THE 2003-04 LAKERS

We Witnessed: The 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers

Title: An Oral History of the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers, , the 1st Super Team

Publisher: The Bleacher Report

Published: May 26, 2015

Featuring Mitch Kupchak, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Tayshaun Prince, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, Chauncey Billups, Kareem Rush, Devean George, Jeanie Buss, Luke Walton and John Black.

Summary: After the Lakers’ bid to win four straight championships fell short with a second-round loss to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in 2003, the franchise appeared to solidify its chance of claiming another trophy when future Hall of Famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone elected to sign free-agent contracts far below their market value that summer in order to win the one honor that had eluded them—a title.


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