Los Angeles Lakers: The 2000-2002, 2009 and 2010 NBA Champions!

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JUMP TO: June 21, 2010 | June 17, 2009 | June 14, 2000 | June 19, 2000 | June 21, 2000


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Me getting an autograph by former Laker Orlando Woolridge (1999)Me getting an autograph by former Laker Orlando Woolridge (1999)
Me at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the first time (2000)Me at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the first time (2000)
Me inside STAPLES Center (this was when Game 6 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals was being televised live from Portland)Me inside STAPLES Center (this was when Game 6 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals was being televised live from Portland)
At STAPLES Center two days after the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship (against the Orlando Magic)At STAPLES Center two days after the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship (against the Orlando Magic)
It's been 7 years since the Lakers last emerged victorious in the NBA Finals...(against the New Jersey Nets in 2002)It's been 7 years since the Lakers last emerged victorious in the NBA Finals...(against the New Jersey Nets in 2002)
At STAPLES Center two days after the Lakers won the 2010 NBA Championship (against the Boston Celtics)At STAPLES Center two days after the Lakers won the 2010 NBA Championship (against the Boston Celtics)
Posing in front of a statue of Magic JohnsonPosing in front of a statue of Magic Johnson
Posing next to the statue of late Lakers broadcaster Chick HearnPosing next to the statue of late Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn


VICTORY PARADE: June 21, 2010:

Fans gather outside USC's Galen Center to watch the Lakers' victory paradeFans gather outside USC's Galen Center to watch the Lakers' victory parade
Waiting for the parade to startWaiting for the parade to start
Daaamn straight...Daaamn straight...
More than 65,000 people would show up in downtown Los Angeles to watch the parade...More than 65,000 people would show up in downtown Los Angeles to watch the parade...
The NBA champions are about to drive byThe NBA champions are about to drive by
The Laaaker GirlsThe Laaaker Girls
Derek Fisher shows off the NBA trophyDerek Fisher shows off the NBA trophy
Ron Artest lights up a stogie...in case you couldn't tellRon Artest lights up a stogie...in case you couldn't tell
Pau Gasol and his girlfriend (to his left)Pau Gasol and his girlfriend (to his left)
Former Laker A.C. Green waves to the crowdFormer Laker A.C. Green waves to the crowd
Magic Johnson waves to the crowdMagic Johnson waves to the crowd
The convoy drives away...marking the end of the parade and the Lakers' 2009-'10 championship seasonThe convoy drives away...marking the end of the parade and the Lakers' 2009-'10 championship season


VICTORY RALLY: June 17, 2009:

Fans wait to enter the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to attend the Lakers' victory rallyFans wait to enter the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to attend the Lakers' victory rally
While waiting to enter the Coliseum, fans are visited by Pau Gasol's long-lost brother.  HahaWhile waiting to enter the Coliseum, fans are visited by Pau Gasol's long-lost brother. Haha
Finally inside the Coliseum...Finally inside the Coliseum...
Waiting for the celebration to begin...Waiting for the celebration to begin...
The 2009 NBA Champions enter the arenaThe 2009 NBA Champions enter the arena
The NBA Champs and their trophyThe NBA Champs and their trophy
Kobe Bryant, the 2009 NBA Finals MVP, basks in his gloryKobe Bryant, the 2009 NBA Finals MVP, basks in his glory
The Finals MVP addresses the crowdThe Finals MVP addresses the crowd
Confetti and streamers mark the end of the rally, and the Lakers' 2008-'09 championship seasonConfetti and streamers mark the end of the rally, and the Lakers' 2008-'09 championship season


2000 NBA Finals: June 14, 2000:

The Laker GirlsThe Laker Girls head back to their locker room (this was when Game 4 was being televised live from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana)
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is interviewed after he turned up his performance in overtime of Game 4 (Lakers won, 120-118)


NBA Finals: June 19, 2000:

Game 6 of the 2000 NBA FinalsSTAPLES Center before Game 6 of the 2000 NBA Finals
The crowd gathers for Game 6A large crowd gathers in front of the arena's exterior Jumbotron to watch the game
Michelle KwanFigure skater Michelle Kwan, who is inside the arena watching the game, is shown on the Jumbotron
Me holding the actual trophy...yea rightMe holding a makeshift championship trophy (Ignore the fact I'm wearing a Yankees jersey...I had to wear something yellow that day, ya know?)
A disgruntled Lakers fanA "disgruntled" Lakers fan
More trophiesMy friend Walter (left, in the white T-shirt) and another guy displaying their homemade trophies
I want that ringA fan holding a cool-looking championship ring that he made (Too big for my finger, but I'd still take it )
Game 6 beginsThe crowd cheers as the Lakers' starting lineup is announced on the Jumbotron
Shaq wins the Big OneShaquille O'Neal hugs a teammate after the Lakers beat the Pacers, 116-111, to win the NBA title
The Lakers' Big TwoBryant and O'Neal congratulate each other on the championship victory
Jerry Buss receives the trophyLaker owner Jerry Buss holds up the NBA championship trophy


VICTORY RALLY: June 21, 2000:

The red bus approachesThe red double-decker bus carrying the NBA Champions arrives at Staples Center
Stu Lantz and Chick HearnChick Hearn and his fellow Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz begin the rally
LAKERSA skymessage that's about to fade away
Glen Rice makes a speechLaker forward Glen Rice gives a speech
The Zen Master gives a speechCoach Phil Jackson gives a speech he hasn't made since his days in Chicago
Where's the Skipper?Gilligan--er--Kobe Bryant addresses the crowd
The Big AristotleCAAANNN YOU DIG IT??? Shaq is the last one to give a few words to the crowd
Confetti marks the end of the rally, and the Lakers' 1999-2000 championship seasonConfetti marks the end of the victory parade and the "Lake Show's" 1999-2000 championship season





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