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In yesterdays post, I talked about the first championship ring Kobe won against the Pacers in 2000. I talked about how that series was a growing one for Kobe, dealing with a couple of adversities while on his way to winning his first ring. For my major black mamba fans, did you remember that series back in 2000? If so, where were you when it happened?
I love asking that question because so many emotions are locked in with some of these memories. I can even go as far as to say I remember what I was eating or snacking on while watching one of the games..
In todays post, I want to talk about the 2nd ring Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers won. Obviously it was won the following year making it a back to back championship run (so far) for them.
The year was 2001, and the opponent was the Philadelphia 76ers. Now this series was a interesting one for me. As much of a Kobe fan I am, I would have to say Allen Iverson was definitely my 2nd favorite player. So at the end of the day, I was going for Kobe and the Lakers, but I also wanted to see AI do well, just not win 🙂
Game 1- The Shocker
The Lakers were coming off a championship the year before and a great regular season run, so they were the obvious Goliath in this matchup.
But wait.. behind AI’s 48 point Game 1 performance, the 76ers took the first game at Staples Center!
I remember watching this game with my brother and dad and could not believe what was happening. The lakers were so strong at home, and to lose the first game of the series, I gotta admit I was a little nervous. Not too much though because I knew we would be back strong.
What a game though! AI’s Game 1 performance is one that I will always remember.
Games 2-5-Lakers win 4 straight
The Lakers run off winning the next 4 games and clinch their 2nd NBA championship in 2 years. In 2 out of the 5 games played, Kobe scored a team high 30+ points. That’s my boy!
To end the trip down memory lane, I’ll leave you with a video of the 2001 NBA Finals!