2010 NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
In the 2010 season, one challenger after another tried to knock the Los Angeles Lakers off their NBA throne. But in the end, the Lakers reigned supreme once again, winning their 16th NBA championship in a drive that culminated with an NBA Finals triumph over the arch-rival Boston Celtics, led by Finals MVP Kobe Bryant. From the start of the season, the Lakers focused on their goal of repeating as champions. With Kobe delivering a string of game-winning shots, along with the emergence of All-Star big man Pau Gasol, and a strong supporting cast, the Lakers finished with the best record in the West. In the playoffs, L.A. survived a challenge from up and coming Oklahoma City, swept past Utah, and held off Phoenix to set up a rematch with the team that defeated them in the 2008 Finals, the Boston Celtics. In the latest chapter of the leagues greatest rivalry, the Lakers battled their way past Boston in a thrilling 7 game series to earn redemption, as Kobe won his fifth championship ring, and Phil Jackson his record 11th as a head coach. Relive the Lakers stirring run to glory on this action-packed DVD. You ll get the inside story of the NBA champs with exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews, along with fantastic highlights of their championship season and also exciting bonus features. Enjoy the ride as the Lakers complete the road to a repeat.
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The 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers season, and what I remember: Kobe's memorable game winners and his playing thru injuries; worrying about Ron Artest and for months wondering if we should've kept Ariza; Bynum's showing what he's made of, playing his bum knee in the playoffs; Gasol and Fish, steady as bedrock; Odom becoming a reality show star, doing commercials; Shannon's stinking it up at the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest; foam fingers being thrown on the Staples Center floor during that disastrous Christmas game against Cleveland; the first round scare against Oklahoma City, Kobe's amazing Game 6 performance in the Western Conference Finals and a pat on the bum of Suns coach Alvin Gentry; and the 2010 NBA Champs goofing around on the Jimmy Kimmel show. But can I talk about the NBA Finals Game Seven? That tooth-and-nail contested Game Seven?
I've never hated the Boston Celtics more, never respected the Celtics more. I went to this game, blew a paycheck and sat in the boonies way up high in Staples Center, and the tension was so unbelievably thick. Be careful what you wish for. Laker fans wanted Boston real bad for payback. Boston almost made Laker fans rue the day... again. Someone somewhere coined the perfect phrase right after it was over, remarking that this Game Seven was THE best bad game he'd ever seen, and I couldn't agree more. My heart palpitations couldn't agree more. This was one of the most grueling, most taxing, most nerve-wracking series I have ever sweated thru.
83 to 79, as low a final score as can be. And if you didn't already know who won Game Seven, you'd assume the Celtics took it. The outcome was predicated on stifling defense, and so it's even sweeter that the Lakers beat the Celtics at their own game. No one could buy a bucket, not even the Mamba who had a horrible game and would later admit that he wanted it so bad it got away from him. This game, if nothing else, illustrates that while the NBA may be star driven, it's the team that wins the game. Kobe's teammates had his back, everyone made crucial plays down the stretch, even Sasha. Geez, how clutch is Fisher? How crazy entertaining is Artest? How much does Gasol resemble a stork?
The bonus stuff on last year's 2008-2009 NBA CHAMPIONS DVD kicks this DVD's bonus stuff to the curb. Disappointingly, the bonus stuff here doesn't exclusively feature the Lakers, but rather the NBA teams in the 2010 playoffs. We see the very brief promotional pieces which ran thru the 2010 NBA playoffs as various NBA stars give sound bytes regarding this theme and that theme ("Belief," "Unity," "The Journey," and "Dream"). In "Sounds of the Playoffs" we get sight and sound footage of selected playoff teams as they go thru the 1st Round (00:04:42 minutes) and the Conference Semi-Finals (but no Lakers-Jazz, 00:03:52). And when we get to the Conference Finals, it features only the Boston-Orlando series (0:03:00); and then we get the top ten plays of the year, with Kobe garnering two of the plays (00:02:26). I was hoping Artest's disarmingly insane post-game interview at the dais would be included, or at least the immediate post-game interview he conducted with Doris What's-Her-Face in which he thanked his 'hood and his psychiatrist and then promoted his single... but nah. These are incredibly lame bonus features.
The 'special features' (I have to put that in quotations as they're hardly worth mentioning) are what makes this DVD truly not worth it. Last year's edition, as you'll notice from my review, had tons of special features on it that centered on the Lakers and were very enjoyable. This edition's features are mostly recaps and highlights of OTHER teams from the playoffs. There's pretty much not a single feature that's worth watching, they're all just highlight reels of other playoff teams, recaps, and promo stuff. Very disappointing.
Even the main menu and interface is low budget and looks like a porn studio assembled it. The background music is god awful and made me hurry to put the next crappy feature on to stop playing the song.
Overall this isn't worth buying, unless you're a massive Lakers (or Kobe) fan. Even then I was still disappointed. Just rent it from Netflix if possible. You're not missing much.
as NBA champions. It shows what happened in the regular season, playoffs and finals. If you are a Laker fan
I strongly reccomend purchasing this DVD if you have the money.
The best way to describe this is that it's an upgraded re-hash of the special ESPN did on the Lakers during the 09-10 season with some Playoff/Finals footage. One thing that really surprised me about it is that it doesn't have the NBA holographic seal that all NBA products come with these days.
The picture quality is crap. If you have a HDTV it sits in a little box in the middle of your screen. Yes, I could have stretched it to fit the screen however I tend to watch things as they are (stretching the picture could decrease the quality).
The only reason is gets 2 stars is because, well, it the LAKERS and they beat boston for the championship. Had it been any other team it would have received the 1 star it deserves.
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Must have DVD for Lakers fans...
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