Dion Waiters: The Player the Lakers Have Been Waiting For?

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Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported recently that Darren Collison would remain retired and not enter the free agency market. This leads the Los Angeles Lakers to look towards other buyout options as they look to better their roster.

One name that has popped up is Dion Waiters. He was recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, after being traded there by the Miami Heat in the deal involving Andre Iguodala.

Though a controversial figure, Waiters is a dynamic player, who might not address all of the Lakers concerns, but could definitely be a help to the team.

Defensively, Waiters is not ideal. Standing at just 6-foot-3, he does not possess the size that the Lakers are looking for to guard a wing. However, he can definitely help with the offensive struggles that the team has at times.

He possesses the ability to knock down the 3-ball, and finish in the paint. His ability to create his own shot on broken plays is desirable also. Although he can be inconsistent, the nights in which he is able to knock down his shots could make him a real difference maker. Is Waiters worth taking a punt on?

One interesting statistic to look at is per Basketball Reference. Waiters hits 52% of his left side corner 3-point shots. Pair this with Kyle Kuzma‘s 49% efficiency rating on the right side corner, and we can see the possibility for both players to make a scary duo from that standpoint.

Off-the-court Waiters does host problems. He has only played 3 games this season, and one of the main reasons for that is due to his increasingly evident problem of staying away from using recreational drugs. Whether this remains an issue or not is a major concern with acquiring Waiters, as if he cannot address, he will not be able to contribute to the team.

But the signing of Dion Waiters could work out well. He is capable of providing some explosion off the bench and drain shots when he needs to. He would most likely be an improvement for the team.

If productive, he could assist in the resting of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, which would probably be the main reason for his acquisition. Come playoff time, it is unlikely that Waiters receives many minutes, so as a temporary addition to help with the regular decision, he should definitely be considered.

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Lakers, D’Angelo Russell?


The Golden State Warriors are reportedly looking at trade offers for D’Angelo Russell. The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be looking to make a move for a play-maker. The trade deadline is approaching (February 6). Could a Russell-Lakers reunion be on the cards?

Russell’s new contract gives him a cap hit of $27,800,000, which proves difficult. However, if the Lakers can make a trade, likely centered around Kyle Kuzma, they definitely should.

The 23-year-old is an electrifying player that can not only create shots for himself, but also for others. He would provide major sparks of offense, individually, while LeBron James and Anthony Davis are off the court.

In addition, he would be a solid teammate that could compliment the two Laker superstars. Russell has proved to also be a player that can be counted on in the closing minutes of games. Adding another fourth quarter closer would greatly help the Lakers. Russell’s skill-set will take some of the offensive pressure off James, enabling him to be at peak performance more often.

All in all, D’Angelo Russell would be a great fit for the Lakers. However, the politics of the situation might make a trade more complicated. Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets by the Lakers back in 2017, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of both sides.

Since then, the Lakers have put together a new front office, coaching staff, and roster. Meaning that any past issues that Russell might have had with the organisation are likely to not be prevalent anymore.

Overall, Russell is a player that should be heavily pursued by the Lakers, if possible. Not only does he fix the flaws of the team, but he also complements the existing strengths.

Do the Lakers have the pieces to chase Russell? Possibly not. But it’s hard to think of another player on the trade market that would fit with the Lakers.

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My Inspiration, Kobe

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Dear Kobe,

I never knew you personally, I’ve never met you or talked to you or had any interaction with you. Yet somehow, someway, you made an impact on my life more than I like to admit. Like so many others, I fell in love with your electrifying play-style, your charismatic smile, and all those post-game interviews that made me feel like working myself to the bone.

Kobe, you were the epitome of the grind. All us fans envied your dedication and passion to the sport of basketball. My very first article was about you, my first jersey was yours, and I would always be that one guy who mentioned your name during any NBA debate, whether you were a part of it or not. It was your highlights and your speeches that got me through any tough times. You were my idol, my role model, and my inspiration.

When you left basketball, I thought you would never be the same. There was no more platform for us to see your greatness anymore, but almost instantly, you made major strides in other industries. Winning Oscars, writing books, helping athletes, you brought the same level of excellence to everything you did. But of course you did, because that’s what the Mamba Mentality was to you, the constant pursuit of absolute excellence.

Kobe, you were the driving force behind so many people. You helped me pick myself up when I was down, helped me stay positive when nothing was going right, turn nothing into something. But now you’re gone, and there’s no driving force behind me to help me jump over this hurdle.

You’ve impacted so many people and brought everyone together, lovers, haters, friends, enemies, every-bodies, and nobodies. You may be gone, but you will forever be an icon to the city of Los Angeles, the Lakers, and the world.

Your Mamba Mentality will live on within all of your fans, and I pray that one day I can make someone as happy as you’ve made me all these years.

Thank you for everything,


3 Players Who Need To Step Up In The Pursuit Of A Championship

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been great this season. In-fact, they have been leading the Western Conference comfortably and sustaining the second best record in the league, throughout.

However, not all has been a success for the Lakers. In marquee match-ups against the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, some issues were highlighted.

Aside from superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the purple and gold struggle to find any offensive identity at times, which could prove problematic in any future playoff match-ups. To address these issues, the Lakers are rumoured to be exploring the trade market. Although, if a few players can evolve their games and step-up, no trades will be required.

Here are 3 players that need to step up for the Lakers to get to that next level, in the pursuit of a Championship.

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Rajon Rondo

This is Rajon Rondo‘s second season as a member of the Lakers. To date, it’s probably fair to say that he’s had a relatively disappointing season. Coming into the the 2019/20 campaign, Rondo was expected to be a primary ball handler that could create shots for other players coming off the bench. That hasn’t been the case.

Being a below average defender and shooter, the 33-year-old’s main form of productivity comes through his passing and play-making. However, he’s been struggling with this aspect of his game.

Rondo has been playing 22 minutes per game this season. In those minutes, he holds averages of 7.6 points and 5.4 assists, paired with 2.1 turnovers. Many of these minutes come when LeBron James isn’t on the court, meaning the main play-making responsibilities fall in Rondo’s control. But he’s failed to take advantage of that.

Rondo somehow needs to be able to utilise his minutes better, by shooting the ball consistently, spreading the ball to space, and having a better assist to turnover ratio. If so, then the Lakers’ lack of scoring without James and Anthony Davis can be answered.

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Quinn Cook

Coming into the season, Quinn Cook was a player who was supposed to be a sharpshooter off the bench. Not just a spot-up shooter, but also a player that could create his own shot.

Funnily enough, the description above matches the exact type of player that the Lakers are pursuing with the NBA trade deadline approaching.

Cook has had impressive games this season, there’s no doubting that. With the most recent being in the loss against the Orlando Magic, where he lit up for 22 points, on 9-14 shooting, 4-7 from 3. In that game, he was instrumental in helping the purple and gold cut down a 20 point deficit.

But these games have been few and far between. A lot of this could come down to lack of minutes though. Although, it can be said, that in the minutes he has received, Cook has not become dependable enough to see the court more.

If he can become more productive offensively, on a consistent basis, as well as developing as a play-maker, he can truly be a force in a postseason run.

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Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma was one of the few players retained by the Lakers this past off-season. His ability to be a catch-and-shoot, lights-out scorer alongside LeBron James, on a cap friendly contract, earned him a significant spot on the roster for this season.

But.. Kuzma’s campaign has been very polarising so far. There are occasional games where he can light it up and explode for 20+ points, but there are also games where he will fall out of rhythm, and struggle with his shooting. The latter being more frequent.

From a defensive standpoint, he’s not terrible. He’s actually been much improved this season, but it’s unfair to label him an above average defender. He still requires some further development on that side of the ball.

So when he’s struggling to find it offensively, and due to him not being an established lock-down defender, there’s little reason for him to be on the court. Granted, when Kuzma gets plentiful touches and shots, he can be a threat. But when James and Davis are sharing the floor with him, this proves difficult.

In order for Kuzma to turn the Lakers from a great team to a near unstoppable team, he needs to improve as a wing defender, relying on more than athleticism to stop his opponents. He also needs to learn how to do more with less and produce offensively. Even when he doesn’t get the touches he wants.

If this can happen, Kyle Kuzma can become the third scoring threat that everyone saw him as coming into the season.

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Looking Back At The 2010 Lakers Championship Roster

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As we round out the decade, here at Lakers Fanclub UK we are looking back over the past 10 years and the events that took place.

We started by listing the players that the Los Angeles Lakers drafted during the tanking years (2013-2017), and where they are now. You can find that article here.

Now, we dive into the 2010 Championship winning roster in similar fashion. Who they were, what they have done since, and where they are now.

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Kobe Bryant

Even after his historic 2010 championship run, Kobe Bryant didn’t slow down. The Black Mamba continued to play at a level of excellence in search of a 6th championship, however injuries to both himself and his teammates deterred Bryant of acquiring another championship.

Bryant suffered a tragic injury in 2014, tearing his Achilles. Thus, making him a shell of his former self. Following this he eventually retired in the 2016 season, with that memorable 60 point performance that also featured a game winner, in his final outing.

Despite constant requests from his fans, Bryant hasn’t made any indication of returning to basketball. Instead, he has started ventures in numerous new fields; from storytelling, to film-making, and athlete preparation. He produced the short film Dear Basketball, which went onto win an Oscar, as well as an Emmy Award.

Kobe Bryant also started the ESPN show, Detail, where he goes through film of athletes to highlight their skill-set and reveal some of their weaknesses. In addition to this, he opened the Mamba Sports Academy, a training center that assists athletes of all levels in reaching their highest potential.

He has even dipped his toe into storytelling, by releasing several books. His first notable release was Kobe Bryant: The Mamba Mentality, where he described his many years in the league. His latest project is the Wizenard series, a collection of stories aimed at teaching the youth life lessons through the metaphor of sports.

It should come to no surprise that Kobe Bryant is still doing so much and achieving success in the process. Bryant has brought the fervor and perseverance for perfection from the basketball court to his daily life.

He may not be returning to the basketball court directly, but Kobe Bryant is continuing to leave his mark on the game that made him.

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Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol remained as one of the NBA’s top big men following the 2010 championship. He left the Lakers for the Chicago Bulls in the 2014 free agency period, and earned All-Star recognition whilst in in Chicago.

Gasol has since continued to play in the NBA but has been slowly regressing. Mainly being a spark off the bench and a veteran leader. Currently, he is rehabbing a foot injury that resulted in him being waived by his most recent team, the Portland Trail-Blazers.

Now 39-years-old, Pau Gasol has not mentioned any sign of retirement and it seems that he is still interested in making an NBA return. We may see him on the court again very soon, once healthy.

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Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher has been a player that has never really left the sport of basketball after winning the 2010 championship.

In terms of his playing career, Fisher bounced around from team-to-team (Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks), before eventually retiring in the 2013-14 season. Obviously, there was that 1st spell with the Lakers too, that resulted in 3 NBA Championships (2000-02). Bumping his ring total up to 5, alongside the 2009 and 2010 triumphs.

Fisher immediately signed for a coaching role with the New York Knicks, following his playing career, which lasted for less than 2 seasons. He was fired midway through the 2015-16 season. Afterwards, he tapped his toes into the broadcasting world, appearing as a guest speaker and analyst for many shows. This lead to Fisher joining Spectrum SportsNet to be an in-studio analyst for the Lakers.

Now, Derek Fisher is working as the Head Coach for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

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Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum has one of the more sad post-championship stories of the roster. He did set record numbers following the championship win, even being chosen as an All-Star in 2012. However, clashes with Kobe Bryant resulted in Bynum being traded away to the Philadelphia 76ers.

In Philadelphia he faced a career changing injury that forced him sit out the entire 2012-13 season. Bynum never returned to being the All-Star he once was and only played 26 NBA games following his Lakers tenure.

It was reported in 2018 that Bynum was looking to make an NBA comeback after fully rehabbing his injured knee. The intent is certainly there for the now 32-year-old to return.

Andrew Bynum’s style of play would not necessarily fit into the modern NBA. He is unlikely to get a spot on an NBA team, but there is a chance that he could opt to play in Ice Cube‘s Big 3 league, or even overseas. Either way, it will be nice to see the once star player back on the court.

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Ron Artest/Metta World Peace

Ron Artest, now known as Metta World Peace, has had an illustrative career to say the least, and this trend continued after his championship run with the Lakers.

Following the championship, World Peace continued to play in the NBA for 6 years, with brief spells in China and Italy sandwiched in-between. However injuries and age caught up with him and his playing career came to an end. Whilst with the Lakers in-fact, in 2017.

Since retiring, World Peace took on the job of being a Player Development Coach for the Lakers’ G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, where he currently still is. He also played in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league in the 2018 off-season, and has appeared in the media on numerous occasions as a guest speaker and analyst.

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Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom is a player loved by fans of the purple and gold. Mainly for being one of the best sixth men in franchise history.

Although, Odom’s career has taken a downward spiral since then. He played 3 more seasons in the NBA, beyond the 2010 championship season, but was then forced to leave after he could not obtain a roster spot in the 2014 free agency period.

Odom went onto play overseas in the Euro-League, but was only to play 2 games after suffering a back injury. As recently as 2018, he planned on playing for the Chinese Basketball Association, but ended up backing out because he did not see himself as fit enough. Odom was also deactivated by the Big 3 league in 2019, after just 1 game.

Overall, Lamar Odom has encountered much bad luck in his later basketball career. But given his personal problems, it’s great to see him fit and healthy off the court.

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Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown hasn’t had the most exciting career of any NBA player, but he was a contributing factor to the Lakers 2010 championship nonetheless.

Since then, Brown played 5 more seasons in the NBA, with the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks, until he was finally waived by the Miami Heat in 2014.

Brown then went on to play in the G-League between 2016 and 2018. He then eventually landed in the Big 3 league, getting drafted by the Aliens in 2019.

Excluding basketball, Shannon Brown has appeared in some films including Think Like a Man and Trainwreck.

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Jordan Farmar

Jordan Farmar had a decent NBA career, mainly being a role player and a solid 3-point shooter during his prime years. However, he suffered some injuries and his game started to falter at a rapid rate.

After the 2010 championship, Farmar bounced around the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and even with a second spell with the Lakers. His final team was the Sacramento Kings, where he was waived in 2016.

Currently, Jordan Farmar is involved with philanthropic work as he attempts to bring basketball beyond the United States and use it as a way to unite Palestinian and Israel youth.

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Luke Walton

Luke Walton retired shortly after the Lakers championship run of 2010, following a spell with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.

Walton turned to coaching, joining the Golden State Warriors as an Assistant Coach in 2014 where was a large part of their dominance over the 2014-18 period. He took over as Head Coach of the Warriors during the 2015-16 season when Steve Kerr dealt with an illness. His performances, and winning record of 39-4, gained him the attention of the Lakers who hired him to be their new Head Coach.

Walton’s coaching tenure with the Lakers was lackluster to say the least. Both parties parted ways in 2019 and Walton can now be found on the sidelines for the Sacramento Kings.

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Sasha Vujacic

Sasha Vujacic was a developing player while he was on the Lakers’ championship roster. One that never really was given the best of opportunities to develop.

Vujacic did hit 2 clutch free throws during game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, and was loved by Lakers fans for it. However, his career did not go much further. He last played for the New York Knicks in 2017, and has not been in the league since.

Now he can be found playing his trade in Italy, and focusing on helping his family’s wine business in his spare time. Recently however, Vujacic has shown interest in returning to the NBA, and has worked out with a few teams.

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Josh Powell

Josh Powell‘s NBA career never really took shape the way we might have hoped, but he has not quit on basketball.

Following the 2010 season, Powell left the Lakers for the Atlanta Hawks, After that, he bounced around many overseas teams, 12 in-fact, all on short term deals.

Josh Powell did have a brief spell with the Houston Rockets in 2014, where he also served as an Assistant Coach, but that was short lived. He is now playing in the Big 3 league, as he hopes to continue playing basketball professionally.

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Adam Morrison

Following the 2010 season, Adam Morrison never found his place back onto an NBA roster.

He did try however, spending a further 2 seasons overseas with Red Star Belgrade and Besiktas. This earned him a spot on the Brooklyn Net’s 2012 Summer League roster, which lead to a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. But he was waived a short time later, and that was the last we saw of him on a basketball court.

In 2013, he returned to his alma mater Gonzaga University to take classes. He did become an Assistant Video Coordinator for the Bulldogs for the 2014-15 season.

Nowadays, you can find Adam Morrison on the sidelines for Mead High School, his alma mater, where he is an Assistant Coach.

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D.J. Mbenga

D.J. Mbenga left the Lakers after winning the 2010 championship, and joined the New Orleans Hornets, for what was his final season in the NBA.

He then took his trade to China and the Philippines, before catching the attention of the New York Knicks in 2014. However, he was waived within 16 days, which lead to his retirement.

D.J. Mbenga is now working with his foundation, the Mbenga Foundation to help children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and refugees in Belgium.

Kobe Bryant, the Playoff Duels That Never Happened


Kobe Bryant is a name synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers, and professional basketball as a whole. Throughout his 20 year career Bryant had various accolades, numerous rivalries, and many historic performances. From the Championship 3-peat between 2000-2002, the 9 straight games of 40+ points in 2004, the 81-points against the Raptors in 2006, the back-to-back titles of 2009 and 2010, the 60-point performance in his final game, the list goes on and on.

Throughout his career there were many fantastic duels between Bryant and his NBA counterparts in the regular season, however there were some playoff match-ups that unfortunately never happened. To this day, many dispute what would have occurred if Bryant faced off against certain NBA legends in meaningful playoff scenarios.

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Michael Jordan

Throughout his career, Kobe Bryant was constantly compared to Michael Jordan, and for good reason. Bryant had modelled his game around Jordan, with like-for-like moves, at times looking like a mirror image of MJ.

Jordan and Bryant are widely regarded as the top-2 shooting guards in NBA history. Jordan acquired 6 NBA Championships, with 6 finals MVP awards, and 5 league MVPs, through his stellar career. As for Bryant, he also had a prolific career, garnering 5 NBA Championships, 2 Finals MVPs, and a single league MVP trophy.

Although Bryant and Jordan had a few duels, neither player was in their prime, as Kobe was on the younger end of the spectrum and Jordan on the older side. Both players had great respect for one another, with Bryant quoted saying “he was extremely open to having a mentor relationship and giving me a great amount of advice and an amazing amount of detail, strategies, workout regimen and things like that”.

An NBA Finals match-up between the two in their prime would have been one of the most interesting dynamics to ever take part in sports, full stop. A student overcoming his master story would have set the stage for an incredible duel of basketball prowess.

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Dwyane Wade

Similar to how Bryant and Jordan had a “student idolising his teacher” relationship, Dwyane Wade also had a similar connection with The Black Mamba. Wade envied Bryant, and constantly tried to out-duel him on a nightly basis. However, unlike Michael Jordan, a playoff match-up between Bryant and Wade was one that was very possible.

Both players were playing in their primes at similar times, with each being regarded as top-10 players in the NBA. The 2010-11 season looked to possess the ideal framework for a match-up, but it was not meant to be. The Lakers were looking to 3-peat for the second time in a decade, and the Miami Heat had just acquired LeBron James and Chris Bosh, to form a big 3.

Bryant and the Lakers were swept in the Western Conference Semi-Finals by the Dallas Mavericks, who beat Wade, James, Bosh, and the Heat in the NBA Finals, to claim their first ever title.

Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant were both undisputed stars, and a duel between the two, mixed with the rivalry that had been developed throughout the 2000s could have come to a settlement.

Luckily we experienced many regular season battles between the two legends, but an NBA Finals series would have been a treat.

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Shaquille O’Neal

The feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most proclaimed rivalries the NBA has ever seen. From being the core pieces of one of the most unstoppable dynasties ever (Lakers, 2000-02), to becoming drama infested rivals who forced a separation. Bryant and O’Neal’s relationship was as confusing as they got.

The beef between the former teammates had quelled to a point where Bryant was attempting to solidify himself as an individual star who could compete without O’Neal. While O’Neal was trying to prove to the world that he was still a fierce competitor that could dominate and bulldoze anyone that stood in his way.

The 2004-2005 season was the first time that both had been on different teams since 1996. During the season, Bryant averaged 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, compared to O’Neal who put up 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. A small glimpse of the potential finals match-up came on Christmas Day 2004, where the Lakers and Heat faced off. Bryant (42 points) missed an overtime buzzer-beater and O’Neal (24 points) and the Heat walked away with the win.

The game was competitive and a joy to watch, but in regards to a finals match-up, that never occurred. O’Neal had made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, and Bryant failed to lead his team to the playoffs accumulating a record of 34-48. The following year, O’Neal got his ring without Bryant, but the Lakers were knocked out in the 1st round to the Phoenix Suns, another potential finals match-up passed by.

In O’Neal’s later years, he faced injury problems, and Bryant went on to claim 2 titles without his presence. A finals match up between these former teammates would have possessed an incredible amount of passion and intensity that would have gone down as one of the best finals series in history, no doubt.

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Tracy McGrady

Kobe Bryant stated that Tracy McGrady was the toughest opponent he had ever faced. Both McGrady and Bryant had come out of high school a year apart and were looked at as two of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the NBA at the time.

Both were similar in playing style, they were athletic, and possessed the ability to score from pretty much anywhere on the court. Both held their own in defense also. In their 21 regular season match-ups, they put up electrifying offensive games, that really were a joy to watch. Over the course of his career Bryant did get the upper hand averaging 25 points, to McGrady’s 19.6.

Looking back, a perfect playoff match-up would have been in the 2002-03 season. McGrady averaged a league-high 32.1 points, adding 6.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists. Bryant also had an impressive season averaging 30 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds. However, neither player was able to make it to the NBA Finals, losing in the 2nd and 1st rounds, respectively. A 7 game playoff series between these two in their prime would have been a delight.

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LeBron James

There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were two of the greatest players to play during the 2000-2010 era. Constant debates ensued regarding who was the better player. Playing in opposite conferences, a finals meeting between the two appeared very likely. Unfortunately, the stars never quite aligned for it to happen.

Seeing a young LeBron filled with athleticism and explosiveness, against a smarter, more tactical Bryant would have been delightful on the eye. The 2008-09 season had the perfect template set in place as well. Bryant averaged 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists over the course of the season, leading the Lakers to a 65-17 record. LeBron also had a stellar season, averaging 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to 66-16 record, whilst winning his first regular season MVP award.

The stage was set for an epic finals match-up, with both teams reaching the Conference Finals. Although Kobe Bryant took his team to the finals, eventually winning the title, LeBron James and the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Orlando Magic.

Had LeBron been able to overcome the Magic, the NBA could have witnessed one of the most exciting finals series of all time.

By Srikar Devireddy (@srikardr999)