L.A. Lakers: The Top 10 Reasons To Already Call Them a Dynasty

Lake CruiseAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2011

L.A. Lakers: The Top 10 Reasons To Already Call Them a Dynasty

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27:  NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) and Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss address the crowd before presenting the Los Angeles Lakers with the 2009 NBA Championship rings before the s
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    If there's any talk about the Lakers being an NBA dynasty, then I've missed it.  Ask me if I believe the Lakers are an NBA Dynasty, and I'll answer—with a drum roll—heck yes.

    Roll with me from Sunset Boulevard to San Bernardino, Westwood to Watts and back across the Santa Monica Freeway in the Basketball City of Dynasties. 

    To you, I present my top 10 reasons why the Lakers could already be considered a dynasty.

10. The Chance for a Second Three-Peat Transcends 2 Decades

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    EL SEGUNDO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Kobe Bryant #24  of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he holds two NBA Finals Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy's as he poses for a photograph with teammates Pau Gasol #16 and Derek Fisher #2 during Media Day at the Toyota C
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    Only one franchise has won more than three NBA championships in a row: the Boston Celtics.

    The San Antonio Spurs have won a total of four championships in their history—all since 1999.

    The Lakers won five in the 2000s.  Reminds me of the 1980s. 

9. Healthy Andrew Bynum and Shannon Brown Could Carry the Franchise

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Pau Gasol #16, Derek Fisher #2 and Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers leave the court for a timeout trailing the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on February 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    Andrew Bynum and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have spent so much time on the court together, they could have been rims. 

    Bynum learned and developed well.

    Other developed Lakers include Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.

8. The Lakers Front Office Is Made of Ex-Purple and Gold People

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West presents the Western Conference Championship trophy to General Manager Mitch Kupchak of the Los Angeles Lakers after they defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference
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    How would you like to hear it from the NBA logo?  You wouldn't?  I didn't think so.  When you hear it from him and his protege, you better start balling.

    Right fellas?

    Jerry West brought Kobe and Derek Fisher in, and Mitch Kupchak helped bring Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol in for Shaq and a bag of chips—with dips.

7. The Great Jeanie Buss: Enough Said

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    SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 14:  Los Angeles Lakers executive Jeanie Buss attends the 2nd Annual Las Vegas Casino Night Celebrity Poker Challenge on April 14, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. The event Benefits the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. (Phot
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    While rocking "skinny jeans," and chomping on chewing gum, rookie owner Dr. Jerry Buss was presented the NBA championship trophy in 1980 by Larry O'Brien.

    Three decades later, Buss' highly educated daughter is hands down one of the best executives in the world.

    She'll ensure the Lakers are a competitive team for years and years to come.

6. Kobe Bryant: He's Only Missed the Playoffs Once While with the Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his 2009-2010 Championship Ring after the Lakers were given the rings during a ceremony prior to their opening night game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Octo
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    Speaking of competitive teams, the Lakers have only missed the playoffs five times in franchise history. 

    After joining the NBA in 1948, the first time was in the 1957-1958 season.

    Lightning struck again from 1974-1976 and after the 1993-94 season.

    The only time Kobe sat out the championship hunt was the 2004-05 season—the year Rudy Tomjanovich retired due to health reasons.

5. Three-Time Defending Western Conference Champions (2008-2010): L.A. Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  A fan holds up an MVP sign as Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is awarded the MVP trophy during the Lakers' win over the Utah Jazz in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 7,
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    The Lakers have won the Western Conference Championship three years in a row.  Only three teams have won it since 2000. 

    The Lakers won it seven times in that span, the Spurs three and the Mavericks once.

    Kobe was the NBA MVP in 2008—the first WCC-winning year in the current streak.

4. L.A. Sits on the Western Conference Throne Since 1999-2000

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  The Los Angeles Lakers hold up at the Western Conference Championship trophy after they defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center
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    Winners of seven out of the last 10 Western Conference championships, they've knocked off the Spurs, Nuggets and Suns along the way.

    Who will be the lucky opponent this year?

    Maybe the Nuggets, Mavs or Spurs.

3. The Lakers Have Appeared in the Last 3 NBA Finals

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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  (L-R) Andrew Bynum #17, Derek Fisher #2, Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers huddle in the first half against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando,
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    Their record is 2-1 in the last three NBA title rounds.  The Orlando Magic—who handed a tired Lakers team a sound defeat on Sunday—were one of the victims. 

    The latest back-to-back is the fourth time in Lakers history they've won two or more championships in a row.

2. Two-Time Defending NBA Champions

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  NBA Commissioner David Stern prepares to present the Larry O'Brien trophy to the Los Angeles Lakers after their 83-79 victory against the Boston Celtics by holding up five fingers in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples
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    The Los Angeles/Minneapolis Lakers have won 17 professional basketball championships, 16 in the NBA and one in the NBL in 1948. The Lakers' 16 NBA championships are second to only Boston's 17 titles, and their 31 NBA Finals appearances are the most all time.

1. Phil Jackson Is His Own NBA Dynasty

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (C) greets Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson (R) while helping children volunteers fill care packages during a NBA Cares service event at the Boys and Girls Club at THEARC   Dec
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    Jackson's entire run through the NBA as a head coach could be considered a dynasty. 

    Name another coach who has three-peated on two—possibly three—different occasions.  Here’s a hint: He’s the only one.

    He had the chance to win four in a row, but lost to San Antonio in the 2003 Western Conference Finals. The Lakers lost to Detroit in the 2004 NBA Finals, and Jackson then sat out the 2004-05 season, but he’s been the Lakers rock since. 

    Time to rock-n-roll and boogie out of here. 

    Until next time, goodbye.  Hope you enjoyed the show.