Give and Go
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Posted: June 21st, 2010
We’ve got a repeat NBA champion…

If Kobe Bryant wins a sixth NBA championship next season, can he then be on share the same stage with Michael Jordan?

The Los Angeles Lakers did it again.

Having been out of town and off work since Thursday’s Game 7 the Lakers won to win back-to-back NBA titles, I just got back at it today.

Very interesting Game 7, but the better team won the game and the series.

The Lakers have the best player in Kobe Bryant, the best coach in Phil Jackson and had home-court advantage.

Got a little help when Pau Gasol traveled on that inside bucket late in the game, but if Ron Artest can hit a 3-pointer in the clutch after buildingĀ  town homes with all those bricks he was hoisting from behind the arc in this series, the Lakers were destined to win the game anyway.

If the Big 3 can stay together in Boston for next season, can the Celtics make another strong NBA championship run?

Kudos to the Boston Celtics, though, for making it this far as they were a win away from beating the top three teams in the NBA based on their record in the playoffs. Boston eliminated Cleveland, which had the best record in the NBA, in the Eastern Conference semifinals and knocked off Orlando, which the league’s second best record in the conference finals.

And if Kendrick Perkins had been able to play, who knows, Boston may have won that Game 7.

Anyway, the question now is can the Lakers 3-peat? If so, Bryant would duplicate what Michael Jordan did with the Chicago Bulls in having a pair of 3-peat title runs.

If Bryant can pull this off, especially if he does it with a new head coach if Phil Jackson decides to leave, will he find himself among the top 5 players in NBA history next to MJ, Magic, Bill Russell and Wilt?

He’s already in the top 10 in my book.

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