The simulations were done by Imagine Sports, a Silicon Valley-based Internet company developing multiplayer online sports simulation games, including Total Hoops, an online basketball game where users are the general managers of their own pro basketball franchises and can draft or sign players from throughout the history of basketball, and Diamond Mind Online, an online baseball management game licensed and promoted by MLB Advanced Media.
And now, the semifinals. Each series is best-of-seven, with the better seeded team receiving home court advantage:
Top-seeded 1971-72 Lakers vs. fifth-seeded 2000-01 Lakers
The matchup: Can the Wilt-West Lakers continue their dominant run through the tournament? Or, will Kobe- Shaq make to possible for it to be a all Shaq-Kobe Lakers finals.
Game 1: at 1971-72 Lakers 112, 2000-01 Lakers 99. High scorer: Gail Goodrich, 41
Game 2: at 1971-72 Lakers 123, 2000-01 Lakers 104. High scorer: Goodrich, 33
Game 3: at 2000-01 Lakers 104, 1971-72 Lakers 85. High scorer: Shaquille O'Neal, 33
Game 4: 1971-72 Lakers 123, at 2000-01 Lakers 121. High scorer: O'Neal, 44
Game 5: at 2000-01 Lakers 111, 1971-72 Lakers 99. High scorer: Kobe Bryant, 37
Game 6: at 1971-72 Lakers 135, 2000-01 Lakers 107. High scorer: Goodrich, 39
1971-72 Lakers win series, 4-2.
The recap: The 2000-01 Lakers were able to slow down West and Chamberlain, but that left Goodrich, who'd like to remind everyone that he is a Hall of Famer too, open.
Series MVP: Goodrich (31.3 points per game). Note: Chamberlain averaged 18.7 rebounds per game and Jerry West averaged 10.5 assists.
Second-seeded 1986-87 Lakers vs. third-seeded 1999-2000 Lakers
The matchup: Showtime vs. Shaq-Kobe to decide which era was best between the two.
Game 1: at 1986-87 Lakers 114, 1999-2000 Lakers 107. High scorer: James Worthy, 31