After an in-depth conversation about H-O-R-S-E involving production value and potential rule changes (semifinals are on tonight!), Sabreena and Anthony go through three really good Lakers teams that nonetheless didn’t win the title: the 1961-62 Elgin Baylor/Jerry West team, the 1997-98 pre-Phil Jackson Shaq Lakers, and the 2012-13 “Now This Is Going To Be Fun” Lakers.
The two of them take a deep dive down memory lane to go through what made these teams great, but also the specific challenges they faced in those seasons that prevented them from winning a championship. They also talk about what changes each of those teams made to eventually become title-worthy, and consider how the 2019-20 team will compare to others on this list if they never get a chance to play in the postseason.
The brunt of the discussion ended up being about why it’s so hard to find a Lakers team that meets the qualifications of this list that was also truly great.