On This Date in NBA History: June 4, The 2000 Lakers Won Western Conference Finals

Apr 10, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) high fives fans after scoring 47 points against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

2000 – In an 89-84 Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers moved on to the franchise’s first of three consecutive NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant was a quadruple-threat for Los Angeles that night as he led the Lakers in points, rebounds, assists and blocks in the decisive game.

With all of the news swirling about the Clippers, the Lakers have fallen under the radar. They have very few players under contract, so it will truly be a rebuilding venture for the former leaders of the Western Conference. There is no Shaquille O’Neal to save the Lakers this time around, so we will see if LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love wants to play at Staples Center.

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