2000 NBA Finals

The 2000 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1999–2000 season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the series, his first of three consecutive honors.[1] The series was played under a best-of-seven format, with the Lakers holding home court advantage. Until 2008, this was the most recent NBA Finals where both number one seeds from both conferences faced off in the finals.

2000 NBA Finals
2000NBAFinals
TeamCoachWins
Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson 4
Indiana Pacers Larry Bird 2
DatesJune 7–19
MVPShaquille O'Neal
(Los Angeles Lakers)
TelevisionNBC (U.S.)
AnnouncersBob Costas and Doug Collins
Radio networkESPN
AnnouncersBrent Musburger and Jack Ramsay
Referees
Game 1:Dan Crawford, Jack Nies, Terry Durham
Game 2:Joe Crawford, Bennett Salvatore, Eddie F. Rush
Game 3:Ron Garretson, Bernie Fryer, Hugh Evans
Game 4:Dick Bavetta, Steve Javie, Ronnie Nunn
Game 5:Bennett Salvatore, Jack Nies, Dan Crawford
Game 6:Hugh Evans, Ron Garretson, Joe Crawford
Hall of FamersLakers:
Shaquille O'Neal (2016)
Pacers:
Chris Mullin (2011)
Reggie Miller (2012)
Coaches:
Larry Bird (1998, player)
Phil Jackson (2007)
Tex Winter (2011)
Officials:
Dick Bavetta (2015)
Eastern FinalsPacers defeat Knicks, 4–2
Western FinalsLakers defeat Trail Blazers, 4–3

Background

Los Angeles Lakers

Although the Lakers were one of the more talented teams in the NBA the previous year, they failed to win a single game against the San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 NBA playoffs. Twenty-four days after being swept by the eventual league champion, the Lakers signed Phil Jackson as head coach. Jackson, famous for coaching Michael Jordan and the six-time champion Chicago Bulls, would build his triangle offense around Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. General Manager Jerry West surrounded O'Neal and Bryant with effective role players such as Glen Rice, Ron Harper (who had experience with Jackson's triangle offense as part of the 1996–1998 Bulls),[2] and A. C. Green (member of the last two Lakers championship teams).[3]

Along with these starters, the Lakers also possessed a strong bench. Robert Horry not only had championship experience with the Houston Rockets but also was a threat on the perimeter and a defensive star.[4] Derek Fisher was a defensively minded point-guard with the ability to shoot well from long range. Rick Fox, acquired after being released by the Boston Celtics,[5] was the Lakers' sixth man. With a healthy O'Neal, the Lakers dominated the regular season, with winning streaks of 11, 16, and 19 en route to a 67–15 record, tying the 1992 Chicago Bulls and 1986 Boston Celtics as the fifth best record in NBA regular season history.

Although many expected the Lakers to reach the Finals, the road would be a rocky one. In the first round, the Lakers won the first two games against the Sacramento Kings, only to drop the next two games in Sacramento.[6] The Lakers then defeated Sacramento in Game 5, 113–86, to face the Phoenix Suns in the conference semifinals.[7] The Lakers clobbered the Suns, winning the series 4–1 (with their only loss coming in Game 4).[8][9] In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rasheed Wallace earned two technical fouls and was ejected; the Lakers took advantage of Wallace's absence and secured victory.[10] The Trail Blazers stormed back in the next game, giving the Lakers their worst home loss of the season in a 106–77 shellacking.[11] This setback did not affect Los Angeles, as they assembled a 3–1 series lead by winning the next two games in Portland.[12] The Lakers underestimated the Trail Blazers, however. Led by former Jackson linchpin Scottie Pippen, Portland won back-to-back elimination games and forced a series-deciding Game 7.[13][14] Amid several controversial foul calls by referee Dick Bavetta against members of the Trail Blazers,[15] Portland relinquished a 75–60 fourth quarter lead.[16] Rallying back with a 25–4 run, the Lakers won the game and secured a berth in the NBA Finals.[17][18]

Indiana Pacers

In the 1997–1998 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls narrowly defeated the Pacers, 4 games to 3, in the Eastern Conference Finals.[19] The 1998–1999 NBA season began with a lockout but saw Indiana return to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the New York Knicks.[20] The 1999–2000 NBA season brought several major changes to the Pacers. It was their first season at Conseco Fieldhouse,[21] as well as their first since 1993 without center Antonio Davis, who was traded for the rights to the No. 5 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.[22] Jalen Rose replaced Chris Mullin in the starting line up, winning the NBA Most Improved Player award,[23] while Austin Croshere replaced him as the sixth man.[24]

The Pacers started the season 7–7 but eventually finished with an Eastern Conference best 56–26 record, including a franchise-best 25 game win streak at home.[25] The Pacers, like the Lakers, struggled in the playoffs. They needed a clutch Travis Best three-pointer to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks in five games.[26] Indiana faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round and took the series in six games, earning a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.[27] The Pacers would face their rival Knicks,[28] winning a memorable six game series in a reversal of fortunes from years past.[29] With the victory, Indiana advanced to the first NBA Finals in franchise history, becoming the second former ABA team to do so.

Road to the Finals

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference champion) Indiana Pacers (Eastern Conference champion)
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 67 15 .817
2 y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 12
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 8
4 x-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 14
5 x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 14
6 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 17
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 22
8 x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 23
9 Dallas Mavericks 40 42 .488 27
10 Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 32
11 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 33
12 Vancouver Grizzlies 22 60 .268 45
13 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 48
14 Los Angeles Clippers 15 67 .183 52

1st seed in the West, best league record

Regular season
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Indiana Pacers 56 26 .683
2 y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 4
3 x-New York Knicks 50 32 .610 6
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7
5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 49 33 .598 7
6 x-Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11
7 x-Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14
8 x-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14
9 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 15
10 Boston Celtics 35 47 .427 21
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24
12 New Jersey Nets 31 51 .378 25
13 Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 27
14 Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 28
15 Chicago Bulls 17 65 .207 39
1st seed in the East, 3rd best league record
Defeated the (8) Sacramento Kings, 3–2 First Round Defeated the (8) Milwaukee Bucks, 3–2
Defeated the (5) Phoenix Suns, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Philadelphia 76ers, 4–2
Defeated the (3) Portland Trail Blazers, 4–3 Conference Finals Defeated the (3) New York Knicks, 4–2

Regular season series

Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the home team:

January 14, 2000
Los Angeles Lakers 102, Indiana Pacers 111
March 3, 2000
Indiana Pacers 92, Los Angeles Lakers 107

2000 NBA Finals rosters

Los Angeles Lakers

2000 Los Angeles Lakers Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G/F 8 United States Bryant, Kobe (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Lower Merion HS (PA)
G 11 United States Celestand, John (IN) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Villanova
G 2 United States Fisher, Derek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Little Rock
F 17 Canada Fox, Rick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) North Carolina
F 3 United States George, Devean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Augsburg
F 45 United States Green, A.C. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oregon State
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
C 40 United States Knight, Travis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Connecticut
G 10 United States Lue, Tyronn Injured 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nebraska
C 34 United States O'Neal, Shaquille (C) 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 338 lb (153 kg) LSU
F 41 United States Rice, Glen 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Michigan
F/C 16 United States Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgia Tech
G 20 United States Shaw, Brian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) UC 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: 1999-11-12

Indiana Pacers

2000 Indiana Pacers Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F 24 United States Bender, Jonathan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Picayune Memorial HS (MS)
G 4 United States Best, Travis 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Georgia Tech
F 44 United States Croshere, Austin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Providence
F/C 32 United States Davis, Dale 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Clemson
F/C 10 United States Foster, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 236 lb (107 kg) Texas State
F 3 United States Harrington, Al 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) St. Patrick HS (NJ)
G 13 United States Jackson, Mark 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) St. John's
F 9 United States McKey, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Alabama
G/F 31 United States Miller, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UCLA
G/F 17 United States Mullin, Chris 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) St. John's
F/C 14 United States Perkins, Sam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) North Carolina
G/F 5 United States Rose, Jalen 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Michigan
C 45 Netherlands Smits, Rik 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Marist
C 55 Croatia Tabak, Žan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Series summary

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Game 5. Reggie Miller (right) of the Indiana Pacers attempts a shot against Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant (left).
Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 Wednesday, June 7 Los Angeles Lakers 104–87 (1–0) Indiana Pacers
Game 2 Friday, June 9 Los Angeles Lakers 111–104 (2–0) Indiana Pacers
Game 3 Sunday, June 11 Indiana Pacers 100–91 (1–2) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 4 Wednesday, June 14 Indiana Pacers 118–120 OT (1–3) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 5 Friday, June 16 Indiana Pacers 120–87 (2–3) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 6 Monday, June 19 Los Angeles Lakers 116–111 (4–2) Indiana Pacers

The Finals were played using a 2–3–2 site format, where the team with home court advantage would receive the first two games and the last two games at home. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. So far, the other playoff series are still running on a 2–2–1–1–1 site format.

This was the second time a Finals game was played on a Monday night since the NBA switched to the Wednesday-Friday-Sunday rotation in 1991. In the previous five series ('92–'94, '96, '98) that needed a Game 6, the game was played on a Sunday. In this series, however, the NBA chose to play the game the Monday night after Father's Day. The previous Finals game played on a Monday night was Game 3 in 1999.

Game 1

June 7
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived February 10, 2001)
Indiana Pacers 87, Los Angeles Lakers 104
Scoring by quarter: 18–33, 25–22, 28–22, 16–27
Pts: Mark Jackson 18
Rebs: Dale Davis 8
Asts: Mark Jackson 7
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 43
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 19
Asts: Bryant, Harper 5 each
Los Angeles leads the series, 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees:
  • No. 43 Dan Crawford
  • No. 35 Jack Nies
  • No. 31 Terry Durham

The Lakers dominated from the start. The Lakers shot 15-for-20 (75%) in the first period while the Pacers shot only 7-for-20 (35%). Reggie Miller would miss all of his shots in the first quarter to give the Lakers a 15-point lead. Austin Croshere came off the bench to keep the Pacers alive in the 2nd quarter, scoring 9 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in the quarter. Although the Pacers attempted a comeback in the 2nd quarter, they were still down by 12. In the 3rd quarter, it would be Mark Jackson who led the Pacers to a comeback, cutting the Lakers lead by 2. Reggie Miller also hit his first field goal in the 3rd quarter, though it would be his last. The Lakers handled the Pacers in the final quarter, with a 13–2 run winning by 17 points. Shaquille O'Neal scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

Game 2

June 9
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived February 10, 2001)
Indiana Pacers 104, Los Angeles Lakers 111
Scoring by quarter: 28–28, 21–24, 20–21, 35–38
Pts: Jalen Rose 30
Rebs: Dale Davis 10
Asts: Mark Jackson 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 40
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 24
Asts: Brian Shaw 7
Los Angeles leads the series, 2–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees:
  • No. 17 Joe Crawford
  • No. 15 Bennett Salvatore
  • No. 32 Ed F. Rush

Los Angeles and Indiana were evenly matched for the first quarter, both scoring 28. However, Los Angeles suffered a major setback when Kobe Bryant left the game in the 1st quarter due to a sprained ankle and did not return. Jalen Rose later admitted that he intentionally stuck out his foot when Kobe shot a jumpshot in order to trip him when he landed.[30][31][32] Ron Harper went in for Bryant and scored 21 points for the game. Desperate to try to gain the lead, Larry Bird resorted to the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Shaq shot 39 free throws, making only 18, an NBA record for most free throws attempted. Despite this low percentage, Shaq made 9 of 16 in the 4th quarter to keep a Lakers lead. The Pacers cut the lead to 99–96 and were looking to foul Shaq, but when Shaq got the ball he passed to Robert Horry who converted not only the layup, but the foul shot as well giving them a 102–96 lead en route to a 111–104 Lakers victory.

Game 3

June 11
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived February 4, 2001)
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Indiana Pacers 100
Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 27–30, 24–26, 25–21
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 33
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Derek Fisher 10
Pts: Reggie Miller 33
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Mark Jackson 6
Los Angeles leads the series, 2–1
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,345
Referees:
  • No. 10 Ron Garretson
  • No. 7 Bernie Fryer
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans

Taking advantage of Kobe Bryant's ankle injury, Indiana restored a semblance of parity to the proceedings. Kobe's absence was felt as the Pacers had an 11–2 run in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. Austin Croshere once again had another huge 2nd quarter, scoring 8 points as the Pacers shot 61% from the field. The Lakers tried to make a run to get back into the game, but upon doings so, Indiana answered with 12 straight points and led by 17. The Lakers were desperate and attempted another run to get within 3 points, but Reggie Miller nailed all his free throws at the end of the game to give Indiana a 9-point win.

Game 4

June 14
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived February 4, 2001)
Los Angeles Lakers 120, Indiana Pacers 118 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 23–33, 28–21, 29–23, 24–27, Overtime: 16–14
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 21
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
Pts: Reggie Miller 35
Rebs: Dale Davis 8
Asts: Mark Jackson 8
Los Angeles leads the series, 3–1
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,345
Referees:
  • No. 27 Dick Bavetta
  • No. 29 Steve Javie
  • No. 34 Ronnie Nunn

The Pacers took a quick 9–2 lead due to Rik Smits hitting his first four shots. Kobe Bryant attempted to play with his sore ankle but only managed to score 6 points in the first half. Even though Bryant and O'Neal were in foul trouble in the first half (each picking up his third with 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter), Indiana could not take advantage and did not extend their lead. This would be a problem as Kobe Bryant scored 10 points and the Lakers took a 62–60 lead due to a Glen Rice three-pointer. The game remained close going into the fourth quarter, when O'Neal and Reggie Miller scored 14 and 13 points respectively, sending the game into overtime. Midway through overtime, O'Neal committed his sixth foul but 21-year-old Bryant delivered three clutch shots, as the Lakers were able to overcome back-up center John Salley's inability to effectively defend Smits. Smits and Miller scored all 14 of Indiana's OT points, but it was not enough to overcome as Miller missed a last-second three-pointer, and L.A. was able to pull one out in Indianapolis. Shaquille O'Neal was the final NBA MVP player to foul out in the NBA Finals until Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors fouled out in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Game 5

June 16
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived February 4, 2001)
Los Angeles Lakers 87, Indiana Pacers 120
Scoring by quarter: 28–39, 17–25, 22–22, 20–34
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 35
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Ron Harper 5
Pts: Jalen Rose 32
Rebs: Austin Croshere 9
Asts: Mark Jackson 7
Los Angeles leads the series, 3–2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,345
Referees:
  • No. 15 Bennett Salvatore
  • No. 35 Jack Nies
  • No. 43 Dan Crawford

Reggie Miller and the Pacers dominated the game from the start in what would be Larry Bird's last game as a coach in the state of Indiana. Reggie Miller came out and made 5 straight shots including a 4-point play. The Pacers hit their first 6 three point shots in the game. The Pacers would have a 20-point lead in the 2nd quarter, and eventually won by 33 – it was the worst Lakers NBA Finals loss since the 148–114 loss to Boston in the 1985 NBA Finals, known as the "Memorial Day Massacre."

With their loss in Game 5, the Lakers record in close-out games dropped to 3–6 in the 2000 NBA Playoffs (the other losses coming in Games 3 and 4 in the first round against Sacramento, Game 4 in the series against Phoenix, and Games 5 and 6 versus Portland). As a result, the series returned to California.

Game 6

June 19
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived February 10, 2001)
Indiana Pacers 111, Los Angeles Lakers 116
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 30–29, 28–26, 27–37
Pts: Jalen Rose 29
Rebs: Dale Davis 14
Asts: Mark Jackson 11
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 41
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Ron Harper 9
Los Angeles wins the series, 4–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 10 Ron Garretson
  • No. 17 Joe Crawford

After the two teams traded blows in the first quarter, Mark Jackson concluded the period with a turn-around half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 26–24 advantage. They would not relinquish their lead until the fourth quarter. In the first half, the Pacers would lead by as many as twelve points. However, the Lakers chipped away and entered intermission trailing 56–53. Indiana added two more points to their lead, and entered the final period in a position to force a decisive seventh game.

In the fourth quarter, the momentum shifted. The Lakers got four timely three-pointers from Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, and Rick Fox. The turning point occurred on a play where Brian Shaw stole the ball from Jalen Rose, leading to a fast break where Shaquille O'Neal hit an off-balance shot to give the Lakers the lead. The Pacers never led after that point.

The Lakers would build a seven-point lead, but the Pacers fought back to tie the score at 103. After a timeout, the Lakers scored six unanswered points to regain control. The Pacers made one final valiant effort, but it fell short and the Lakers clinched their first championship in twelve years. Shaquille O'Neal led all scorers with 41 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds. He was awarded the Finals MVP. [33]

Player statistics

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
Los Angeles Lakers
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 5 5 35.2 .367 .200 .909 4.6 4.2 1.0 1.4 15.6
Derek Fisher 6 0 18.7 .429 .583 .833 1.0 3.8 0.8 0.0 6.0
Rick Fox 6 0 17.3 .611 .625 .867 1.7 1.0 0.5 0.0 6.7
Devean George 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
A. C. Green 6 6 17.2 .571 .000 .857 3.3 0.5 0.2 0.0 5.0
Ron Harper 6 6 30.7 .464 .400 .700 3.3 4.8 1.3 0.2 10.8
Robert Horry 6 0 30.3 .512 .200 .727 5.2 2.8 0.8 1.0 9.2
Travis Knight 4 0 2.3 .667 .000 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3
Shaquille O'Neal 6 6 45.5 .611 .000 .387 16.7 2.3 1.0 2.7 38.0
Glen Rice 6 6 32.2 .400 .632 .650 2.5 1.7 0.8 0.2 11.5
John Salley 4 0 3.3 .667 .000 .000 0.8 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.0
Brian Shaw 6 1 18.8 .216 .000 1.000 2.8 2.8 0.3 0.0 3.0
Indiana Pacers
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jonathan Bender 2 0 3.0 .667 .000 .750 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 3.5
Travis Best 6 0 16.3 .467 .500 .833 1.2 2.2 0.7 0.2 5.8
Austin Croshere 6 0 24.2 .545 .400 .867 6.0 0.8 0.3 1.0 15.2
Dale Davis 6 6 29.5 .575 .000 .545 10.0 1.0 0.3 1.0 8.7
Mark Jackson 6 6 31.0 .413 .400 0.8 5.3 7.7 0.8 0.0 9.7
Derrick McKey 6 0 12.0 .500 .500 .667 3.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 1.8
Reggie Miller 6 6 42.0 .413 .375 .978 2.7 3.7 0.8 0.3 24.3
Chris Mullin 3 0 4.0 .500 .000 .667 .000 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.3
Sam Perkins 6 0 21.8 .379 .478 .750 4.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 6.0
Jalen Rose 6 6 43.2 .467 .500 .833 4.5 3.0 0.8 0.3 23.0
Rik Smits 6 6 19.3 .466 .000 1.000 4.0 0.5 0.5 1.2 10.0
Žan Tabak 3 0 3.7 .500 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7

Aftermath

This was the first NBA championship for the Lakers since 1988. It was also the first major professional sports championship for the city of Los Angeles since that same year, when the Dodgers won the 1988 World Series. This championship came in the Lakers’ first year in their new arena, Staples Center.[34]

The Lakers went on to score a “three-peat” when they won the NBA championship in 2001 and 2002, making them the first team to open a new arena with three straight NBA championships.[35] However, the Lakers were unable to score home-court advantage throughout the playoffs in the latter two, yielding them to the San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings, respectively. In addition, the Lakers were able to beat both of those teams in the Conference Finals. They won the championship over the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, respectively.

As of the 2017–18 season, the series remains the Pacers’ only NBA Finals appearance. The Pacers would rebuild in the subsequent season. Retiring center Rik Smits was replaced by future NBA All-Star Jermaine O'Neal, acquired from Portland in the deal for Dale Davis.[36] Mark Jackson and Chris Mullin both left as free-agents.[37] Larry Bird resigned as head coach; he would later resurface as President of Basketball Operations in 2003.[38] The Pacers continued to make the playoffs every season until 2006, the year after Reggie Miller retired.

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1997 NBA Finals

The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996–97 NBA season. The Western Conference champion Utah Jazz took on the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls for the title, with the Bulls holding home court advantage. The series were played under a best-of-seven format, with the first 2 games in Chicago, the next 3 games in Salt Lake City, and the last 2 games in Chicago.

The Bulls won the series 4 games to 2. For the fifth time in as many Finals appearances, Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP.

Hal Douglas narrated the season-ending documentary for NBA Entertainment. The Bulls and Jazz won a combined 133 regular season games, second most in Finals history. Until 2016, the 1997 NBA Finals was the last to feature teams that won a total of at least 130 regular season games.

1999–2000 NBA season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship, beating the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2 in the 2000 NBA Finals.

1999–2000 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 30th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Blazers acquired All-Star forward Scottie Pippen from the Houston Rockets, Steve Smith from the Atlanta Hawks, and signed free agent Detlef Schrempf. Portland went 59–23, which tied them for the second-highest win percentage in franchise history. Finishing second in the Pacific Division, they earned the #3 seed in the Western Conference on the basis that the 55–27 Utah Jazz won the Midwest Division title. (However, the Blazers enjoyed homecourt advantage over Utah in their second-round playoff series). The Blazers made the playoffs for the 18th consecutive year. Rasheed Wallace was selected to play in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.

In the playoffs, the Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 3–1 in the first-round, and the Jazz 4–1 in the second round. In the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, they came back from a 3–1 series deficit to force Game 7.

Up by 15 points with ten minutes remaining in Game 7, the Blazers suffered a 15–0 run by Los Angeles that tied the score, and the Lakers pulled out an 89–84 victory to advance to the 2000 NBA Finals, where they would go on to defeat the Indiana Pacers in six games to win their 12th NBA championship. This series has been widely criticized for its controversial officiating and many critics of the series feel that the NBA may have tampered with the series and especially with game 7. Following the season, Jermaine O'Neal was traded to the Indiana Pacers, and Brian Grant was dealt to the Miami Heat.

The Blazers did not win another playoff series until May 2, 2014, when Damian Lillard hit a 3-point shot with 0.9 seconds left to beat the Houston Rockets 99–98 in Game 6 of the first round of the 2014 playoffs.

The Blazers would not return to the Western Conference Finals until 2019.

2000 in basketball

The following are the basketball events of the year 2000 throughout the world.

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.

2001 NBA Finals

The 2001 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2000–01 season. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers took on the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers for the championship, with the Lakers holding home-court advantage in a best-of-seven format.

The Lakers won the series 4 games to 1. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.

Allen Iverson scored 48 points in his only NBA Finals victory, as the 76ers took Game 1 107–101 in overtime, handing the Lakers their only loss of the playoffs. However, the Lakers went on to win the next four games, despite being out-shot and out-rebounded in the series. Los Angeles punished Philadelphia with their three-point shooting, which was the key to this series. In Game 3 Robert Horry hit a three-point shot in the last minute, and in the next two games the Lakers used hot 3-point shooting to build big leads and hold off late 76ers comeback attempts in games 4 and 5, pulling away for double-digit wins to win the title.

Austin Croshere

Austin Nathan Croshere (born May 1, 1975) is a retired American professional basketball player who played for five different NBA teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association, and is now a TV broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is an indoor arena located in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It opened in November 1999 to replace Market Square Arena. The arena is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Fieldhouse also hosts college basketball games (including the annual Big Ten Conference tournaments), indoor concerts, and ice hockey.

It was originally named Conseco Fieldhouse, as the naming rights to the venue were sold to Conseco, a financial services organization based in nearby Carmel. In May 2010, the company renamed itself as CNO Financial Group, but the Conseco name was retained by the Fieldhouse. In December 2011, CNO Financial Group changed the name of the Fieldhouse to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, after one of its subsidiaries, Bankers Life and Casualty. The fieldhouse announced on March 13, 2018, that CNO had decided not to renew its naming sponsorship, which will expire on June 30, 2019.Unlike most other North American sports arenas, the Fieldhouse was designed primarily for basketball. The arena can accommodate an NHL-sized rink, but the seating capacity is reduced to 12,300 for ice hockey, as the seating arrangement is asymmetrical.

Chris Mullin

Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach of the St. John's Red Storm. He previously served as special advisor for the Sacramento Kings and general manager of the Golden State Warriors. He is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (in 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"), and in 2011 for his individual career).

Mullin played shooting guard and small forward in the NBA from 1985 to 2001. During his playing time at St. John's University, he was named Big East Player of the Year three times and was a member of the 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team, Mullin was chosen as the seventh pick by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft. He returned to the Olympics in 1992 as a member of the "Dream Team", which was the first American Olympic basketball team to include professional players.

He played with the Warriors from the 1985–86 until the 1996–97 season. Thereafter, Mullin played with the Indiana Pacers from 1997 until the 1999–2000 season. He retired after the 2000–01 season, playing for his original team, the Warriors.

On March 30, 2015, he was named 20th head coach of the St. John's University men's basketball team, his alma mater. On April 9, 2019 he stepped down as the head coach of the St. John's University men's basketball team.

Fab Five (University of Michigan)

The Fab Five were the 1991 University of Michigan men's basketball team recruiting class that is considered by many to be one of the greatest recruiting classes of all time. The class consisted of Detroit natives Chris Webber (#1) and Jalen Rose (#5), Chicago native Juwan Howard (#3), and two recruits from Texas: Plano's Jimmy King (#9) and Austin's Ray Jackson (#84).Their controversial antics on the court garnered much attention from the media. They are the subjects of The Fab Five, which was the highest rated ESPN Films documentary ever produced, were one of the featured teams in the two highest rated NCAA Men's Basketball Championship games ever played in terms of households (although not viewers), and were a marketing juggernaut whose merchandise sales even dwarfed those of the national champion 1988–89 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team.Four McDonald's All-Americans in a single recruiting class stood as an unbroken record until the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game included six members of the entering class for the 2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats team. Four of the five were participants in the 1991 McDonald's All-American Game. Four of the five members went on to play in the NBA.

Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals

Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals was a professional basketball game that was played on June 14, 1998 between the visiting Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center, now known as Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulls won 87–86, winning their sixth NBA championship in eight years. Game 6 was the final game with the Bulls for Michael Jordan and coach Phil Jackson (both would retire from the National Basketball Association (NBA), then eventually return). This game earned, and still holds, the highest TV ratings of an NBA game of all time. Michael Jordan hit a jump shot with 5.2 seconds left in the game to give the Bulls an 87–86 lead. Chicago then held on to win after John Stockton missed a 3-point field goal.

Jalen Rose

Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is a former American professional basketball player, current sports analyst for ESPN, and cofounder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. In college, he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines' "Fab Five" (along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson) that reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as both freshmen and sophomores. Rose played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for six teams, most notably alongside Reggie Miller on the Indiana Pacers teams that made three consecutive Eastern Conference finals, including the 2000 NBA Finals. Rose was primarily a small forward; however, he sometimes played the role of a shooting guard. Currently, he co-hosts Get Up!, a morning sports talk show on ESPN. He was also the one who guarded Kobe Bryant on his 81 point night.

Larry Bird

Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player, former coach, and former executive who most recently served as President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "The Hick from French Lick," Bird has been described as one of the greatest basketball players and greatest shooters of all time.

Drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Bird started at small forward and power forward for the Celtics for 13 seasons. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (1984–1986). He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. Bird was also a member of the gold-medal-winning 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team known as "The Dream Team". He was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame again in 2010 as a member of "The Dream Team".

After retiring as a player, Bird served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. He was named NBA Coach of the Year for the 1997-1998 season and later led the Pacers to a berth in the 2000 NBA Finals. In 2003, Bird was named President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers, holding the position until retiring in 2012. He was named NBA Executive of the Year for the 2012 season. Bird returned to the Pacers as President of Basketball Operations in 2013 and remained in that role until 2017.

As of 2012, Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

List of Indiana Pacers head coaches

The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team began playing in 1967 as a charter member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), and joined the NBA as part of the ABA-NBA merger. The team has played their home games at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse since the 1999–2000 NBA season. The Pacers are owned by Herbert and Melvin Simon, and David Morway is their general manager.There have been 14 head coaches for the Pacers franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Larry Staverman, who coached for two seasons. Bobby Leonard is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season games coached (985), the most regular season game wins (529), the most playoff games coached (116), and the most playoff game wins (69). Leonard is also the only coach to win an ABA championship with the Pacers, with 3 (1970, 1972, 1973). Larry Bird, who coached three seasons with the Pacers, is the Pacers' all-time leader for the highest winning percentage with .687. Bird is also the only coach to win an NBA Eastern Conference championship with the Pacers, but lost the 2000 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Mel Daniels is the only Pacers coach to have coached less than one season. Jack Ramsay and Larry Brown are the only Pacers' coaches to be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Ramsay was also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Jack McKinney and Larry Bird have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, in 1980–81 and 1997–98 respectively, with the Pacers. Dick Versace and Bird have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Pacers. Frank Vogel was named interim head coach after Jim O'Brien was fired midway through the 2010–11 season.

Marv Albert

Marv Albert (born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig; June 12, 1941) is an American sportscaster. Honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he is commonly referred to as "the voice of basketball". From 1967 to 2004, he was also known as "the voice of the New York Knicks". Albert currently works for Turner Sports, serving as lead announcer for NBA games on TNT.

In addition to calling both professional and college basketball, he has experience announcing other sports such as American football, ice hockey, horse racing, boxing, and tennis. Albert has called the play-by-play of eight Super Bowls, NBA Finals, and seven Stanley Cup Finals. He has also called the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for TNT with Jim Courier and Mary Carillo. He also worked as a co-host and reporter for two World Series (1986 and 1988)

Rick Fox

Ulrich Alexander Fox (born July 24, 1969) is a Canadian-Bahamian retired basketball player, actor, businessman, and esports franchise owner. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, and played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Fox is currently a partner at Vision Venture Partners, spearheading the private equity firm's move into professional sports and providing strategic guidance, creative direction and business development support to each of VVP's portfolio companies. He is also the owner of the esports franchise Echo Fox.

Scottie Pippen

Scotty Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965), commonly spelled Scottie Pippen, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Bulls into a championship team and in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s.Considered one of the best small forwards of all time, Pippen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–97 season, and is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Chicago Bulls (the others being Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, and Michael Jordan). He played a main role on both the 1992 Chicago Bulls Championship team and the 1996 Chicago Bulls Championship team which were selected as two of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History. His biography on the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's website states, "The multidimensional Pippen ran the court like a point guard, attacked the boards like a power forward, and swished the nets like a shooting guard." During his 17-year career, he played 12 seasons with the Bulls, one with the Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Blazers, making the postseason sixteen straight times.

Pippen is the only NBA player to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice (1992, 1996). He was a part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" which beat its opponents by an average of 44 points. Pippen was also a key figure in the 1996 Olympic team, alongside former Dream Team members Karl Malone, John Stockton, and Charles Barkley as well as newer faces such as Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Grant Hill. He wore number 8 during both years.

Pippen is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (for his individual career, and as a member of the "Dream Team"), having been inducted for both on August 13, 2010. On December 8, 2005, the Chicago Bulls retired his number #33, while his college, University of Central Arkansas, retired his number #33 on January 21, 2010, as well.

Travis Best

Travis Best, (born July 12, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player, who played in the NBA and in Europe.

Žan Tabak

Žan Tabak (born June 15, 1970) is a Croatian former professional basketball player and a current head coach. His basketball career, spanning twenty years, was marked by several notable achievements, despite injuries. He was the first international player to play in the NBA Finals for two teams. Zan Tabak averaged 5.0 points in his 6-year NBA career.

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