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Lakers oust Magic in game 5 to win NBA championship

June 15, 2009

The Lakers took care of business in game 5 when they defeated the Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Orlando.  After losing to the Boston Celtics in last year’s finals, Kobe Bryant ensured that his team would not fall to the same fate this year.  He took down finals MVP honors, which was well deserved.  However, if not for clutch performances from Derek Fisher, and Trevor Ariza, this series would still be going on.  Kobe had his share of mishaps this series, and was to blame for the sole loss in game 3.  Regardless, he solidified that he could win without Shaq, and has also proven that he is still the best player in the NBA.  The Michael Jordan comparisons will continue to heat up, and it will be very interesting to see if the Lakers could resign Trevor Ariza and make a run at a repeat next year.   Congratulations to Phil Jackson for becoming the first coach in NBA history with 10 championships.  He won 6 with the Bulls, and now has won 4 with the Lakers.  The “Zenmaster” is great at managing egos, and his biggest strength is his ability to let his players manage themselves.  He isn’t controlling, rather he observes, and reinforces the basics if deemed necessary.  I have heard many people tell me that Phil Jackson is overrated as a coach because he has coached MJ, Shaq, and Kobe.  The toughest thing in coaching is when you have to coach the best player in the league.  Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are coaches in their own rights, and Phil Jackson has a knack for stepping aside and letting his star players set the tempo and lead their team.  Kobe has had his issues with Jackson in the past, and vice versa, but I can guarantee you that there is an immense respect for each other.  Jackson has one year left on his contract, and Laker nation will be anxiously awaiting his future coaching career.  He is 63 years old, and obviously has nothing left to prove.  In the same token, the Lakers have a great thing going right now.  They are a very young team, and Kobe Bryant has at least three to four great seasons left in him.

Congratulations to the 2009 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers


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