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|2002 NBA Finals Los Angeles Lakers Championship Video|
Actors: Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant
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Three Years... No Improvement
Drew | California | 11/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Three years, no improvement. No, not the Lakers, I'm talking about this horrible NBA Finals package. I own the DVD of the first Championship title of 1999-2000, and I am sad to say that their has been virtually no improvement in the quality of this product.Most noticeable to those like me who have the other DVD will immediately notice that they have "recycled" some of the bad keyboard music featured before. Also, at barely 60 mins, they are still doing a VHS-to-DVD conversion, which is frustrating considering that you could cram 3, maybe 4 hours of Lakers footage on the DVD format.The Western Conference Finals vs. Sacramento is the sole reason I bought the DVD. For the third year in a row, the Conference Finals were acknowledged by everyone as the true NBA Finals, yet the people behind this product do a shabby job of covering the finals and focusing instead on the boring NBA Finals vs. New Jersey Nets. I could really do without the wacked-out Nets fans: the psycho guy with the veins bulging out of his neck and face screaming "NO THREE-PEAT TONIGHT LAKERS! NO THREE-PEAT TONIGHT!" or the moron with the red wig and stockings on his arms chanting "N-E-T-S, NETS, NETS, NETS!", or even the sight of that guy who jumps up into the camera wearing that HORRIFIC green sweater. There is about 30 minutes of this nonsense, and I actually sat through it hoping to see something that would make me happy I bought this DVD.Getting back to the Sacramento series. So much is cut out! First of all, NO MENTION of Kobe Bryant's food poisoning between games 1 and 2. NO MENTION that Shaq is hobbling around after the games from the pain in his foot. The trash talk, one of the highlights of the rivalry, only occurs during one quick scene between Robert Horry and Vlade Divac over the game-winning 3. Those 20 seconds of Robert Horry manage to make the DVD worth buying, though.Speaking of Horry, one thing I really liked about this DVD that isn't in the other one is that they play the 2 big game-winning Horry shots (against Portland and Sacramento) in real-time as they were broadcast by NBC. What sort of messes this up for me is that they dub the ESPN announcers over the NBC footage, which is annoying because I HATE THE ESPN ANNOUNCERS! It's obvious the guy (sorry, forgot his name) hates the Lakers! Pay attention to the sound bytes and you will notice he is always rooting for the other team. Example, Lakers down big in game 4, and he starts comparing the Kings beating the Lakers to the Michael Jordan Bulls beating the Detroit Pistons way back in the early 90's. The Kings are no Bulls, not in a million years, but they are full of Bull(you-know-what).Please, if the people who make these DVDs are reading this, try to take advantage of the DVD format. Make the program longer, add better special features (sorry, but Samake Walker and Brian Shaw fishing? ZZZ) and put the emphasis on the Conference Finals, because the Finals, and the East for that matter, are a joke."
Two dvd's Two mistakes
Shlomo Goland | Naharia, Israel | 09/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Its bad enough to make a mistake in the 2000 championship video by focusing on the finals rather the western cnference finals wich were the most thrilling.
On that I can forgive because the finals against indiana still looked like a finals series.
But on this dvd what excuse did the nba producers had to even mention the pitiful finals that occured between the lakers and the nets?
they describe shortly the great lakers-kings match and focus against the practice games vs. nets, even the lakers-blazers match was a thriller compaired to the finals.
I was really dissapointed and I think the nba producers should be replaced by others wich have more creative minds.
Nonetheless, anyone who loves basketball should love this dvd wich is good until the finals scene starts.
The covarage of the western finals are short but very intersting."
The NBA's newest dynasty!!!
Continental Op | San Clemente, CA USA | 09/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...Secondly, this DVD is for LAKER FANS ONLY!!! It is true that the 2002 NBA Finals were a travesty of a joke of a series. L.A. crushed New Jersey like little bugs.The real meat and potatoes is the Western Conference Finals where the valiant Lakers defeated the cowardly Sacramento Kings.
C-Webb ("the franchise player") was nothing but a chump in the Game 7 overtime period (he took only one shot!). He looked better calling that non-existent time-out during his college days with Michigan! ... And Mateen Cleaves needs to realize that while he was a good college player at Michigan State, in the pros he's merely Mike Bibby's .... Mateen's "inspirational" speech during the team huddle prior to the overtime of Game 7 is an absolute joke! NO ONE paid ANY attention to him! HA! FYI: Bibby was the only one on the Kings to play with any guts or desire.As for my beloved Lakers, what can you say that hasn't already been said about Shaq, Kobe, Robert Horry..., Rick Fox ..., Derek Fisher ..., Phil Jackson (the NBA's all-time greatest coach), and *my personal fav* Mark Madsen? Hey, I would LUUUUV to be the goofy white guy who sits on the bench all year long and then gets to dance like a ?The special features here are a mixed bag. This DVD has a couple of interesting documentaries about Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant (which compares him to MJ, so you Kobe-haters will probably gag when you see it), some so-so stuff on Robert Horry and Derek Fisher, as well as some pretty ... footage of Brian Shaw and Samaki Walker fishing with a bunch of kids. We really need a better back-up center than Samaki. ...On a more serious note, I hope that the Lakers' championship DVD for 2002-2003 has something about the splendid career of the late, great Chick Hearn. He was an icon for all of sports broadcasting and will be greatly missed."
Great DVD and lots of great bonus features.
phatboy000 | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is GREAT. A MUST if you are a Laker fan because it recaps the entire Laker season, the ups and downs, and goes through each game of the playoffs. All I have to say to yuvallica is don't be jealous because the Kings can't step up to the pressure and knock down shots, especially free throws, in the clutch 7th game. Wow the fans must have had it hard to lose the 7th game of the Western Conference Finals at home, since it hasn't been done in 30 years!! Maybe the Kings will win it next year, if Kobe and Shaq retire!!"