2010 NBA Finals: One On Five Won’t Work, Who’s Got Kobe Bryant’s Back Tonight?

The great Michael Jordan always had Scottie Pippen for his championship runs.

A side kick to the greatest player of all time, Pippen was a seven time All Star and eight time All-Defensive NBA First Teamer himself.

But team's win championships, not individuals.  

The Bulls had one of the greatest rebounding forwards in the game in Dennis Rodman and two great shooters in Steve Kerr and Toni Kukoc.

The list continues, but that will suffice for now.

The greatest playing now?  Kobe Bryant had Shaq (or Shaq had Kobe, depending on your opinion) for his three-peat, when the duo quickly became regarded as the best one-two punch in the league.

But those championship teams had great chemistry and were deep: Derrick Fisher, Brian Shaw, Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Horace Grant, Devean George, and of course the dancing legend, Mark Madsen.

Now Kobe's got Pau Gasol and...

I last wrote that the decision to sign Ron Artest and let Trevor Ariza go last season may end up costing the Lakers this series.

It would also cost Kobe (and Fish) a chance to tie Magic Johnson with five rings, and on top of all that do it against the Celtics, the team that beat the Lakers in the 2008 Finals.

To spare you the recount and cut the story short, both Artest and Ariza signed contracts earning both forwards the same salary for the 2009-2010 season.

They also gave Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic nice contracts.

Luke's playing like he doesn't care, and the self-proclaimed "machine" definitely needs more than an oil change (Jerry Buss probably has the closest junk yard on speed dial).

Lamar is playing too soft and too hesitantly; not playing close to his potential against a team that doesn't really have anybody that can guard him if he's aggressive. 

I'll give Andrew Bynum credit.  Last game he went for 9 points and 10 boards...

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