Phil Jackson has decided to return to coaching the Los Angeles Lakers for one more season after addressing health concerns. As of today, he has won more NBA Championship Titles than any other coach and is currently aiming for his twelfth one. If he is successful, this will be the fourth time he has won three consecutive Championship games in a row. This is often called a three-peat in the sports industry, a blend of the words “three” and “repeat”. This will be a first for many players on the Laker’s team, including Pau Gasol, who won his first NBA Championship when LA beat Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals. But will they be able to claim it with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh joining forces?
The Lakers Roster did not change much. Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Sasha Vujacic, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol were still in contract. Shannon Brown opted out of his contract, but re-signed a new contract after evaluating the market. Derek Fischer was a free agent and considered joining Miami Heat alongside Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, but eventually decided to sign with the Lakers again. The Lakers also picked up Steve Blake to replace Jordan Farmar prior to learning that Fischer would be on board to play point guard again this season. Other additions include Theo Ratliff at Power-Forward and Matt Barnes at Small-Forward.
The Lakers first game will be on Tuesday, October 26. They will be playing against Houston at 10:30 PM EST. The main game that everyone will want to see is the Boston and Lakers match up now that Shaq has signed to the Celtics. They will be playing the Celtics on January 30th, and then again February 10th. Another big game that people will not want to miss is the Miami Heat matchup on December 25th. That’s right – the most anticipated game of this season is going to be on Christmas Day. Better start getting ready for this one right now.
Los Angeles Lakers Roster – NBA Basketball – ESPN, ESPN: The Worldwide Leader In Sports, 22 Aug. 2010.