The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off an impressive run in the NBA playoffs in which LeBron James and company were able to defy the odds and reach the Western Conference Finals to face the Denver Nuggets.
Although they fell short in the Western Conference Finals with the Nuggets achieving the sweep in four games, the 2022-23 campaign has been a success for the Lakers and something the team can develop to go from the front.
Ironically, 23 years ago was the start of an incredible run and partnership between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, with the dynamic duo achieving an incredible comeback in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. against Scottie Pippen’s Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers looked upside down against the Blazers in the series finale, with the Blazers up 16 going into the fourth quarter, but that didn’t stop Los Angeles from pulling off the upset with an alley-oop between Bryant and O’Neal, putting the nail in the coffin via NBA on ESPN.
23 YEARS AGO 🤩
Kobe and Shaq’s signature alley-oop. pic.twitter.com/sMIxgEF9bW
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 4, 2023
Here are some fan reactions to this iconic Lakers moment:
“Bryant…TO THE SHAQ!” »
Gives me chills every time
– 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧’ 𝐍𝐁𝐀 (@_Talkin_NBA) June 4, 2023
The best duo to ever play together
— PlaybyPlayBark (@playbyplaybark) June 4, 2023
I wish they would stay together man
Imagine the dominance in the rest of the 2000s
— Three and G 🏀 (@ThreeandG) June 4, 2023
This dunk rightly gets the heavy credit, but that cross Kobe put on Pippen 🤌🏽
— Hotep Ivory Coast (@GreenKing1300) June 4, 2023
That alley-oop became one of the most iconic moments in franchise history, which is saying a lot considering all the special moments from superstars like Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. over the years.
Even though the Pippen-led Blazers were a legitimate title contender with one of the most talented teams in the league, Portland never recovered from that streak, as the Lakers dominated the competition, winning three consecutive titles with O’Neal and Bryant in the lead. .
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