2010 NBA Finals: Lakers and Celtics, Strategy a Huge Factor for Victory

June 2nd, 2010 by Bill Hare Leave a reply »
The teams are as uniquely disparate as the cities they represent.

The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are built around the star power of Kobe Bryant, one of the most remarkable athletes to play pro basketball or any other sport.

Bryant plays his home games at Staples Center not far from Hollywood. Regular courtside patrons include Academy Award winning actors Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman.

If the Lakers are the team of glitz residing in the land of Hollywood, the Boston Celtics are the model of rock-ribbed municipal solidity. Boston is the city where the American Revolution was launched.

Later it became a city of strong ethnic identification with its Italian restaurants of the North End, and an Irish South Boston represented in Congress for years by either John F. Kennedy or Tip O’Neill.

Phil Jackson, the Lakers' coach who seeks his 11th NBA title, anchors his team around the sharp shooting of Bryant.

L.A. was bolstered by its acquisition of Pau Gasol from Memphis, a big man at home in the paint who combines finesse with muscle and has been known to come out to the perimeter to make ...

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