2001-2002: Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and O’Neal
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NBA Champs

2001-2002: Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and O’Neal
Kobe Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and Shaquille O’Neal posed with NBA hardware after clinching the 2001-2002 title in New Jersey. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
2000-2001: Rick Fox and Derek Fisher
Rick Fox, left, and Derek Fisher enjoyed themselves at the celebration at Staples Center following their second consecutive title in 2000-2001. (Los Angeles Times)
1999-2000: Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had a moment to relax after winning their first title together in the 1999-2000 season. (Los Angeles Times)
Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson has been Laker coach for three seasons and the results have been spectacular. Having Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, celebrating title in 2000, hasn’t hurt. (LORI SHEPLER / LAT)
Jerry West
After losing seven times in the NBA Finals, including four series that went to a seventh game, Jerry West found redemption against the New York Knicks. (Los Angeles Times)
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pat Riley
Showtime captured the imagination of a city and five NBA championships in nine seasons. Coach Pat Riley, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the driving forces for those teams, celebrate another title. (Los Angeles Times)
George Mikan
Long before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, another Laker center, George Mikan, used a hook shot to win numerous championships. (AP)
Robert Horry
Robert Horry had two fingers up, but his game-winning shot against Portland was a three-pointer. (WALLY SKALIJ / LAT)
Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal found little resistance from the Nets’ centers, including Aaron Williams. O’Neal averaged 36.3 points in four games. (ROBERT GAUTHIER / LAT)
Robert Horry, Derek Fisher and Jason Kidd
Robert Horry, left, and Derek Fisher were tough on Jason Kidd. (ROBERT GAUTHIER / LAT)
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant’s basket over David Robinson was the difference in Game 4 and set the stage for the conference finals. (GINA FERAZZI / LAT)
Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal drew a three-game suspension after throwing a punch at Brad Miller of the Chicago Bulls during a game in January. (LORI SHEPLER / LAT)
Chick Hern
Chick Hearn acknowledged the Laker crowd on his return after heart and hip-replacement surgeries. (Los Angeles Times)
Phil Jackson
Laker Coach Phil Jackson had his team’s attention during Game 2 of the NBA Finals with New Jersey. (LORI SHEPLER / LAT)
Shaquille O’Neal
Injuries forced Shaquille O’Neal to spend part of the season in street clothes, but he and Kobe Bryant gave Laker fans plenty to smile about with a third consecutive title. (LORI SHEPLER / LAT)
Ron Harper
Ron Harper’s late shot from the baseline quieted the Portland crowd in Game 3 two years ago. (GINA FERAZZI / LAT)
Shaquille O’Neal was overjoyed after his dunk off an alley-oop in Game 7 against Portland in 2000. (LOS ANGELES TIMES)