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Bud Grant
The original Big Man
The original Big Man

A three-peat obviously is a big deal, but how about a double three-peat? As dominant as the Lakers have been in winning three consecutive NBA championships, they are only halfway toward matching the achievement of their ancestors from Minneapolis half a century ago. The Minneapolis Lakers, coached by John Kundla, won three titles in a row, fell short the next season, then won three more NBA titles. Six championships in seven years--two three-peats! Those early Lakers did their winning in three leagues, though, and, completing the unlikely picture, did it in the first seven years of their existence. The Lakers were founded in 1947 as a member of the National Basketball League, the...