Friday, June 5, 2009

A Lakers Championship would be historic for Phil Jackson

By Anthony Caruso III

The Los Angeles Lakers have a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals. It is their first 1-0 start to the Finals since 2002 when they faced the New Jersey Nets.

The Lakers went on to sweep that series with Shaquille O'Neal receiving the Finals MVP honors. There are only two Lakers currently on the team from that series. They are Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant.

Phil Jackson is 43-0 when winning Game 1 of a series. Jackson also holds the best all-time winning percentage by a coach in the NBA playoffs.

If the Lakers do go on to win the series, it would be historic for Jackson. Jackson was able to win 2 Championships as a player for the New York Knicks. But this will be Jackson's 10th Championship, as a head coach, which is more than Red Auerbach's 9 career Championships.

It would also give Kobe Bryant a 4th Championship in his 13-year career. And it would be his first without O'Neal. It would also be Derek Fisher's 4th Championship in the same amount of time.

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