Lakers News: What Jerry Buss Told Phil Jackson About His Decision To Trade Shaq – All Lakers
Posted on September 5, 2022
Following the conclusion of a 2004 postseason run that could only be disappointing if you were the Los Angeles Lakers, team owner Dr. Jerry Buss was determined to make a roster shake-up. But not everyone thought he was making the right choice.
Led by All-NBA studs Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Lakers had won three straight titles from 2000-2002, under the stewardship of head coach Phil Jackson. Their 2001 run through to the championship was particularly bonkers: LA lost just one postseason game, the first game of the Finals, wherein that season’s MVP Allen Iverson erupted for 48 points on 18-of-41 shooting. The team’s title run was ended in 2003 by their perennial Western Conference nemeses, the San Antonio Spurs, who vanquished LA in a six-game Western Conference Semifinals series. The Tim Duncan-fronted Spurs would go on to wallop the Nets in the Finals to claim their second title in five seasons.