Los Angeles Lakers started the millennium by winning three consecutive NBA championships (2000,2001,2002). The Lakers have been struggling in the past few seasons, especially after Kobe Bryant hung his boots. This season the Lakers are struggling with a win percentage under 42%. They should gain inspiration from the former Lakers who were used to winning championships and performing better in the regular season.
Here, we look at the Lakers of 2002. Under coach Phil Jackson, they finished second in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference with a regular season record of 58-24. They went on to win the playoffs by defeating Sacremento Kings in seven games and then beat New Jersey Nets in four successive games to record a three-peat for the first time since 1952-54. We are going to have a look at the top players who were part of the 2001-02 season and learn what they are up to these days: