Posts Tagged ‘NBA Championships’

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ 2020 championship put the franchise in a tie with the Boston Celtics for the most titles in NBA history, but controlling owner Jeanie Buss isn’t satisfied yet.

Buss told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that in carrying on the legacy of her late father, Dr. Jerry Buss, she’s determined to see the Lakers take the lead over the Celtics in championships.

“When he started, he wanted to take on the Boston Celtics and all the winning they had done,” Jeanie said. “Now, with ring No. 17, we’re tied with the Celtics in terms of winning (championships). That’s what he set out to do. And certainly the work is not done yet. We have to continue that quest, and we’ll do so.”

The Celtics had an opportunity to surpass the Lakers last season, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years. However, they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

The Lakers failed to reach the playoffs last season after finishing 33-49.

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has no problem admitting L.A. will always be a “Lakers town,” but he does have an issue with the Lakers taking credit for the five NBA titles the franchise won when based in Minneapolis.

“They have how many titles that they’ve won here? You know, they claim them all, but they only won a certain amount here,” Rivers told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. “I will say that. That actually bugs me a little bit. … Having said that, that’s generations of loyalty.”

The Clippers have played second fiddle to the Lakers since relocating from San Diego in 1984. They’ve had 24 losing seasons in 35 years and never reached the conference finals. 

But after the offseason additions of superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers have never been better positioned to end that drought. If the Clippers can fulfill their championship aspirations this season, Rivers hopes it’ll usher in a new era all their own.

“I look at us as, we’re creating our own movement. … We’re not trying to take away shine from the other,” Rivers said. “We’ve got our own thing going. I never thought we could get our own thing going. That was what I was so frustrated with being here. And now we got our own thing going.”

The Lakers and Clippers square off in an opening-night battle Tuesday at the Staples Center.

The San Antonio Spurs captured their fifth NBA title with a dominant victory over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, getting Tim Duncan his fifth ring, matching the five belonging to Kobe Bryant, tops in the post-Michael Jordan era.

Ever the competitor, Kobe took notice, and wants no part of watching Duncan win his sixth, passing Kobe, offering up this comment in an interview with ESPN on Monday, via Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.

“If you ask me if I’m okay with Tim doing it, I’m not,” Bryant said. “I’m not okay with that.”

 The road back to the Finals looks to be a tough one for Kobe. The Lakers are coming off a dismal season which has them in the lottery, they have only four players under contract, and they don’t even have a coach.

Meanwhile, Duncan is going to be in a great situation again next season, assuming he and Gregg Popovich do stick in San Antonio for another year.