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2009 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson 4
Orlando Magic Stan Van Gundy 1
Dates: June 4–14
MVP: Kobe Bryant
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Hall of Famers Lakers:
Kobe Bryant (2020)
Pau Gasol (2023)
Phil Jackson (2007)
Eastern Finals: Magic defeated Cavaliers,
Western Finals: Lakers defeated Nuggets,
NBA Finals

The 2009 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2008–09 season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs.

The Los Angeles Lakers, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the Orlando Magic, third-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, four games to one in a best-of-seven series. This was both the Los Angeles Lakers' fourth NBA championship in the 2000s (fifteenth overall) and the Magic's second Finals appearance since 1995. Kobe Bryant won his fourth championship (the first without Shaquille O'Neal) and was named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time. The Lakers were heavily favored to win the championship over the Magic.

North American broadcast coverage of the Finals was produced by ESPN and televised by ABC in the United States, TSN in Canada, and Five in the United Kingdom.

The Los Angeles Lakers returned to the Finals for the 30th time in franchise history, an NBA record, and for the second consecutive year, marking the first time that the previous year's runner-up won the NBA Finals since the Detroit Pistons in 1988 and 1989. It was also the sixth appearance in the Finals in the 2000s decade for the Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008), the most of any NBA team in the era. The championship was the fourth of the decade for the Lakers, most among all teams in the four major professional sports leagues in North America. It was the Lakers' 15th NBA title, second only to the 17 NBA championships held by the Boston Celtics. Head coach Phil Jackson captured his 10th NBA championship as a coach, surpassing Red Auerbach for most championships all-time by an NBA coach. Jackson also passed Auerbach and NHL coach Scotty Bowman for most championships all-time by a head coach in a major American sports league.

The Orlando Magic were in the Finals for the first time since their Finals debut in 1995, when they were swept by the sixth-seeded Houston Rockets.

The Los Angeles Lakers held home-court advantage due to their better season record. Games 1 and 2 were held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 4 and 7, respectively. Games 3, 4, and 5, were held at Amway Arena in Orlando on June 9, 11, and 14 respectively. If the final two games had been necessary, they would have been played at Staples Center on June 16 (Game 6) and 18 (7).

Although the Magic won both regular-season matchups with the Lakers, Los Angeles was able to take 4 out of 5 games in this series. Both regular-season games and three of the NBA Finals games were close contests, decided by six points or fewer or in overtime. The Lakers won Game 2 on June 7 101–96 in overtime. Then they won Game 4 on June 11 in overtime as well. The Magic's Game 3 victory was the first win in an NBA Finals game in franchise history; they were previously swept in 1995 by the Rockets.

Tyronn Lue, a backup Point Guard with Orlando, appeared with the Lakers during their initial championship run in the early 2000s and faced his former team in the Finals. Lue and another backup Point Guard, Anthony Johnson were the only players on Orlando's roster with NBA finals experience. However, neither saw playing time during the series, as Lue was inactive with an injury and Johnson lost his minutes to teammate Jameer Nelson, who returned from a shoulder injury in time for the Finals. Trevor Ariza, the Lakers starting small forward, faced the team who traded him to the Lakers in 2007.

Rodd Houston narrated the Lakers' 2009 season through the Lakers 2009 championship home video on NBA Entertainment. As with previous championship videos, two versions exist: the DVD version recaps the entire 2009 Lakers' season, from the regular season and playoffs to the Finals; the TV version recaps only the Lakers' playoff run.

Series summary[]

Game Date Road Team Result Home Team
Game 1 June 4 Los Angeles 75–100 (1–0) Orlando
Game 2 June 7 Los Angeles 96–101 (OT) (2–0) Orlando
Game 3 June 9 Orlando 104–108 (2–1) Los Angeles
Game 4 June 11 Orlando 99–91 (OT) (3–1) Los Angeles
Game 5 June 14 Orlando 99–86 (4–1) Los Angeles


The two team captains (the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Magic's Dwight Howard) were teammates and starters on the United States men's national team the previous summer, winning a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Each player defeated another fellow Olympic starter in his respective conference final series: Bryant defeated Carmelo Anthony's Denver Nuggets and Howard advanced past LeBron James' top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.

This series was nicknamed the "Disney Series" for its connections to The Walt Disney Company. Disney owns both ESPN, and Finals broadcaster ABC; Walt Disney World is located 20 miles (32 km) from Orlando in nearby Lake Buena Vista, and Disneyland is located 30 miles (48 km) from Los Angeles in nearby Anaheim.

2009 NBA Playoffs[]

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion) Orlando Magic (Eastern Conference Champion)
65–17 (.793)

1st Pacific, 1st West, 2nd Overall

Regular season 59–23 (.720)

1st Southeast, 3rd East, 4th Overall

Defeated the (8) Utah Jazz, 4–1 First Round Defeated the (6) Philadelphia 76ers,
Defeated the (5) Houston Rockets, 4–3 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (2) Boston Celtics, 4–3
Defeated the (2) Denver Nuggets, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–2

Regular-season series[]

The Orlando Magic won both games in the regular-season series:

December 20, 2008 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 103, Orlando Magic 106 Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
January 16, 2009 Recap Orlando Magic 109, Los Angeles Lakers 103 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Lakers[]

The Lakers were the favorite to emerge from the Western Conference, but their road to the Finals was a tough one. They played three physical series versus the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets, winning in 5, 7, and 6 games, respectively. Going into the Finals, the Lakers finished off the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals with two good performances in Games 5 and 6, making analysts pick them as the favorites in the Finals. It was their sixth Finals appearance of the decade and a record-extending 30th Finals appearance overall, the most for any NBA team.

Orlando Magic[]

The Magic were overlooked by many to even reach the Eastern Conference Finals, as they played in the shadows of the #1-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, led by regular-season MVP LeBron James, and defending champion #2-seed Boston Celtics. However, after dispatching the Philadelphia 76ers in six games, the Magic stunned the Celtics by winning Game 7 in Boston. The Celtics were previously 32–0 when leading a series 3–2, and 17–3 previously in Game 7s at home. Orlando assistant coach Patrick Ewing had publicly "guaranteed" that Orlando would win Game 7.

In the next round, Orlando was given little chance by many to defeat the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, but a combination of three-point shooting and the inside presence of Dwight Howard created a matchup nightmare for Cleveland on defense, and Orlando ultimately won in six games. In Game 6, Howard's stellar performance with 40 points and 14 rebounds helped the franchise earn its second all-time Finals appearance and its first Finals appearance since 1995, where a Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway-led Magic were swept by the Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler-led Houston Rockets.

Game summaries[]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4).

Game 1[]

June 4 9:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. PDT) Recap Orlando Magic 75, Los Angeles Lakers 100 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Attendance: 18,997 Referees:

  • No. 43 Dan Crawford
  • No. 14 Joe DeRosa
  • No. 41 Ken Mauer
Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 19–31, 15–29, 17–18
Pts: Mickaël Piétrus 14 Rebs: Dwight Howard 15 Asts: Jameer Nelson 4 Pts: Kobe Bryant 40 Rebs: Lamar Odom 14 Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
L.A. Lakers lead series, 1–0

After an evenly battled first quarter, the Magic took the lead thanks to field goals and assists from Point Guard Jameer Nelson, who was playing his first game since injuring his shoulder during the regular season in February. Down 33–28 with 8:38 left in the 2nd quarter, the Lakers went on a 10–0 run and never looked back. The Lakers ended the 3rd quarter on a 25–10 run, led by fierce play by Kobe Bryant, who finished with 40 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, joining the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, and Jerry West to put up those numbers in a single NBA Finals game. The 25-point margin of victory was the 6th-largest in NBA Finals Game 1 history.

Due to stellar defense by the Lakers, Dwight Howard was a dismal 1–6 from the field, his fewest made field goals in his playoff career, and finished with 12 points, 10 of which came from free throws. The Magic shot only 29.9% (23–77) from the field, the second lowest percentage in the NBA Finals.

Game 2[]

June 7 8:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. PDT) Recap Orlando Magic 96, Los Angeles Lakers 101 (OT) Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Attendance: 18,997 Referees:

  • No. 29 Steve Javie
  • No. 13 Monty McCutchen
  • No. 49 Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 15–15, 20–25, 30–23, 23–25 OT: 8–13
Pts: Rashard Lewis 34 Rebs: Dwight Howard 16 Asts: Rashard Lewis 7 Pts: Kobe Bryant 29 Rebs: Pau Gasol 10 Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
L.A. Lakers lead series, 2–0

Both teams got off to a slow start and were tied at 15 after the first quarter, setting a record-low for combined score (30) in the first quarter of an NBA Finals game. The Lakers picked up the pace in the 2nd quarter, but Rashard Lewis kept the Magic in the game, scoring 18 of the team's 20 points in the quarter, including the final 16, on his way to a playoff career-high and Finals franchise-high 34 points for the game. The Magic outscored the Lakers in the 3rd quarter to take a 2-point lead in the 4th.

With the game tied at 84, Lewis hit a jumper with 1:32 remaining to give the Magic a 2-point lead. Kobe Bryant responded with a jumper of his own to tie the game. With 47 seconds left, Hedo Türkoğlu hit a jumper that was originally called a 3-pointer. However, replay showed that his foot was on the line, giving the Magic a 2-point lead. With 33 seconds remaining, Dwight Howard was able to deflect, but not steal, a Derek Fisher pass, and Pau Gasol was able to again tie the game at 88 with a layup.

On the ensuing Magic possession, the Lakers played great defense and forced Courtney Lee to miss an awkward layup shot with 10.5 seconds left. With a chance to take a 2–0 series lead, Bryant was blocked on a jumper by Türkoğlu, who gained control of the ball and called time-out with 0.6 seconds left. After another timeout, Türkoğlu threw a half-court lob to Lee, who had come free after a screen on his defender. However, Lee was traveling too fast and launched his layup from almost behind the backboard, causing it to miss.

With the Lakers up 1 in overtime with 1:55 left, Fisher stole a JJ Redick pass and was fouled on the ensuing fastbreak, making both free throws. After the Magic were unable to convert, Bryant made a pivotal assist to Gasol for a layup-and-one, giving the Lakers a 6-point lead and the eventual victory.

Game 3[]

June 9 9:00 p.m. Recap Los Angeles Lakers 104, Orlando Magic 108 Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 17,461 Referees:

  • No. 17 Joe Crawford
  • No. 9 Derrick Stafford
  • No. 18 Mark Wunderlich
Scoring by quarter: 31–27, 23–32, 21–22, 29–27
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31 Rebs: Trevor Ariza 7 Asts: Kobe Bryant 8 Pts: Howard, Lewis 21 each Rebs: Dwight Howard 14 Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 7
L.A. Lakers lead series, 2–1

The Magic came out in Game 3 with fire. The Magic shot a field goal percentage of 63% for the game, an NBA Finals record. This also included a 75% first quarter, also an NBA Finals record. However, despite the incredible shooting percentage, the Lakers managed to stay close for much of the game. The game was only sealed for the Magic on a Mickaël Piétrus steal from Kobe Bryant in the waning minute of the 4th quarter.

This win marked the first Finals win in Magic franchise history, losing their first six Finals games (being swept in their first appearance and losing Games 1 and 2).

Game 4[]

June 11 9:00 p.m. Recap Los Angeles Lakers 99, Orlando Magic 91 (OT) Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 17,461 Referees:

  • No. 24 Mike Callahan
  • No. 48 Scott Foster
  • No. 15 Bennett Salvatore
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 17–25, 30–14, 20–24 OT: 12–4
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32 Rebs: Pau Gasol 10 Asts: Kobe Bryant 8 Pts: Hedo Türkoğlu 25 Rebs: Dwight Howard 21 Asts: Rashard Lewis 4
L.A. Lakers lead series, 3–1

Coming off their franchise's first NBA Finals game victory, the Magic quickly took the lead in the first quarter. However, Kobe Bryant kept the Lakers in the game, scoring 13 of the team's 20 first-quarter points. Dwight Howard played a great first quarter, with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the opening frame. In addition, he drew many fouls, putting Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom in foul trouble and forcing Lakers coach Phil Jackson to use Josh Powell and D.J. Mbenga early in the game. The Magic were able to increase the lead to 12 at halftime.

The Lakers came out of the locker room aggressive and outscored the Magic 30–14 in the 3rd quarter, led by Trevor Ariza, who scored 13 points in the quarter, including two 3-pointers. Down by six in the opening minutes of the 4th quarter, the Magic were able to come back to take a 76–75 lead halfway through the quarter, but unable to increase the lead due to poor free-throw shooting, specifically from Howard and Hedo Türkoğlu.

With three minutes left in the 4th quarter and the game tied at 79, Howard converted a 3-point play to give the Magic an 82–79 lead. On the next Laker possession, the Magic played good defense, but Ariza was able to hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to tie the game at 82. After Türkoğlu hit a stepback 3-point shot, Howard blocked Gasol's jumper, giving him a single-game NBA Finals record with 9 blocked shots. On the bench to witness it was the previous record holder, his assistant coach Patrick Ewing, who had 8 in Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals while with the New York Knicks. Türkoğlu made another jumper with 1:34 remaining to give the Magic a five-point lead.

Down 87–82 with 31 seconds left, Bryant spun through the lane and passed to Gasol for a dunk to cut the lead to 3. On the next Magic possession, Howard was fouled by Bryant with 11 seconds remaining. Needing just one free-throw to make the game a 2-possession affair, Howard missed both shots.

Out of the timeout, the Lakers elected to take the ball out at three-quarters court instead of half-court in order to space out the floor. The Magic double-teamed Bryant in the backcourt, allowing him to pass the ball up to Ariza, who in turned passed it to Derek Fisher on the right wing. Having missed his first five 3-point shots of the game, Fisher spotted up and hit a pivotal three-pointer over Jameer Nelson to tie the game at 87 with 4.6 seconds left. On the final possession of regulation, Mickaël Piétrus missed a 20-footer.

The overtime session began with a 3-pointer by Rashard Lewis and two contested jumpers by Bryant to give the Lakers a 91–90 lead. With 1:27 left in OT, Howard split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 91. On the next possession, the Lakers would miss a layup and a jumper, but regained possession on an offensive rebound by Ariza and a loose-ball foul on Nelson. With 31 seconds left, Bryant passed out of a double-team with the controversy of no called after Nelson got hit by Kobe Elbow as Fisher then hit a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 94–91 lead.

Out of a timeout, Türkoğlu rushed a 3-point shot and missed. Lewis backtapped the rebound to center-court, but the ball went to Gasol, who ran in unimpeded for a dunk, giving the Lakers the lead for good. In the next possession, the Magic missed another shot, bouncing the ball to Fisher, who passed it to Ariza, then to Gasol for a dunk, but Pietrus slammed both arms on his back, resulting in Gasol getting a technical foul and Pietrus a flagrant 1 foul.

After coming so close, the Magic lost a chance to tie the series, a fact not lost upon the arena staff in Orlando. Upon the game's finish, Oasis's "Don't Look Back in Anger" was played throughout Amway Arena.

Game 5[]

June 14

8:00 p.m.

Recap Los Angeles Lakers 99, Orlando Magic 86 Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 17,461 Referees:

  • No. 43 Dan Crawford
  • No. 14 Joe DeRosa
  • No. 41 Ken Mauer
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 30–18, 20–15, 23–25
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30 Rebs: Pau Gasol 15 Asts: Kobe Bryant 5 Pts: Rashard Lewis 18 Rebs: Howard, Lewis 10 each Asts: Lewis, Nelson 4 each
L.A. Lakers win NBA Finals 4–1

The Magic, facing the prospect of the Lakers winning a championship on their home floor, came out with a good start, leading by as much as 9 in the first quarter. In the opening frame, all 5 starters scored and assisted on at least one field goal, but the Lakers pulled to within 2 at the quarter break. Down 40–36 with 7:11 in the 2nd quarter, the Lakers went on a 16–0 run, fueled by two 3-pointers and solid defensive play from Trevor Ariza. The Lakers led by as much as 12 in the 2nd quarter and the score was 56–46 at halftime.

Coming out of the half, Orlando cut the lead to 5 with 7:45 remaining in the 3rd on a 3-pointer by Rafer Alston. Lamar Odom answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to restore the Laker lead to double digits. Leading by as much as 18 in the half, Los Angeles led by 15 going into the 4th quarter. In the final quarter, Orlando attempted a run, but managed to cut the lead down to only 12; at the buzzer, the Lakers celebrated their 15th title.[2]

Following the game, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented the Lakers with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy and presented Kobe Bryant with the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy during a presentation on center-court at Amway Arena. Bryant averaged 32.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game during the series.



The series was the third straight championship that the Lakers clinched on the road (after 2001 and 2002); the last time the Lakers clinched the championship at home was in 2000. With their team's win, Pau Gasol became the first Spaniard, and D.J. Mbenga the first Belgian Congolese player, to win an NBA championship. Bill and Luke Walton became the third father and son pair to each win a championship as a player; the other father–son combinations are Matt Guokas, Sr. (1947) with Matt Jr. (1967) and Rick Barry (1975) with son Brent (2005 and 2007).

For the Magic, Game 3 marked their first Finals game victory; the franchise lost their first six Finals games after being swept in their first Finals appearance in 1995. In Game 3, the Magic also set the Finals record for the best field goal percentage with 63 percent, and the Finals record for the best field goal percentage in the first half with 75 percent.

This was the first NBA Finals series since 1984 to have two games go into overtime (Games 2 and 4); both were won by the Lakers. Dwight Howard set an NBA Finals single-game record with 9 blocked shots in Game 4. Although the game went into overtime, all blocks were during regulation. The previous record all of whom had blocked eight shots in a Finals game, were: Bill Walton of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals; Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the 1986 NBA Finals; Howard's assistant coach Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals; Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the 2001 NBA Finals; and Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals.

This is the seventh time in NBA Finals history that a team that lost the championship the previous season has won the Finals the very next year. It is the second time in Lakers history, after the 1984 and 1985 teams. Having achieved three Game 1 victories throughout the postseason (first round vs. Utah, conference finals vs. Denver, and NBA Finals vs. Orlando), Phil Jackson-coached teams are now 44-0 in series where they win Game 1.

This is also the first odd season since 2001 that the San Antonio Spurs did not win the NBA Finals; they won in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

This was the last Finals in which a trophy silhouette was painted in mid-court. The tradition began in 2005 and ended for the 2010 series. This was also the last NBA Finals to be played at Amway Arena; the Magic moved to the Amway Center for the 2010–11 season.

Category High Average
Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic
Player Total Player Avg. Player Avg.
Points Kobe Bryant 40 Kobe Bryant 32.4 Hedo Türkoğlu 18.0
Rebounds Dwight Howard 21 (OT)


Pau Gasol 9.2 Dwight Howard 15.2
Assists Kobe Bryant 8 Kobe Bryant 7.4 Rashard Lewis 4.0
Steals Dwight Howard Mickaël Piétrus 4 (OT) 3 Trevor Ariza 1.8 Dwight Howard 1.6
Blocks Dwight Howard Marcin Gortat Kobe Bryant Pau Gasol 9 (OT)

4 4 4

Pau Gasol 1.8 Dwight Howard 4.0


2009 Los Angeles Lakers Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SF 3 USA Ariza, Trevor 80 !6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UCLA
G 12 USA Brown, Shannon 76 !6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 211 lb (96 kg) Michigan State
SG 24 USA Bryant, Kobe (C) 78 !6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Lower Merion HS (PA)*
C 17 USA Bynum, Andrew 84 !7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 285 lb (129 kg) St. Joseph HS (NJ)*
G 5 USA Farmar, Jordan 74 !6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) UCLA
PG 2 USA Fisher, Derek 73 !6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Arkansas-Little Rock
F/C 16 ESP Gasol, Pau 84 !7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Spain
C 28 BEL Ilunga-Mbenga, Didier 84 !7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Belgium
F 6 USA Morrison, Adam 80 !6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Gonzaga
F 7 USA Odom, Lamar 82 !6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Rhode Island
F/C 21 USA Powell, Josh 81 !6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina State
G 18 SLO Vujačić, Sasha 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Slovenia
SF 4 USA Walton, Luke 80 !6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Arizona
G 9 CHN Sun Yue 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) China
Head coach
  • Phil Jackson (North Dakota)
Assistant coach(es)
  • Frank Hamblen (Syracuse)
  • Kurt Rambis (Santa Clara)
  • Brian Shaw (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA)
  • Craig Hodges (Long Beach State)
  • Jim Cleamons (Ohio State)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2009-02-18

2009 Orlando Magic Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PG 1 USA Alston, Rafer 74 !6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fresno State
F/C 4 USA Battie, Tony 83 !6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Texas Tech
C 31 VIN Foyle, Adonal 82 !6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Colgate
C 13 POL Gortat, Marcin 83 !6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Poland
C 12 USA Howard, Dwight (C) 83 !6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
PG 8 USA Johnson, Anthony 75 !6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) College of Charleston
G 11 USA Lee, Courtney 77 !6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Western Kentucky
F 9 USA Lewis, Rashard 82 !6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Alief Elsik HS (TX)
PG 10 USA Lue, Tyronn 72 !6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nebraska
PG 14 USA Nelson, Jameer 72 !6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Saint Joseph's
G/F 20 FRA Piétrus, Mickaël 78 !6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) France
G 7 USA Redick, J. J. 76 !6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Duke
G/F 32 USA Richardson, Jeremy 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Delta State
!F 15 TUR Türkoğlu, Hedo 82 !6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Turkey
Head coach
  • Stan Van Gundy (SUNY-Brockport)
Assistant coach(es)
  • Brendan Malone (Iona)
  • Steve Clifford (Maine)
  • Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)
  • Bob Beyer (Alfred)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2009-03-23

Player statistics[]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Los Angeles Lakers statistics
Ariza, TrevorTrevor Ariza 5 5 37.6 .357 .417 .500 6.0 1.6 1.8 0.2 11.0
Brown, ShannonShannon Brown 3 0 5.2 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant 5 5 43.8 .430 .360 .841 5.6 7.4 1.4 1.4 32.4
Bynum, AndrewAndrew Bynum 5 5 18.9 .364 .000 .667 4.2 0.6 0.4 0.6 6.0
Farmar, JordanJordan Farmar 5 0 11.5 .368 .125 1.000 1.2 0.4 0.4 0.0 3.4
Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher 5 5 35.9 .500 .438 1.000 3.0 1.8 1.2 0.0 11.0
Gasol, PauPau Gasol 5 5 42.5 .600 .000 .778 9.2 2.2 0.8 1.8 18.6
Mbenga, D.J.D.J. Mbenga 3 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Odom, LamarLamar Odom 5 0 33.8 .542 .500 .688 7.8 0.8 1.0 1.0 13.4
Powell, JoshJosh Powell 2 0 5.5 .500 1.000 .000 2.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 2.5
Vujačić, SashaSasha Vujačić 5 0 4.4 .000 .000 .000 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
Walton, LukeLuke Walton 5 0 15.2 .800 .000 .500 2.0 1.0 0.2 0.0 3.8
Orlando Magic statistics
Alston, RaferRafer Alston 5 5 29.5 .368 .158 .800 2.2 3.0 0.8 0.0 10.6
Battie, TonyTony Battie 5 0 7.0 .455 .000 .000 0.8 0.4 0.0 0.4 2.0
Gortat, MarcinMarcin Gortat 5 0 10.7 .467 .000 .500 2.6 0.0 0.4 1.0 3.2
Howard, DwightDwight Howard 5 5 42.6 .488 .000 .603 15.2 2.2 1.6 4.0 15.4
Lee, CourtneyCourtney Lee 5 5 17.6 .375 .182 .750 1.4 0.2 0.6 0.0 5.8
Lewis, RashardRashard Lewis 5 5 42.5 .405 .400 .846 7.6 4.0 0.8 0.0 17.4
Nelson, JameerJameer Nelson 5 0 18.0 .348 .167 .500 1.4 2.8 0.2 0.0 3.8
Piétrus, MickaëlMickaël Piétrus 5 0 28.0 .475 .333 .786 2.0 0.4 0.6 0.2 10.6
Redick, JJJJ Redick 4 0 16.3 .400 .455 1.000 0.5 2.0 0.3 0.0 5.5
Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu 5 5 41.1 .492 .438 .742 4.6 3.8 0.8 0.4 18.0

International broadcasts[]

Aside from ABC (U.S.) and TSN (Canada), other broadcasters across the world covered the Finals:[3]

  • Argentina: Canal 7
  • Australia: ESPN and ONE HD
  • Belgium: Be 1 and Prime Sport 1
  • Belize: Great Belize Television and Tropical Vision Limited (all games except Games 2 and 5 joined in progress; Sunday games covered in full)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: OBN
  • Brazil: ESPN Latin America
  • Chile: ESPN Latin America
  • China: CCTV-5, several provincial broadcasters
  • Cyprus: Lumiere TV
  • Denmark: DK4 Sport
  • Dominican Republic: Antena Latina
  • El Salvador: Sky TV
  • Finland: Urheilukanava
  • France: Canal+, Orange Sport
  • Greece: Sport+
  • Hong Kong: ESPN, Cable TV Hong Kong Sports Channel, Star Sports, TVB HD
  • Hungary: Sport1, Sport2
  • Iceland: Stöð 2 Sport
  • India: ESPN
  • Indonesia: ESPN, JakTV
  • Italy: Sky sport
  • Israel: Sport 5
  • Japan: J Sports Plus, NHK BS-1, SkyPerfecTV
  • South Korea: SBS Sports, Star Sports
  • Latvia: LTV7
  • Mexico: ESPN Dos
  • North Africa: aljazeera sport +3
  • Netherlands: Sport1
  • Oman: NBA TV
  • Peru: ESPN Latin America, CMD
  • Philippines: C/S 9, Basketball TV
  • Poland: Canal+Sport1
  • Portugal: Sport TV 1
  • Russia: NBA TV
  • Spain: Canal +, Cuatro
  • Sweden: TV4 AB
  • Taiwan: Videoland
  • Thailand: ESPN
  • Trinidad and Tobago: ESPN
  • Turkey: NTV
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Impact and aftermath[]


The series win brought the Lakers' franchise championship total to 15, trailing only to the Boston Celtics. The championship was the fourth of the 2000s decade for the Lakers, most among all teams in the four major professional sports leagues in North America.

By virtue of their win this year and loss in the previous year, this marked tenth occurrence that the winners of the NBA Finals were losers in the preceding year's Finals, previously the Detroit Pistons had lost and won the Finals in 1988 and 1989 respectively. The victory was noted by many as a personal success for Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, winning his first championship and succeeding in the playoffs without the presence of former Lakers Center Shaquille O'Neal where some people had previously speculated that Bryant could not "win one without Shaq". Head coach Phil Jackson captured his 10th NBA championship as a coach, surpassing Red Auerbach for most championships all-time by an NBA coach. Jackson also passed Auerbach and NHL coach Scotty Bowman for most championships all-time by a head coach in a major American sports league. Having achieved three Game 1 victories throughout the postseason (first round vs. Utah, Conference finals vs. Denver, and NBA Finals vs. Orlando), Jackson-coached teams were now 44–0 in series where they win the first game, later improved to 48–0 by the time that Jackson retired after the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

The Lakers' only offseason change was the acquisition of Ron Artest from the Houston Rockets, in an essential trade where they let Trevor Ariza sign with the Rockets. Again the Lakers won the top seed in the West, though winning just eight games less than the year before. They eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in six, the Utah Jazz in four, and the Phoenix Suns in six to return to the NBA Finals and renew their heated rivalry with the Celtics. In the Finals, the Lakers won a hard-fought seven game series against the Celtics to retain the NBA title, becoming the first team to repeat as champions since the 2002 Lakers.


The Magic again won 59 games and the division title in the 2009–10 season, in which they let go of Hedo Türkoğlu to the Toronto Raptors and acquired 8-time All-Star and NBA veteran Vince Carter from the New Jersey Nets. Dwight Howard won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year. In the playoffs, the Magic swept the Charlotte Bobcats and the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the first team in NBA history to win their first eight playoff games by 20 or more points. However, the Magic would lose to the Boston Celtics in six games of the Eastern Conference Finals, marking the final games held at Amway Arena. The Magic moved to the Amway Center the next season, then proceeded to lose in the first round for two straight years to the Hawks and the Indiana Pacers, respectively. After the 2011–12 season, Stan Van Gundy was fired, and in a blockbuster offseason trade, Howard was traded to the Lakers, which he spent one season with the Lakers and later move to Houston Rockets. However, the team failed to reach NBA Finals due to the rise of the Golden State Warriors. Thus, Howard return to the Eastern Conference teams after signing with Hawks.

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