When Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1996-97 season, expectations were high that they would form the backbone of the next great Laker championship team. Unfortunately, spectacular ta... more »lent doesn't always yield spectacular results, and after the team was swept out of the 1998 and 1999 playoffs, Lakers management brought in the ultimate coach: Phil Jackson, who won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. Once again the Lakers were expected to win it all. This official NBA championship video follows the Lakers' exciting 1999-2000 season as they overcame an early injury to Bryant to post the most wins (67) in the NBA. Under Jackson's guidance, O'Neal improved his focus, conditioning, and maturity to become the dominant player in the game and win the MVP award. In the playoffs, the Lakers struggled a bit against the Sacramento Kings, the Phoenix Suns, and the deep and talented Portland Trail Blazers, but they survived and moved on to the NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers. The second half of the video covers this "Hoosiers against Hollywood" series, with game film as well as glimpses of postgame press conferences and the Lakers' locker room and training room. Also included are footage of the Lakers' victory celebrations in the locker room and back in L.A., and a music video of Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." Laker fans will find this a memorable souvenir of what may be merely the first step of the next basketball dynasty. --David Horiuchi« less
Genres:Sports Sub-Genres:Basketball Studio:Polygram USA Video Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 11/21/2000 Original Release Date: 01/01/2000 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000 Release Year: 2000 Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 2 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
Mariano N. Capalbo | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 01/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all : I'm not a Lakers fan. I bought this DVD because I love basketball and from the first day i had my DVD Player i wanted to have NBA DVDs. This Edition is a must have for Lakers fans. You have everything : from the regular season to the finals, the parade in LA, featurettes on Kobe, Shaq, Phil Jackson and Ron Harper. One of the things i like the most is the Top 10 plays of the 99-00 season. Maybe I would have liked to have more of the regular season and not so much focus on the finals (you can watch a resume of every game). The image is really good and you have a nice 5.1 mix."
Needs more coverage of Lakers vs Blazers...
Christopher S. J. Ong | Singapore | 10/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For most basketball fans - particularly Lakers fans - the pivotal series of the 1999-2000 season was the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and the Blazers. While this video understandably focused on the actual Finals between the Lakers and Pacers, one wishes that there was more coverage of the Lakers-Blazers series, especially the astonishing 15-0 run that brought the Lakers back from the brink of humiliating homecourt extinction in Game 7...If only the NBA would take advantage of the DVD format, and come out with a COMPREHENSIVE commemorative disc with more game highlights, and options to switch between the disc's soundtrack and actual game commentaries...now THAT would be something to celebrate!"
An avid Lakers fan
calvinist_hobbesian | Chicago, IL USA | 08/09/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Better than I expected, but still disappointing. Given the fact that it's made from NBA types (i.e. the guys who produce Inside Stuff or whatever that Ahmad hosted program is), it's better than you'd think. There is still some annoying music here and there, but at least it's somewhat substantive. My main complaint though is that they absolutely pay no attention to critical junctures of the regular season. All Lakers fans know that some highlights of the season included two big wins versus Portland (the first being after Kobe's return with his sweet block of Pippen's layup, the second being that crucial game in February), and a big east coast swing where the Lakers destroyed Miami and New York. But alas, these significant moments weren't even addressed. I guess the title of the video is NBA Finals 2000, so it's understandable why they focused on the Finals. But I think I speak for most die-hard Lakers fans when I say that the Lakers-Pacers series was NOT the highlight of the season, and definitely (aside from the celebrating, obviously) was not the most exciting part of the season. If you're a Lakers fan, you have to like it and will buy it I guess. I wish somebody else could have the rights to do a real documentary. I mean somebody outside the reach of the official NBA with its chokehold on all things proprietary."
calvinist_hobbesian | 07/28/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Come on now...I am a die hard Laker fan and having to watch this video wasn't what I expected. What happened to coverage of the regular season? The video spent about five minutes to cover the entire 82 season. They treated the Sacramento and Phoenix playoff series in the same dull way. The Portland series coverage was all right but most of the footage came from the FINALS. I think that's cool and all to cram most of the footage of the FINALS but let's not forget about the rest of the season and the other games. I've been waiting since 1991 for the Lakers to get to this point, I just expected a better video. The 1988 Finals Championship video is an example of how this video could've been. That video took us inside regular season, to the key games to the all star game, to the regular season grind and finally to the playoffs and finals. I guess if you are a die hard LAKER fan, you'd want this video but it just could've been done a whole lot better. When they repeat next year, that video better do that team justice. CAN YOU DIG IT!"
Begining of a new era
Shlomo Goland | Naharia, Israel | 05/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lots of higlights, interviews with all lakers players including the coach phil jackson. The dvd higlights the lakers season from preseason to the finals and mention a short story 3 years past when kobe and shaq arrived.
Thou it is an exellent feature of the lakers season it lacks many season highlits wich showed their progress over the season under jackson.
At the finals I expected to see more coverage of the lakers-portland series (which was the real finals, here the lakers got the championship ring), It should have been longer than the lakers-pacers series coverage at the finals.
A must have for a lkaer fan and anyone who loves basketball!!!"