2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers season

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2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachPhil Jackson
General managerMitch Kupchak
Owner(s)Jerry Buss
ArenaStaples Center
Results
Record56–26 (.683)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated 76ers 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Net West, KCAL
RadioAM 570 KLAC
< 1999–00 2001–02 >

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Lakers' 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 41st in the city of Los Angeles.[1] The Lakers entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having defeated the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA Finals in six games, winning their twelveth NBA championship. During the offseason, the Lakers acquired Horace Grant from the Seattle SuperSonics.[2] Grant won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. The team also signed free agent Isaiah Rider, who was released by the Atlanta Hawks the previous season due to off the court troubles. The Lakers won their final eight games finishing the regular season with a 56–26 record, and won the Pacific Division over the rival Sacramento Kings by one game. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, but O'Neal did not play due to an injury. The Lakers clinched the #2 seed in the playoffs.

In the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, swept the Kings in the semifinals, then swept the top–seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. They went on to win the NBA Finals 4–1 against the Philadelphia 76ers, earning the franchise its 13th NBA championship.[3] It was the second of the Lakers' three-peat championships to begin the millennium. The Lakers would finish with the then-best postseason record in NBA history, posting a 15–1 record, suffering their only loss in a Game 1 overtime loss to the 76ers in the NBA Finals. That record would last for 16 years until the Golden State Warriors went 16–1 in the 2017 playoffs.

Following the season, Grant re-signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, Rider signed with the Denver Nuggets, Tyronn Lue signed with the Washington Wizards and Ron Harper retired.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 29 Mark Madsen F  United States Stanford

Roster[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 8 United States Bryant, Kobe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Lower Merion HS (PA)
G 2 United States Fisher, Derek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Arkansas-Little Rock
C 40 United States Foster, Greg 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UTEP
F 17 Canada Fox, Rick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
F 3 United States George, Devean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Augsburg
F/C 54 United States Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Clemson
G 4 United States Harper, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Miami (OH)
F 5 United States Horry, Robert 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Alabama
G 10 United States Lue, Tyronn 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nebraska
F/C 35 United States Madsen, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Stanford
F 14 Ukraine Medvedenko, Slava 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Ukraine
C 34 United States O'Neal, Shaquille 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) LSU
G 12 United States Penberthy, Mike 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) The Master's College
G/F 7 United States Rider, Isaiah 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UNLV
G 20 United States Shaw, Brian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) UC Santa Barbara
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 31–10 25–16 14–10
x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 1 33–8 22–19 16–8
x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 5 31–10 20–21 12–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 6 28–13 22–19 12–12
Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 12 26–15 18–23 17–7
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 378 25 22–19 9–32 9–15
Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 39 11–30 6–35 4–20
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
4 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 5
6 x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 7
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 8
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 11
9 Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
10 Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 14
11 Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 18
12 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 27
13 Vancouver Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35
14 Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 41


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2000–01 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 0–4 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1
Charlotte 4–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Chicago 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 2–1
Cleveland 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0
Denver 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 4–0 1–1
Detroit 4–0 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 4–0 1–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2
Golden State 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Indiana 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 2–0 4–0
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–4 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
Miami 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–0
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 4–0 1–2 4–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
New Jersey 3–1 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
New York 2–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–0
Orlando 3–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Philadelphia 3–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 4–0
Phoenix 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–4 3–1 2–0
Toronto 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–0
Vancouver 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 3–1 0–4 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 2–0
Washington 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2000–01 game log
Total: 56–26 (Home: 31–10; Road: 25–16)
2000–01 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2001 playoff game log
Total: 15–1 (Home: 7–1; Road: 8–0)
2000–01 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-3)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-POR)

Venue Network Tipoff (PST) Recap TV Commentators
1 April 22 Portland 93 Los Angeles 106 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 2:30pm [1] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 April 26 Portland 88 Los Angeles 106 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT 7:30pm [2] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 April 29 Los Angeles 99 Portland 86 3-0 Rose Garden, Portland NBC 2:30pm [3] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins series 3-0

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Sacramento Kings Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-SAC)

Venue Network Tipoff (PST) Recap TV Commentators
1 May 6 Sacramento 105 Los Angeles 108 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 12:00pm [4] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
2 May 8 Sacramento 90 Los Angeles 96 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles TBS 7:30pm [5] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 May 11 Los Angeles 103 Sacramento 81 3-0 ARCO Arena, Sacramento TNT 7:30pm [6] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
4 May 13 Los Angeles 119 Sacramento 113 4-0 ARCO Arena, Sacramento NBC 2:30pm [7] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins series 4–0

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SA-LAL)

Venue Network Tipoff (PST) Recap TV Commentators
1 May 19 Los Angeles 104 San Antonio 90 0-1 Alamodome, San Antonio NBC 3:30pm [8] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 May 21 Los Angeles 88 San Antonio 81 0-2 Alamodome, San Antonio TNT 5:30pm [9] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 May 25 San Antonio 72 Los Angeles 111 0-3 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 6:00pm [10] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
4 May 27 San Antonio 82 Los Angeles 111 0-4 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 2:30pm [11] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins Western Conference Finals series 4–0

NBA Finals[edit]

  • By winning the Finals MVP award, Shaquille O'Neal joined the list of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Tim Duncan as the only players to win the award at least twice. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant have since joined the list. Jordan, Olajuwon, O'Neal, Bryant, James, and Durant are the only six to win the award in back-to-back years. On June 8th 2018, Kevin Durant was added to the list by claiming his second NBA title and winning back-to-back Finals MVP awards.
  • The Lakers at the time had achieved the best ever NBA postseason record of 15-1, sweeping the Western Conference and then sweeping the 76ers after their Game 1 loss in the Finals. On June 12, 2017, the Golden State Warriors had surpassed this feat, as they would go 16-1, after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. It should be noted that the Lakers' postseason record was made before the first round of playoffs was extended to be the best-of-7 format which was implemented in the 2003 NBA Playoffs.

Summary[edit]

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Game 1* Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Wins
Los Angeles (West) 101 98 96 100 108 4
Philadelphia (East) 107 89 91 86 96 1

∗ denotes a game that required overtime.

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 68 68 40.9 .464 .305 .853 5.9 5.0 1.68 .63 28.5
Derek Fisher 20 20 35.5 .412 .397 .806 3.0 4.4 1.95 .10 11.5
Greg Foster 62 8 7.3 .421 .333 .714 1.8 .5 .15 .19 2.0
Rick Fox 82 77 27.9 .444 .393 .779 4.0 3.2 .85 .35 9.6
Devean George 59 1 10.1 .309 .221 .709 1.9 .3 .25 .25 3.1
Horace Grant 77 77 31.0 .462 .000 .775 7.1 1.6 .66 .79 8.5
Ron Harper 47 46 24.2 .469 .264 .708 3.5 2.4 .83 .53 6.5
Robert Horry 79 1 20.1 .387 .346 .711 3.7 1.6 .68 .68 5.2
Tyronn Lue 38 1 12.3 .427 .324 .792 .8 1.2 .50 .00 3.4
Mark Madsen 70 3 9.2 .487 1.000 .703 2.2 .3 .11 .11 2.0
Slava Medvedenko 7 0 5.6 .480 1.000 .583 1.3 .3 .14 .14 4.6
Shaquille O'Neal 74 74 39.5 .572 .000 .513 12.7 3.7 .64 2.76 28.7
Mike Penberthy 53 0 16.1 .414 .396 .903 1.2 1.3 .42 .04 5.0
Isaiah Rider 67 6 18.0 .426 .370 .855 2.3 1.7 .40 .10 7.6
Brian Shaw 80 28 22.9 .399 .311 .797 3.8 3.2 .61 .34 5.3

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 16 16 43.4 .469 .324 .821 7.3 6.1 1.56 .75 29.4
Derek Fisher 16 16 36.0 .484 .515 .765 3.8 3.0 1.31 .06 13.4
Greg Foster 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .00 .00 .0
Rick Fox 16 16 35.8 .450 .316 .867 4.9 3.6 1.94 .44 10.0
Devean George 7 0 3.9 .500 .500 .500 .7 .1 .00 .00 2.0
Horace Grant 16 16 26.4 .385 .000 .733 6.0 1.2 .94 .81 6.0
Ron Harper 6 0 7.0 .500 .250 .667 1.3 .7 .67 .17 2.2
Robert Horry 16 0 23.9 .368 .362 .591 5.2 1.9 1.38 1.00 5.9
Tyronn Lue 15 0 8.7 .345 .385 .800 .7 .7 .80 .07 1.9
Mark Madsen 13 0 3.7 .077 .000 .600 .8 .3 .00 .15 .4
Shaquille O'Neal 16 16 42.3 .555 .000 .525 15.4 3.2 .44 2.38 30.4
Brian Shaw 16 0 18.1 .375 .345 .667 3.4 2.7 .63 .06 4.4

Award winners[edit]

  • Kobe Bryant, All-NBA Second Team
  • Kobe Bryant, All-NBA Defensive Second Team
  • Shaquille O'Neal, Center, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • Shaquille O'Neal, League Leader, FG%, 57.2
  • Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA First Team
  • Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA Defensive Second Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers
  2. ^ "Lakers Move Forward". Los Angeles Times. September 21, 2000. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Baq to Baq". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2001. Retrieved August 22, 2017.