NBA champ Lakers arrive at LAX
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NBA champ Lakers arrive at LAX
The Lakers’ chartered plane receives a firefighters’ welcome at LAX on Monday, the morning after the team beat the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to clinch the league championship. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Taxi
A ground-crew worker uses Lakers flags to guide the team’s chartered jet to a stop upon its arrival at LAX. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Trophies
Lakers star Kobe Bryant, center, carries the trophy he earned as most valuable player in the NBA Finals as teammate Derek Fisher hauls the league championship trophy at LAX. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Photo
Guard Derek Fisher, whose clutch shooting propelled the Lakers to a key win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, poses with the championship trophy at the Imperial Terminal at LAX. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe
Kobe Bryant drives away with his MVP trophy at the Imperial Terminal at LAX. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Trophy
A beaming Derek Fisher, still accompanied by the Larry O’Brien trophy -- bestowed on the NBA’s top team -- is ready to hit the road after returning from Orlando, Fla., to LAX. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and teammates Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza begin to celebrate their NBA championship after defeating the Orlando Magic, 99-86, on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant trophies
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up the Larry O’Brien Trophy for winning the NBA championship and the Bill Russell Trophy as MVP of the NBA Finals on Sunday after defeating the Orlando Magic, 99-86, in Game 5. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant four fingers
Kobe Bryant holds up four fingers to represent the number of NBA titles he’s won with the Lakers.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers around trophy
Andrew Bynum polishes the NBA championship trophy as Trevor Ariza and teammates gather around to check it out on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe and family
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa share a laugh as their daughters join the team for the postgame celebration Sunday in Orlando.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Trophy reflection
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is reflected in the Larry O’Brien Trophy that is in the grasp of forward Trevor Ariza during postgame festivities in Orlando on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant
Lakers guards Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant celebrate their fourth NBA championship together on Sunday in Orlando.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol trophy
Lakers power forward Pau Gasol holds the NBA championship trophy while being interviewed in the locker room after Game 5 in Orlando on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Luke Walton trophy
Forward Luke Walton gives the Larry O’Brien Trophy a kiss in the locker room after the Lakers’ Game 5 victory in Orlando on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant begins to celebrate with forwards Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza after winning Game 5 and the NBA championship Sunday in Orlando.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers bench
Lakers teammates on the bench celebrate the closing seconds of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Orlando on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant on court
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a look of satisfaction as the final seconds wind down in Game 5. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant
Lakers forward Lamar Odom wears a big grin as guards Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant share some words in the closing minute of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant
Lakers forward Pau Gasol and guard Kobe Bryant embrace at center court in the final moments of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Marcin Gortat
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who would finish with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists, makes a twisting maneuver past Orlando center Marcin Gortat in the fourth quarter Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol
Magic center Dwight Howard fouls Lakers power forward Pau Gasol on his drive to the basket in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Rashard Lewis
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Orlando forward Rashard Lewis battle for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis
Lakers forward Trevor Ariza, who had 12 first-half points, drives to the basket against Orlando forward Rashard Lewis in the first half Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant hanging shot
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shows Magic center Dwight Howard the ball before pulling it away and hitting an off-balance bank shot in Game 5 on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis
Magic forward Rashard Lewis looks for some help as he’s swarmed by the defense of Lakers Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Trevor Ariza in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to gain his balance after making a steal from Orlando center Dwight Howard in the first half Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lamar Odom reverse
Lakers forward Lamar Odom flips the ball toward the basket while making a reverse layup in the second quarter of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Trevor Ariza three-pointer
Lakers forward Trevor Ariza, who sparked a 16-0 run in the second quarter with seven points, celebrates after making a three-pointer in the first half of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant floats a shot over the reach of Magic center Dwight Howard for a basket in the first quarter of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol, Rashard Lewis
Lakers power forward Pau Gasol blocks the shot of Orlando power forward Rashard Lewis in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Trevor Ariza, Hedo Turkoglu
Lakers forward Trevor Ariza and Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu get up close and personal as Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy begins to separate the two players, who each received a technical foul, in Game 5 on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Trevor Ariza, Patrick Ewing
Lakers forward Trevor Ariza and Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing exchange some words in Game 5 after Ariza and Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu were given technical fouls for an earlier confrontation.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum
Lakers center Andrew Bynum takes a swipe at the ball as Orlando center Dwight Howard powers his way to the basket in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Rashard Lewis
Magic forward Rashard Lewis hits the arm of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on a driving layup in Game 5 on Sunday but no foul was called on the play.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Derek Fisher, Stan Van Gundy
Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy reacts to Lakers point guard Derek Fisher’s three-pointer in Game 5 on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Mickael Pietrus, Courtney Lee
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is forced to make a pass as Magic guards Mickael Pietrus and Courtney Lee double team him in the first quarter of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Trevor Ariza tripped
Lakers forward Trevor Ariza is tripped by Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu after making a steal in the first half of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson talks to assistant coach Brian Shaw during a timeout in Game 5 on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Courtney Lee
Lakers power forward Pau Gasol looks to pass as he gets down the lane against the defense of Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Courtney Lee in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Hedo Turkoglu, Stan Van Gundy
Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy has a few words for forward Hedo Turkoglu during a timeout in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson listens as guards Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant have a discussion during a timeout in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant, Mickael Pietrus
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant prepares to try to block a shot by Magic guard Mickael Pietrus in the first half of Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Courtney Lee free throw
A Lakers fan tries to distract Magic guard Courtney Lee as he’s shooting a free throw in Game 5 on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers sideline
Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher step between Coach Phil Jackson and forward Lamar Odom during a heated timeout in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Derek Fisher, Rashard Lewis
Lakers point guard Derek Fisher goes flying past Magic forward Rashard Lewis, who sets up for a three-pointer in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant layup
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant splits the heart of the Magic defense for a driving layup in Game 5 on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
National anthem
Lakers players stand at attention during the national anthem before Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Orlando on Sunday.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Fan with trophy
Jonathan Bondoc, 25, of Tampa hoists a homemade replica of the NBA championship trophy before Game 5 on Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant national anthem
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant listens to the national anthem before Game 5 in Orlando on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe namesake
Kobe Grandstaff, 7, lets the Lakers’ star guard know what’s up before Game 5 on Sunday in Orlando. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Phil Jackson pregame
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson listens to the national anthem during pregame ceremonies Sunday in Orlando.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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