7 movies about basketball that will be interesting not only sports fans
These incredible stories inspire and raise important topics.
There are a lot of troubles in the life of a teenager Scott Howard, but when a guy suddenly turns into a werewolf, there are even more problems. However, the hero quickly understands how to wrap his unusual properties to his advantage.
Former soldier Norman Dale, at the invitation of an old friend, arrives in a small provincial town to train his school basketball team. At first, his methods seem strange and ineffective to everyone, but suddenly the guys begin to win victory after victory.
White Men Can’t Jump
Basketball cheater Billy Hoyle successfully takes advantage of the fact that because of the color of his skin they do not see a worthy player and put money on his loss, but he always wins. This continues until the hero meets a worthy rival Sidney Dean, with whom they together begin to earn money by making sports bets.
Above the Rim
The ambitious young basketball player Kyle Lee Watson is faced with a difficult choice: to wait for a sports scholarship or buy easy money from the drug dealer Birdie, but in this way to connect himself with the underworld.
Student basketball has ceased to be an amateur sport, as universities lure promising graduates to themselves, promising them all kinds of material wealth. Because of this, the Los Angeles team “Dolphins” is constantly losing, because their honored coach Pete Bell flatly refuses to “buy” players. Only finally desperate, Pete decides to step over his principles in order to interest talented guys. As a result, a perfectly equipped team faces even more serious problems than before.
The Basketball Diaries
A promising and goal-oriented young man from a Catholic college plays basketball, composes poetry and keeps an open diary. But the circumstances are such that the hero imperceptibly turns into a drug addict.
Aliens invade Earth to abduct Looney Tunes characters. But Bugs Bunny, Duffy Duck, Porky Piglet and others do not give up and call usurpers for a basketball game. Since there are almost no chances to win, the cartoons invite the superstar Michael Jordan to help.
It gained popularity due to the fact that it had one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA. This dynasty was formed during the 1990s. Thanks to it, the team was able to win six championships in eight years. The Bulls also became famous for setting an NBA record of 72 games during the 1995-96 season. They are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games in the same season.
Throughout their stellar career, the team has been constantly involved in NBA propaganda and advertising around the world. It is also important to note the NBA Finals in 1998, when the Bulls won it, and it became the most popular and the most attended and watched championship in the history of NBA games. The names of the team's players are well known - Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen and their coach Phil Jackson.
In Chicago history, the Chicago Bulls are the third team to enter the NBA. The first was the Peckers-Zefirs, who currently represent the Washington Wizards, and the second was the Stegs. Today, the Bulls sometimes wear red and blue Stegs jerseys to the game. Starting playing in 1966, the team managed to show character and became the best debut team in NBA history.
Before playing their home games at Chicago Stadium, the team initially played at the International Amphitheater for two seasons. Over the following years, the team of coaches managed to create a fairly strong team that did not want to give in to anyone on the playing field. It was a tough team whose main play patterns were built around forwards Chet Walker and Bob Love, and defenseman Jerry Sloan. But then the team did not acquire great achievements, they were able to win only one division title and never made it to the Final. Only over time the team has grown and become a worthy member of the NBA.
1.Wall and sad moment
3.Crab and robot
The Bulls' 72 wins and 10 losses in a season is a record that seemed to last forever. Only 20 years later, last season, this achievement was surpassed by the Golden State Warriors. Having won 73 matches out of 82 in the regular season, the California club even received public congratulations from the President of the United States.
But Stephen Curry and his team forgot to do the main thing - to become champions after that. In the title battle with Cleveland and LeBron James, Golden State did what no one had done before - lost the final series, leading it 3-1.
The 1995/96 Chicago was the greatest team in NBA history. By the way, the Bulls starting five earned $14.7 million that season, less than Timofei Mozgov alone in the 2016-17 Lakers.
There is no need to explain who Michael Jordan is - anyone who has heard the word "basketball" at least once in their life knows this name. But he was not always the greatest player of all time, and the 1996 title was the turning point.
On June 23, 1993, three days after Chicago became the NBA champion for the third time in a row, Michael's father was killed. The killers were quickly found - they turned out to be two teenagers, but the true motives were never found out. Only many years later, an unofficial version surfaced: James Jordan gave his life for his son's gambling debts.
A couple of months after the tragedy, Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA - and suddenly left for baseball. But after two years of torment in the minor leagues, he nevertheless returned to what he knew how to do best in the world. Chicago won three more league titles (1996, 1997, 1998), and Michael finally became an icon. And the debate about whether it's time to give the title of the best player of all time to LeBron James remains a debate.
Only two players from the legendary Bulls lineup saw their name and number under the arches of the club's home arena. Jordan is by far the greatest, but he's been waiting seven years for his first championship with Chicago. The Bulls became a serious force only after Pippen played at their core. In any other team, he would have been the main superstar, but he accepted a supporting role and was always in the shadows - his greatness is also in this. Michael and Scotty have never been friends, but the two are the perfect ingredients for a championship cocktail.
After the end of his career, Scotty Pippen came to Russia several times and even managed to fall in love with the Russian bath.
Kukoc did not catch the first three Chicago championships, but in 1996 he became the first European star to win the NBA championship. It was he who paved the way for Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki and Timofey Mozgov.
In the 1994/95 season, the Croat was already an established player in the Bulls' starting five, but in the next championship he mostly left the bench. And that was the added strength of the NBA's greatest team: when the leaders usually went to rest, Chicago had Kukoch on the court. That year, he easily won the title of the NBA's best backup, and then helped the Bulls go all the way to the top.
You don't have to know basketball to remember Rodman from Men in Black. The hero of Will Smith learns that the center of the “Chicago” is an alien, and says the phrase: “And this one doesn’t even disguise himself!”
Rodman was part of the legendary Bad Boys, a gang that won two championships with Detroit in 1989 and 1990. Despite the appearance of a bully and a rebel, Dennis was also a talented basketball player. For seven years in a row, he became the best rebounder in the NBA - and this is with a height of 201 cm! As soon as he came to Chicago in 1995, the team immediately won three championships in a row. And Jordan isn't the only one to blame.
Of all the Bulls' legendary roster, Rodman stood out the most. Not only bright hairstyles and piercings, but also behavior. He owes his popularity to five championship rings, and an affair with Madonna, and an addiction to alcohol. The reputation remained with him after the end of his career. In recent years, Dennis has actively trolled the US authorities when he became friends with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
9.We got next
17.Joke about us
22.No matter what team
26.How many documentaries
31.Fans be like
33.Can’t unsee it
46.Go as expected
The Lakers, founded in 1947, are one of the most famous and successful NBA. As of the summer of 2012, the Lakers hold all records for wins (No. 125), win percentage (620), and NBA Finals (32). They are tied in NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, winning 17 NBA titles and making more Finals than their biggest rivals (15 vs. 4 in running up), effectively making them their most successful to date. Their team includes some of the game's greatest players, including George Yan, Jim Pollard, Clyde Lovellette, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gale Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamin Wilks, James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Shaquille Goodrich.
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in NBA history, having won 17 NBA championships as well as the most wins with the Boston Celtics in NBA history.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of the disbanded Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Originally a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they won five of their next six championships under star George Mikan. After financial difficulties in the late 1950s following Mikan's retirement, they moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1960–61 season.
1.Lakers fans and haters
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles reached the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s but lost every series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972 under new head coach Bill Sharman. After the departure of West and Chamberlain, the team switched to superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who won several MVP awards with the Lakers. Although the team failed to reach the finals in the late 1970s, two major changes occurred in 1979 that ushered in a new golden era for the franchise. First, Jerry Buss bought the Lakers and, as the owner of the team, pioneered the vision of basketball games as both entertainment and sporting events. Second, the Lakers selected Magic Johnson first overall in the 1979 NBA draft.
The combination of Johnson passing by the wunderkind and Abdul-Jabbar provided the Lakers with two superstars that cemented their roster. The addition of head coach Pat Riley in 1981 and James Worthy in the 1982 NBA draft established the Lakers as a powerhouse in the NBA during the 1980s. The team was nicknamed the "Showtime Lakers" due to the fast break, a transitional offense that Johnson contributed to. The team has won five championships in nine years, including some spectacular Finals appearances against archrivals, the Celtics.
After Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson and Worthy retired, the team struggled through the 1990s until they drafted Kobe Bryant and signed Shaquille O'Neal in 1996. The superstar duo, along with Hall of Famer coach Phil Jackson, led the Lakers to three straight wins. championships between 2000 and 2002, securing the franchise's second top three. After the team lost in the 2004 NBA Finals, the Shaq-and-Kobe era ended when the Lakers traded O'Neal. It wasn't until the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol that Bryant and Jackson returned to the NBA Finals, winning two more titles in 2009 and 2010. The team failed to return to its former glory for the remainder of the decade, and Bryant retired in 2016. In 2020, the Lakers, led by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and coach Frank Vogel, secured the 17th seed in the championship, tying the Celtics for the win. most titles in NBA history.
The Lakers set the record for the longest winning streak in the NBA, 33 consecutive games, during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles and four have coached the team. Four Lakers - Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O'Neal, and Bryant - have won the NBA MVP Award, for a total of eight awards.
The Lakers franchise began in 1947 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen of Minnesota bought the recently disbanded Detroit Gems from the National Basketball League (NBL) for $15,000 from Gems owner Maury Winston. Minneapolis-based sportswriter Sid Hartman played a key behind-the-scenes role in helping to close the deal and then the team. Inspired by Minnesota's nickname "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the team named themselves the Lakers. Hartman helped them recruit John Kundle of St. Thomas College to be their first head coach by meeting him and selling him to the team.
The Lakers had a solid roster that included forward Jim Pollard, playmaker Herm Schaefer, and center George Mikan, who became the most dominant player in the NBL. In their first season, they led the league with a 43–17 record and won the NBL championship later that season.
Hall of Famer George Mikan (#99) led the Lakers franchise to their first five NBA championships. The official NBA website describes him as "the first superstar" in league history.
In 1948, the Lakers moved from the NBL to the Basketball Association of America (BAA), and Mikan's average of 28.3 points per game set a BAA record. In the 1949 BAA Finals, they won the championship by defeating the Washington Capitols four to two. The next season, the team improved to 51–17, repeating as champions. In the 1950–51 season, Mikan won his third straight scoring streak with 28.4 points per game as the Lakers went 44–24 to win their second straight division title. One of those games, a 19–18 loss against the Fort Wayne Pistons, became infamous as the lowest-scoring game in NBA history. In the playoffs, they defeated the Indianapolis Olympians in three games, but lost to the Rochester Royals in the next round.
7.Who they got
8.What we wanted
10.Expectations vs Reality
11.30 years from now
14.We run LA now
17.Sorry for trading
21.When you realize
23.This could be scary
28.LeBron and AD
34.What you’re missing?
37.You better win
41.Haven’t decided yet
47.How to be
48.On your team
50.Don’t beat anyone
New York Knicks, an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The Knicks (which is a shortened version of their official nickname, the Knickerbockers) have won two National Basketball Association (NBA) championships (1970 and 1973) and are among the most profitable franchises in professional basketball.
The team was formed in 1946 as part of the newly formed Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA in 1949. The Knicks had winning records in each of their first nine seasons and made the NBA Finals for three straight years (1951–53), losing each time. For the remainder of the decade and into the early 1960s, the Knicks fielded mediocre teams to the poor, but the team's fortunes began to change with the arrival of center Willis Reed in 1964.
Reid was named NBA Rookie of the Year for the 1964–65 season, and he led the Knicks to regular postseason shutdowns from his third season until his retirement in 1974. Knicks under a coach. Red Holtzman won his first title at the end of the 1969–70 season with a talented roster that included four future Hall of Famers: Reid, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dave DeBuschere. Their final showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers that year was one of the most dramatic playoff streaks in NBA history.
Games three and four were decided in overtime, and in the seventh, deciding game, an injured Reed, who had not played since tearing a thigh muscle in game five, rushed onto the court before the game to a raucous reception from home. crowd in Madison Square Garden. Reed only scored the Knicks' first two baskets of the game, but he inspired his team to close the door on the Lakers by giving New York the first NBA championship. The Knicks and Lakers would go head to head in the Finals two more times over the next three years, sparking a bitter rivalry that resulted in New York claiming another NBA championship in 1973.
1.Winning one game
As the Knicks' superstar roster began to age, the team gradually fell out of regular post-season competition, although the Knicks' home court at Madison Square Garden was home to one of the era's biggest scorers in the early and mid-1980s, Bernard King. . The Knicks' fall culminated in the team posting a third-worst league record in the 1984–85 season (due in part to King's career-threatening injury), which—combined with some luck in the NBA draft lottery—allowed the team to select center Patrick Ewing, the first pick for draft in 1985. Behind Ewing, the Knicks had many winning seasons and consistently qualified for postseason play, including two more NBA Finals berths, but the team never won a title in Ewing's 15 seasons in New York. Five of those playoff losses came at the hands of the dominant Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls teams from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, and the two franchises developed a bitter rivalry (often witnessed by the Knicks' most famous fan, the film director Spike Lee).
Ewing was traded in 2000, and the Knicks entered a losing streak shortly thereafter. The Knicks hired former Detroit Pistons All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas as team president in 2003. Under his leadership, the Knicks' payroll has grown to unprecedented levels, but the team has consistently finished its conference position at or near its lowest level. In addition to on-court failures, the Knicks were mired in a string of off-court scandals, leading many observers to brand Thomas's Knicks as the worst franchise in professional sports. Thomas was sacked in 2008 and the Knicks entered recovery mode with a new front office and new coaching staff that soon brought in star players Amar'e Stoudemire (in 2010) and Carmelo Anthony (in 2010–11) in an attempt bring the franchise and its fans to life.
The Knicks' revamped roster paid immediate dividends, as the team made the playoffs every season after Anthony was added, and in the 2012–13 season. The team won their first division title in 19 years. The team's success was short-lived, and in an attempt to start a reorganization, it hired former Nick Phil Jackson as team president during a disastrous 2013–14 campaign that saw the club finish eight games under .500 and miss out on the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference. Anthony missed the second half of the 2014–15 season with an injury and the Knicks subsequently limped to the worst record in franchise history (17–65). The following year, Anthony returned to full strength, but the Knicks were unable to significantly improve their numbers, resulting in New York losing their star shortly before the start of the 2017–18 season. In the 2018–19 season, the Knicks again recorded 17 wins and had the worst record in the NBA that season.
The Knicks and former Phoenix Suns leader Amar'e Stoudemire, who became a free agent, reached an agreement on July 5, 2010. A five-year, $100 million contract was signed on July 8. Team president Donnie Walsh called Stoudemire's signing a turning point for the future of the Knicks.
Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks
New York continued to drastically change the team, trading David Lee to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Anthony Randolph, Kelenn Azubuke and Ronnie Turiaf. The Knicks also signed Charlotte's Raymond Felton and Russian center Timofey Mozgov. These changes allowed the Knicks to sell all of their season tickets, which had not happened before since 2002.
Carmelo Anthony, new Knicks star
Team D'Antoni, led by Stoudemire and a group of young players made up of Felton, Gallinari, Mozgov, Wilson Chandler and rookie Landry Fields, went 28-26 into the 2011 NBA All-Star break, the first positive margin the Knicks by February starting in 2000. Despite Donnie Walsh's success in building a team during his first three years in office, the Knicks couldn't stop there and tried their best to get Denver Nuggets leader Carmelo Anthony.
After months of negotiations, Anthony was traded to New York on February 21, 2011, along with teammates Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and former Knicks player Renaldo Balkman. Denver, in turn, received Felton, Gallinari, Chandler, Mozgov, Costa Koufos, a 2014 first-round pick, a 2013 and 2014 second-round pick, and $3 million. After that, the Knicks traded Anthony Randolph and Eddie Curry to the Minnesota, in exchange for Corey Brewer, who was immediately given to Dallas.
On April 3, 2011, the Knicks defeated Cleveland 123-107 for the first time since 2004 to win an NBA playoff berth. On April 10, 2011, after defeating Indiana with the help of Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks guaranteed themselves a positive win-loss difference for the first time since 2000.
18.Started from the bottom
24.Fans be like
28.Top of East
31.Changes are here
35.Going to pretend
36.One year deal
37.Shoot your shot
49.In a row
Los Angeles Lakers. Team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers were founded and have been playing in the NBA since 1947. The first name of the team was the Minneapolis Lakers, the current one has been since 1960. The team plays in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Los Angeles has reached the NBA Finals thirty-one times and won sixteen league titles.
The Lakers are not just the most successful club in the history of basketball in America, not just the club that managed to shine in all eras, not just the most popular and most hated organization. The Lakers are the only superclub in the NBA because they have always had the unique opportunity to get the best players of the era.
The history of the Lakers is not the story of talented management or wealthy owners, not the ability to draft brilliantly or lay championship rings on the table, not the attractiveness of sunny weather or affordable women.
The history of the Lakers is precisely the history of their endless superstars and the unique paths that have always taken them to the same place.
Bemorepanda collected some more interesting facts.
1. In 1990, the Los Angeles Lakers played a bunch of Predators at the end of Predator 2.
2. LeBron rested in the summer for the first time in a long time and appeared fresh and updated before the 2019/2020 season. With a long-awaited star next to him. Miami (like the Lakers) were in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. A big step forward for both organizations that have not competed in the finals for several years.
3. It's unbelievable, but 75-year-old Miami President Pat Riley has made it to the NBA Finals in each of the past six decades.
4. Old Pat won as a player, and as a coach, and as a club leader. Surprisingly, many of the brightest moments of the Lakers are associated with Riley. Not only did he have some great seasons as a player, but he was a successful manager for the Lakers for a long time. After his departure to Miami, the organization from the east coast rose to a qualitatively new level.
5. It was Riley who managed to create the “Big Trio” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and play in the NBA Finals for four years in a row.
6. LeBron James reached the final for the ninth time in the last ten years. Space! This man just lives in the playoffs and blossoms for the most important matches. This will be his tenth career final. And in this he overtook 27 NBA clubs. LeBron is second only to the Lakers (32 finals), Boston (21 finals), and the Golden State Warriors (11 finals).
7. There is no clear leader in Miami. And this is their feature. The Heat became only the fifth team to reach the finals, replacing the best scorer in each of the series. If in the first round Goran Dragic was the best sniper, then in the games with Milwaukee Jimmy Butler led the team.
8. In the final series, Bam Adebayo became the leader in points scored. So now let the opponent think who to keep more carefully. By the way, four previous examples (twice the Lakers, Detroit and San Antonio) necessarily won the title.
9. Statistics in the NBA is built into a cult. And there is nowhere to hide from her. Especially if you're as big as Shaquille O'Neal. This giant changed so many teams, and his partners were so cool that for 37 years in a row one of his former teammates has been playing in the decisive series.
10. Lakers defenseman JR Smith predicted the finalists in the winter. It is clear that the chances of the Lakers were very high even then. But how did he know about Miami? It is curious that he answered in the stories of his Instagram account, but our American colleagues carefully save all the “moves” of such prominent people as Smith.
11. The Lakers were keen to sign free agent Andre Iguodala. The veteran, who could not be renewed by the Warriors, was badly needed by them in the playoffs. He won the 2015 Finals MVP award for his near-perfect defense against LeBron James. He understands the game, knows everything about it. But he was intercepted by Miami and the same cunning fox Pat Riley. He seemed to already know something.
12. It was Iguodala who became the X-factor of the sixth game in the series with the Celtics. The veteran came out and hit four times from behind the arc without making a single miss. His final "+20" in the usefulness column only says that he is ready for the final and LeBron should keep this in mind.
13. Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Dion Waiters became an NBA champion before the start of the series. Dion will receive the ring even if the team loses to the Heat in the final. Waiters started the season with Miami before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Andre Iguodala.
14. Memphis expelled Waiters, who then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dion appeared on the court in just three games with Miami, but this is enough to receive the title of NBA champion. It is reported by "The Rambler".
15. The franchise that would become the Lakers was founded in 1946 as the Detroit Gems and played in the National Basketball League (NBL). The team moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1947 and its name was changed to the Lakers to reflect the state of Minnesota's nickname of "The Land of 10,000 Lakes".
16. That same year, the Lakers acquired George Mikan, who became professional basketball's first dominant "big man" and first in the Lakers' series of great centers. The Lakers joined the BAA (the official predecessor of the NBA) in the 1948–49 season and won the BAA Final Championship. \
17. The NBA was formed in 1949, and Mikan and the Lakers—which also included future Hall of Famers Jim Pollard, Slater Martin, Vern Mikkelsen, and (since 1953) Clyde Lovellett—won four of the first five league titles, creating the first dynasty of professional basketball.
18. The Lakers' game attendance dropped after Mikan's retirement in 1956, and the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
19. The Lakers made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s but lost to the Celtics in every game, despite the presence of all-time greats Elgin Baylor and Jerry West (who would later assemble a number of Lakers championship teams as the team's general manager).
20. However, in the 1971–72 season, the Lakers—led by West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain—set NBA records for longest winning streak (33 games) and best regular season record (69–13; broken in 1995–96).
21. The Chicago Bulls are on their way to an NBA championship, the team's first title since the move. to Los Angeles.
22. The Lakers made the Finals again in 1972–73 but lost to the New York Knicks. After that season, Chamberlain retired and the team's fortunes took a turn for the worse as the Lakers missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history in 1974–75 and 1975–76.
23. The Lakers entered the most dominant period in their franchise history when they selected Magic Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft. Johnson teamed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and (since 1982) James Worthy to lead the Lakers to eight NBA Finals appearances over the next decade, leading to five NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988).
24. This era became known as "Showtime" not only because of the flamboyant, often spectacular style of play hosted by Johnson and the impeccable head coach Pat Riley, but also because of the presence of Hollywood stars, most notably Jack Nicholson, at the courts. In addition, the renewed rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics—two teams that fought for the NBA title in 1984, 1985, and 1987, and more specifically, Johnson's battle with Bostonian Larry Bird—lifted the NBA to new levels of popularity in the 1980s. .
25. After the retirements of Abdul-Jabbar in 1989 and Johnson in 1991, the Lakers' fortunes deteriorated rapidly.
26. The team still made regular playoff appearances—the Lakers only missed a postseason game five times in the team's first 60 seasons—but failed to reach the NBA Finals for the longest period in team history.
27. However, that all changed in the 1999–2000 season when newly hired head coach Phil Jackson led the Lakers, leading Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to the first of three straight titles. O'Neal was traded in 2004, but a redesigned Lakers team with Bryant as coordinator made it to the 2008 NBA Finals, which they lost to Boston in six games.
28. The following season, the Lakers returned to the Finals, where they defeated the Orlando Magic in five games to clinch the 15th seed in the franchise championship. In the 2009–10 season, the Lakers made their third consecutive Finals appearance, where they defeated the Celtics in a dramatic seven-game streak.
29. The Lakers then entered a period of relative lack of success, which peaked in 2012–13. The team added perennial All-Stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the preseason and were considered one of the favorites to win the championship, but in an inconsistent and injury-riddled campaign, the team was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.
30. During the off-season, Howard went free-roaming, and Bryant and Nash missed most of the following season with injuries, which contributed greatly to the Lakers' loss in 2013–14. Bryant missed most of the following season with another injury, and the Lakers struggled to a 21–61 record. The team was even worse in the 2015–16 season, with a franchise-worst record of 17–65 in Bryant's final season before his retirement.
31. The team's record improved by nine wins in 2016–17, but the Lakers' record-breaking playoff drought extended to four seasons and led to a front office reshuffle, including Magic Johnson, who took over as team president of basketball.
32. Johnson helped lure free agent superstar LeBron James to the Lakers during the 2018 offseason, but the team failed to improve significantly and Johnson abruptly resigned at the end of the 2018–19 season. The next season was stormy.
33. In January 2020, Bryant was among those killed in a helicopter crash, and less than two months later, the NBA suspended play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, the season resumed but with a reduced schedule, with players largely isolated in a "bubble". Thanks to a stellar performance from James, who was named Finals MVP, the Lakers eventually defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship.
34. The legendary NBA player got his name from the Japanese Kobe steak, which is made from premium quality beef, namely from bulls of the Japanese black breed of the Tajima variety. A kilogram of such meat can cost more than $500.
35. Kobe Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA and in Europe. Joe spent seven years of his career in Italy, thanks to which Kobe knows Italian perfectly.
36. Kobe started playing basketball at the age of 3 and adored the game number #33, which was used by his father. Under the same number, Bryant performed at school.
37. The legendary NBA player got his name from the Japanese Kobe steak, which is made from premium quality beef, namely from bulls of the Japanese black breed of the Tajima variety. A kilogram of such meat can cost more than $500.
38. Kobe Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA and in Europe. Joe spent seven years of his career in Italy, thanks to which Kobe knows Italian perfectly.
39. Kobe started playing basketball at the age of 3 and adored the game number #33, which was used by his father. Under the same number, Bryant performed at school.
40. Even as a child, Kobe Bryant made a serious bid to pass legendary: during his performances in high school, he scored 2883 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's Pennsylvania state record (2252 points).
41. Bryant didn't play at university. In 1996, he became the first defenseman in league history to enter the NBA from high school. According to Bryant, if he still had to go to university, he would have chosen Duke.
42. In 1996, Kobe spent pre-draft training with the Boston Celtics, the nemesis of the Los Angeles Lakers. But the team from Massachusetts, which had the 6th pick in the draft, did not dare to choose a 17-year-old basketball player.
43. The trade of Bryant for Vlad Divac from the Hornets to the Lakers on the day of the draft outraged Los Angeles fans. No one understood why the leadership of the Lakers gave up the starting center team for a schoolboy with dubious prospects. After 20 years, this exchange will be called one of the most successful in the history of the NBA.
44. In his rookie season, Kobe won the dunk contest. Among the defeated rivals were Ray Allen, Chris Carr, Michael Finley, Darwin Ham and Bob Sura.
45. Already at the age of 19, Bryant made his first All-Star Game. Despite the fact that he scored only 15 points per game and only 1 time in the season came out in the starting five of the Lakers.
46. Kobe's parents did not communicate with their son for two whole years, as they did not approve of his marriage to a 19-year-old dancer of Mexican origin. Because of this, Joe and Pam Bryant even missed the 2001 NBA Finals when their son won the championship.
47. Nickname Black Mamba Kobe Bryant came up with himself.
48. Bryant tried his hand at hip-hop and once even sang along with Tyra Banks on the same stage. The track was called "K.O.B.E".
49. From 1999 to 2009, Kobe owned a 50% stake in Milan basketball.
50. Years spent in Italy have taken their toll: Kobe Bryant is a big fan of Milan football as well, and his favorite player of all time is Marco van Basten.