Lakers win 16th NBA title; Bryant gets fifth ring, Jackson could return
An 83-79 win over the Boston Celtics brought the 2010 NBA championship to the Los Angeles Lakers. They are showing their dominance in the league with this second win of the championship that solidifies last year’s win. This is the 16th total championship win for the Los Angeles Lakers.
With his record 11th NBA championship secured, Phil Jackson was evasive about his future with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He’s in the final year of his contract, with no word about a possible extension. He had said that if the Lakers won their second straight title, it would improve his chances of returning. He turns 65 in September.
“It does improve my chances,” Jackson said after the Lakers’ 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. “That’s a wonderful thing. That’s as much as I’ll talk about it.”
During the trophy presentation, Jackson said he would take some time to mull his future and decide in a week.
Kobe Bryant publicly appealed for Jackson to come back while accepting his finals MVP award for the second consecutive year.
“He knows how bad I want him back. I’ve told him that,” he said. “I’ve been openly blunt about that and told him how much I want him back. Let’s go for it again. Let’s go for it again.”
Kobe Bryant won another ring. He was MVP of the series, too.
The basketball match was very exciting because quarter per quarter, the scores were very very close. During the first round, Boston Celtics initially led the game garnering a 9-point lead over Lakers ending the round with a total score of 23-14.
During the second round, Lakers grabbed the lead over Celtics advancing by 3 points and closing the quarter with a total score of 20 over Celtic’s score of 17. With that 3-point lead, Lakers overall lessened the lead of Celtics by just 6 points.
In the third round, Lakers once again lead the match over Celtics by just a merely 2 points closing the quarter with a total score of 19 vs. Celtics’ score of 17. As of end of third round, Celtics is still leading the game with a total score of 57 as against Lakers’ score of 53. That was a 4 point lead for Celtics.
In the fourth round, the match became intense as it nears the end of the game. Lakers was now pressured to further advance their skills to beat Celtics. Fans cheered heavily for their basketball teams most especially for Lakers who were shouting “Let’s Go Lakers!”
Just before the end of the game, after just about 1 minute 25 seconds remaining in the clock, the total score was 79-81 in favor of Lakers. Everyone kept a close attention as to whether Celtics would make score which would lead to an overtime. Kobe Bryant and his team did their best and further advanced Lakers’ score to 83 when the game ended. Congratulations to Lakers most especially to Kobe Bryant who was named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of this year’s NBA.