Outside of a small handful of various reports about LeBron James’ looming extension or likely briefly-discussed three-team trades, Lakers news is at a minimum as we settle into to the dead center of the dog days of the offseason.
With that in mind, let’s rewind the clock and review one of the more memorable moments from the back-to-back title teams of 2009 and 2010 — Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns featured a Ron Artest game-winner that has lived on in the minds of Lakers fans ever since.
On today’s episode of “Can U Dig It,” a podcast by the Silver Screen & Roll network, I go solo and rewatch the game that ended with Artest’s game-winner. After such a miserable season this year, it was a joy to go back and watch a successful Lakers team for a change.
Games like this one are lost treasures, ones remembered for a specific moment despite containing a plethora of other great moments throughout.
It’s always a pleasure to watch vintage Kobe Bryant and he certainly delivered in this one, scoring at least 30 points for the ninth time in 10 contests.
The Steve Nash Suns were a worthy foe and gave this Lakers team their best shot throughout this entire series. Ultimately, though, Artest, Bryant, and the Lakers had enough to get the job done, sometimes in spectacular fashion.
You can listen to all that and more on our latest episode in the player embedded below, and to make sure you don’t miss a single one moving forward, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.
You can follow Jacob on Twitter at @JacobRude. And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.