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2002–03 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 2002–03 NBA season was the Lakers' 55th season in the National Basketball Association, and 43rd in the city of Los Angeles.[1] The Lakers entered the season as the three-time defending champions, having defeated the New Jersey Nets in four straight games in the 2002 NBA Finals, winning their fourteenth NBA championship. With All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal sidelined after an off-season foot-surgery, the Lakers started 3–9.[2] After he returned, the team only improved slowly, having an 11–19 record thirty games into the season,[3] their worst start in ten years. However, the Lakers won 11 of their final 13 games ending the season with a 50–32 record, finishing fifth in the Western Conference. The season saw co-captain Kobe Bryant play all 82 games for the first time in his career. He and Shaq were selected to play in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.

2002–03 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coachPhil Jackson
General managerMitch Kupchak
Owner(s)Jerry Buss
ArenaStaples Center
Results
Record50–32 (.610)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Spurs 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 2001–02 2003–04 >

Facing an uphill battle without home-court advantage, the Lakers managed to beat the 4th-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the opening round of the playoffs, but fell to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals. Following the season, Robert Horry signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs, Mark Madsen signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Samaki Walker signed with the Miami Heat, and Brian Shaw retired.

The season was overshadowed by the death of longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, who died after a fall in the summer of 2002, and to pay tribute, the Lakers donned an alternate white uniform, which can be only worn on Christmas and Sunday home games. The uniforms made its debut in a home loss against the Sacramento Kings on Christmas Day. They were designed by late owner Jerry Buss' daughter Jeanie.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 27 Chris Jefferies SF   United States Fresno State

RosterEdit

Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 8   Bryant, Kobe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Lower Merion HS (PA)
G 2   Fisher, Derek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Arkansas-Little Rock
F 17   Fox, Rick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
F 3   George, Devean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Augsburg
F 5   Horry, Robert 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Alabama
F/C 35   Madsen, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Stanford
F 14   Medvedenko, Slava 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Ukraine
F 30   Murray, Tracy   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
C 34   O'Neal, Shaquille 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) LSU
G 12   Pargo, Jannero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arkansas
G 21   Rush, Kareem 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Missouri
G 20   Shaw, Brian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) UC Santa Barbara
F/C 52   Walker, Samaki 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Louisville
Head coach

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

Roster

NoteEdit

'Bold'= All-Star selection

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 35–6 24–17 17–7
x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 9 31–10 19–22 15–9
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 9 27–14 23–18 15–9
x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 15 30–11 14–27 12–12
Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 19 25–16 15–26 11–13
Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 21 24–17 14–27 8–16
Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 32 16–25 11–30 6–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732
2 y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 1
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732
4 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 10
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 10
7 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13
8 x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 16
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17
10 Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 20
11 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 22
12 Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32
13 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 33
14 Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

2002-03 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–3 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–3
Chicago 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–4
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–4 1–1
Detroit 3–1 2–2 4–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1
Golden State 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Houston 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1
Indiana 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1
Memphis 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Miami 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–2 1–3
Milwaukee 2–2 2–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1
Minnesota 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 3–1
New Orleans 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
New York 3–1 0–4 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
Orlando 1–2 2–3 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2
Philadelphia 1–3 2–2 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 4–0
Phoenix 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–3 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–1
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1
Toronto 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1
Washington 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(4) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Timberwolves and Lakers.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-MIN)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 April 20 L.A. Lakers 117 Minnesota 98 1-0 Target Center, Minneapolis ABC 3:30 EDT/2:30CT Recap
2 April 22 L.A. Lakers 91 Minnesota 119 1–1 Target Center, Minneapolis TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
3 April 24 Minnesota 114 L.A. Lakers 110 1–2 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT 11:00 EDT/8:00PT Recap
4 April 27 Minnesota 97 L.A. Lakers 102 2–2 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC 3:00 EDT/12:00PT Recap
5 April 29 L.A. Lakers 120 Minnesota 90 3-2 Target Center, Minneapolis TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
6 May 1 Minnesota 85 L.A. Lakers 101 4-2 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT 11:00 EDT/8:00PT Recap
L.A. Lakers wins series 4–2

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 2002 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-SAS)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 5 L.A. Lakers 82 San Antonio 87 0–1 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
2 May 7 L.A. Lakers 95 San Antonio 114 0–2 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
3 May 9 San Antonio 95 L.A. Lakers 110 1–2 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT 10:30 EDT/7:30PT Recap
4 May 11 San Antonio 95 L.A. Lakers 99 2–2 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC 3:30 EDT/12:30PT Recap
5 May 13 L.A. Lakers 94 San Antonio 96 2–3 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
6 May 15 San Antonio 110 L.A. Lakers 82 2–4 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC 8:00 EDT/6:00PT Recap
San Antonio wins series 4–2

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  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

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 82 82 41.5 .451 .383 .843 6.9 5.9 2.2 .8 30.0
Derek Fisher 82 82 34.5 .437 .401 .800 2.9 3.6 1.1 .2 10.5
Rick Fox 76 75 28.7 .422 .375 .754 4.3 3.3 .9 .2 9.0
Devean George 71 7 22.7 .390 .371 .790 4.0 1.3 .8 .5 6.9
Robert Horry 80 26 29.3 .387 .288 .769 6.4 2.9 1.2 .8 6.5
Mark Madsen 54 22 14.5 .423 . .590 2.9 .7 .3 .4 3.2
Stanislav Medvedenko 58 10 10.7 .434 .000 .721 2.4 .3 .2 .1 4.4
Tracy Murray 31 0 6.2 .324 .211 .778 .7 .4 .2 .1 2.0
Shaquille O'Neal 67 66 37.8 .574 . .622 11.1 3.1 .6 2.4 27.5
Jannero Pargo 34 0 10.1 .398 .292 1.000 1.1 1.1 .4 .1 2.5
Kareem Rush 76 0 11.5 .393 .279 .696 1.2 .9 .1 .1 3.0
Soumaila Samake 13 1 5.9 .417 . 1.000 1.8 .3 .0 .4 1.7
Brian Shaw 72 0 12.5 .387 .349 .667 1.7 1.4 .4 .2 3.5
Samaki Walker 67 39 18.6 .420 .000 .653 5.5 1.0 .3 .8 4.4

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 12 12 44.3 .432 .403 .827 5.1 5.2 1.2 .1 32.1
Derek Fisher 12 12 35.3 .520 .617 .818 3.0 1.8 1.5 .1 12.8
Rick Fox 4 4 19.8 .444 .500 .750 1.5 1.8 .3 .3 6.0
Devean George 11 7 28.9 .449 .333 .889 4.5 2.2 1.0 .4 8.0
Robert Horry 12 10 31.1 .319 .053 .556 6.7 3.1 1.3 1.0 5.6
Mark Madsen 12 2 14.1 .419 .000 .438 2.3 1.0 .3 .2 2.8
Stanislav Medvedenko 9 0 8.1 .556 . .667 2.0 .1 .1 .1 3.8
Shaquille O'Neal 12 12 40.1 .535 . .621 14.8 3.7 .6 2.8 27.0
Jannero Pargo 11 0 11.7 .333 .267 .750 .8 1.3 .7 .1 2.1
Kareem Rush 9 0 7.1 .379 .364 1.000 .3 .2 .1 .0 3.3
Brian Shaw 12 1 17.9 .306 .391 .667 3.2 2.0 .3 .4 3.2
Samaki Walker 9 0 5.4 .400 . . 1.4 .2 .1 .2 .4

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2002-03 Los Angeles Lakers
  2. ^ "Something Is Wrong". New York Times. December 19, 2002.
  3. ^ "Jrue Holiday powers Sixers past Lakers". USA Today. Associated Press. January 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.