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Party like it’s 2-0-0-9? Lakers similarities to then and now

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy while celebrating his fourth championship in 2009.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy while celebrating his fourth championship with the team following a win over the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

There are some interesting comparisons between the Lakers’ 2009 NBA championship team and their 2020 team, which is a win away from the title:

2009

—Beat Houston in the second round.

—Beat Denver in the conference finals.

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—Won the title against a team from Florida (Orlando Magic) in Orlando in five games.

—Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ best player, won his fourth NBA championship.

LeBron James’ two seasons with the Lakers have taught him one lesson about the fans’ respect: it’s earned with titles and not past achievements.

2020

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—Beat Houston in the second round.

—Beat Denver in the conference finals.

—Could win the title against a Florida team (Miami Heat) in Orlando, Fla. (thanks to the NBA bubble) in five games.

—The Lakers’ best player, LeBron James, could win his fourth NBA championship.

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NOTE: Dwight Howard played in both series, 2009 for Orlando, 2020 for the Lakers.


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