First of all "Shaqass," why do you want Pippen? Please - the guy's done, was never anything without Michael, and is consistently injured. One of the worst things that the league ever did (well, wait, there's many) was to make that stupid 50 greatest player list and put Pippen on it. Good - maybe / greatest - never. Second, I marvel at all you people who are ready to give up Horry. Not everything that a basketball player gives a team is on the scoreboard. And to ask Horry to play 40 minutes against a player like Tim Duncan is asking an awful lot. Horry has been an outstanding player since he came into the league and, with reduced minutes during the season so he can be effective, will once again be effective and contribute more than you shortsighted people can see. He knows the game - it's instinctive, just like Kobe knows the game. He knows where to be and when to be there. Just because all of a sudden he doesn't make a three that you people think would have saved our season is no reason to dump on him. And I hate to break your bubble, but from what I understand he's already talked to Mitch about coming back next year. So I say bring him back, let him retire a Laker because his sacrifice with leaving his family in Houston and his heart exemplify everything that is and has been a Laker.
I said throughout the last half of the year that San Antonio was the only team that scared me. They were playing at a very efficient level and seemed to be determined. At least now I know that Sac (if they get past Dallas) will never get past San Antonio. They don't have the intelligence. San Antonio and New Jersey should make a fairly good finals - although now that the Lakers are out, I will not be watching it.
Have heart Lakers fans. Your dynasty is not over. Your two big men (and I do mean men) will come back to once again lead this team to its championship destiny. I respect these two guys a great deal (yes, two guys - for all you Shaq bashers) and know that they will not settle for second best again. Hang in there. As Arnold once said, "We'll be back!"