Conspiracy or comeback? Did L.A. Lakers really win game seven of 2000 Western Conference Finals versus Portland Blazers?
Portland claims conspiracy. Los Angeles claims comeback.
Nine years has done little to ease the controversy surrounding game seven of the 2000 Western Conference Finals between the Blazers and Lakers.
Here’s a refresher on the circumstances. Heading into the fourth quarter of the deciding game, the Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, and Shaquille O’Neal–led Lakers were down double-figures to a deep and talented Blazer squad.
Then things get murky. ‘Rip City’ has always felt the league ‘instructed’ the refs to help L.A. with several generous calls. Call it an Oliver Stone-David Stern style conspiracy. After all, big markets winning championships is good for the business of basketball.
Of course, the purple-and-gold nation believes Portland is suffering sour grapes. They claim their club mounted a miracle comeback, legitimately reversing a sixteen-point deficit to advance to the NBA Finals.
Whatever your perspective, the game was significant for both organizations. The Lakers, after their Western Conference win, went on to capture three straight NBA Titles. Meanwhile, the Blazers self-destructed, gaining notoriety for technical fouls, arrests, and practice donnybrooks.
What do you think: conspiracy or comeback? Is this the year fourth-seeded Portland finally gets revenge on first-seeded Los Angeles? Watch the clip and let us know in the comment box below.
Part of this article was used before by the writer in article that appeared on HoopsVibe. Photo courtesy of thedanger23.