
This 2010 squad could be the one to put the city of Los Angeles on top of the basketball universe for good.
As a team that is vying for a three-peat, this year's squad is even more talented than its previous two championship rosters.
Three NBA All-Stars joined forces in Miami in order to dethrone the Lakers. The Celtics added big name veterans to have one more shot in June. It would be disrespectful to forget the young Orlando Magic.
Though all three threats play in a far inferior conference, none has been able to get off to a hotter start than the Lakers.
From top to bottom, no team can match the Lakers talent.
Here is the Los Angeles Lakers Ultimate Highlight, the best highlight video on the Internet for each individual player: