The Los Angeles Lakers created a brilliant crew for the 2003-04 NBA season to go with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
For those who recall: LA signed Gary Payton and Karl Malone to go with head coach, Phil Jackson’s roster.
The Lakers did beat the Kevin Garnett-led Minnesota Timberwolves within the Western Convention Finals and ultimately confronted the Detroit Pistons within the 2004 NBA Finals.
The Pistons gained the 2004 NBA Finals.
Million Greenback Qustion: What have been these Finals like?
I checked in with Lakers legend, Kareem Rush who crammed me in.
Showing on the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Rush shared his ideas on the Pistons, Garnett, Malone, Payton and tons extra.
Try my notes from our dialogue beneath:
Kareem Rush on his ideas on the 2004 Pistons within the Finals and Tayshaun Prince:
“I imply, they merely outplayed us. Karl [Malone] was harm in that collection. And I believe Kobe selfishly wished MVP. I believe that we have been favored by all people to win the collection , and on the time Shaq had the primary three Finals MVP’s. So I believe Kobe had the mindset with that as the first focus, however I believe he was actually itching to get that MVP – and we bought caught off guard by a greater crew. The Pistons have been — they went on to do seven straight within the Convention Finals in order that crew was a successful crew for the ages and so they had a beginning 5 that was very formidable. These have been all All Star caliber. That they had a few Corridor of Famers in Ben Wallace and Chauncey – and perhaps even Rip. In order that they have been positively a formidable crew and so they have been BETTER than us on the time.”
Kareem Rush on the respect he had for the ’04 Detroit Pistons:
“We positively had respect for them, however we have been simply favored. We had 4 Corridor of Famers. So , we have been that “Tremendous Group”. We had two of the 5 finest gamers within the League and , they simply caught us off guard. They performed higher than we did and Kobe didn’t have the most effective collection, Chauncey performed superb, and so they merely… outplayed us.”
Kareem Rush on his play in opposition to the Timberwolves within the 2004 Western Convention Finals:
“If anyone is aware of my profession, scoring is what I do. Taking pictures the ball is my specialty. This was a type of video games when the pictures are falling; the primary couple of them went down. It simply occurred to be the magnitude of the sport that I had these six threes go down, however that was nothing new to me. I used to be paid to knock down the open pictures, in order that was my job to step once they wanted it and knock ‘em down. And by chance for me, I used to be in a position to take action in a key second.”
Kareem Rush on how good Kevin Garnett was in that collection in Minnesota:
“That entire season. Kevin Garnett in Minnesota. He was one of many prime 5 gamers within the League. I imply, he was revolutionary. He was twin menace. He might do it ALL. Him, Spreewell, Sam Cassell and all these guys they’d on that squad – they have been robust. However , we caught it out and , I used to be in a position to knock down some pictures in key moments. However positively a formidable crew that yr as a result of he was nice that yr. He’s been nice his entire profession and congratulations on him going to the Corridor…however yeah, we pulled it out.”
Kareem Rush on how onerous it was to adapt to the Triangle Offense for Gary Payton and Karl Malone:
“I believe if he would’ve had greater than a yr to run it. As a result of that takes time. That stuff is drilled. Gary’s coming in in direction of the tail finish of his profession and he’s used to enjoying a sure method so that you’re transitioning to a Triangle Offense and was positively most likely a studying curve for him. He like all people else once they be taught one thing new, it’s simply going to take time and to determine his method out, to working with Shaq and Kobe in addition to Malone , all people wants an adjustment interval. So he didn’t have the most effective yr, I don’t assume that he’ll inform you a similar factor, however he was nonetheless was an integral half in what we did to get to the place we have been going. Corridor of Fame man. However yeah, the Triangle Offense is one thing that’s not straightforward to select up.”
Kareem Rush on how he adjusted to the Triangle Offense:
“It was my first offense and I’m a shooter so I’m used to transferring. I used to be by no means ball dominant so didn’t essentially want the ball in my arms for me to be efficient. So actually it’s about what they did from Day One which was drill the Triangle Drill and the basics. And it’s actually studying tips on how to play with different guys and took a while. Yr Two was once I actually bought comfy working the offense so, however it’s positively tough to be taught however as soon as you work it out although, it was a GREAT offense to run.”