Pretty simple answer, the Celtics simply outmatched the Lakers, and by the time the Lakers caught up, he was injured and no longer the same. We can check his stats in the Finals 1959 Finals (loss): 22.8 PPG / 11.8 RPG / (no APG recorded on bball reference for some reason for this Finals) Baylor… Continue reading How could Elgin Baylor have never won an NBA championship playing so many years with the Lakers?
The problem is Kobe has never been proven to successfully co-exist with another perimeter star. All of his winning seasons and chips came when Kobe was playing with big men – either Shaq or a Gasol/Odom/Bynum combination. The only other perimeter players he’s been able to thrive with are guys who are content not taking too… Continue reading What would be the result of a Chris Paul trade to the Lakers in 2012?
I noticed that this NBA Finals eerily brought back memories of the 2000 Finals in terms of the matchup. Shaq even handed the torch to Giannis in a post congratulating him on bringing back ‘old school bully ball’. That made me curious to do the comparisons between these two Finals: 2000 LA Lakers – #1… Continue reading Comparing the 2021 Finals to the 2000 Finals