2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Lakers' 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 41st in the city of Los Angeles. 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 twelfth NBA championship. During the offseason, the Lakers acquired Horace Grant from the Seattle SuperSonics. 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. 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

Roster

Roster listing
2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
SG8Bryant, Kobe6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)205 lb (93 kg)1978–08–23Lower Merion HS
PG2Fisher, Derek6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)210 lb (95 kg)1974–08–09Arkansas-Little Rock
C40Foster, Greg6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)240 lb (109 kg)1968–10–03UTEP
SF17Fox, Rick6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (104 kg)1969–07–24North Carolina
SF3George, Devean6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)235 lb (107 kg)1977–08–29Augsburg
PF54Grant, Horace6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)245 lb (111 kg)1965–07–04Clemson
PG4Harper, Ron6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)185 lb (84 kg)1964–01–20Miami (OH)
PF5Horry, Robert6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)240 lb (109 kg)1970–08–25Alabama
PG10Lue, Tyronn6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)175 lb (79 kg)1977–05–03Nebraska
PF35Madsen, Mark6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)240 lb (109 kg)1976–01–28Stanford
F14Medvedenko, Slava6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)253 lb (115 kg)1979–04–04Ukraine
C34O'Neal, Shaquille7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)325 lb (147 kg)1972–03–06LSU
PG12Penberthy, Mike6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)180 lb (82 kg)1974–11–29The Master's College
SG7Rider, Isaiah6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)215 lb (98 kg)1971–03–12UNLV
SG20Shaw, Brian6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)190 lb (86 kg)1966–03–22UC Santa Barbara
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last transaction: 2000–10–02

Regular season

Season standings


Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

2000–01 game log
Total: 56–26 (Home: 31–10; Road: 25–16)
October: 1–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 1–0)
November : 10–5 (Home: 7–1; Road: 3–4)
December : 11–5 (Home: 5–3; Road: 6–2)
January : 6–6 (Home: 5–2; Road: 1–4)
February : 9–3 (Home: 5–0; Road: 4–3)
March : 11–6 (Home: 5–3; Road: 6–3)
April : 8–1 (Home: 4–1; Road: 4–0)
2000–01 season schedule

Playoffs

2001 playoff game log
Total: 15–1 (Home: 7–1; Road: 8–0)
First Round: 3–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 1–0)
Conference Semifinals : 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
Conference Finals : 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
NBA Finals : 4–1 (Home: 1–1; Road: 3–0)
2000–01 season schedule

Playoffs

West First Round

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

West Conference Semifinals

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

West Conference Finals

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

NBA Finals

  • 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. 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

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

TeamGame 1*Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Wins
Los Angeles (West)10198961001084
Philadelphia (East)107899186961

∗ denotes a game that required overtime.

Player statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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

Playoffs

Award winners

  • 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
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