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2006–07 Los Angeles Lakers season

2006–07 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena Staples Center
Record 42–40 (.512)
Place Division: 2nd West Pacific Division, 7th Seed
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 1-4)
Local media
Television FSN West, KCAL
Radio AM 570 KLAC
< 2005–06 2007–08 >

The 2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 59th in the NBA and 61st overall. The season ended with the team being eliminated in five games in a rematch against the Phoenix Suns from the 2006 playoffs. The Lakers sold out every game of the season.[1]

The Lakers finished in second place in the Pacific Division, 7th seed in the playoffs. Ultimately, even though team captain Kobe Bryant was the leading NBA scorer with 31.6 PPG, the Lakers were defeated in 5 games by the Suns.

Draft picks

Main article: 2006 NBA Draft

In the NBA draft, the Lakers, as expected, chose young talent. In the draft, the Lakers selected Jordan Farmar, the PG for UCLA with 26th pick. Los Angeles also traded their 51st pick (Cheick Samb) to the Detroit Pistons for SF Maurice Evans. The Lakers also had a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, trading away a future second round pick for J. R. Pinnock.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 26 Jordan Farmar Guard  United States UCLA
2 51 Cheick Samb Center  Senegal WTC Cornellà (Spain)


2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F/C 54 United States Brown, Kwame 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Glynn Academy
SG 24 United States Bryant, Kobe (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) LMHS
C 17 United States Bynum, Andrew 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) SJHS
PF 43 United States Cook, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 258 lb (117 kg) Illinois
G/F 6 United States Evans, Maurice 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Texas
PG 5 United States Farmar, Jordan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) UCLA
G 2 United States McKie, Aaron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Temple
F/C 31 United States Mihm, Chris 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Texas
PF 7 United States Odom, Lamar (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Rhode Island
PG 1 United States Parker, Smush 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fordham
F 10 Serbia Radmanović, Vladimir 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Serbia & Montenegro
PF 21 France Turiaf, Ronny 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 249 lb (113 kg) Gonzaga
SG 18 Slovenia Vujačić, Sasha 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Slovenia
SF 4 United States Walton, Luke 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Arizona
PG 3 United States Williams, Shammond 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 201 lb (91 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Last transaction: 2007-07-17

Injuries and surgeries

Besides the signings, L.A.'s most notable move was the injury bug. Kobe Bryant, the reigning scoring champion had successful surgery on his knee and would decline playing for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship, where they finished 3rd, with bronze.[2]

Center Chris Mihm, who was the starting big man before having an ankle injury, also underwent successful surgery and was not expected to play at all in the upcoming season.[3]

Regular season

The beginning success

The Lakers started their season opener hosting the Phoenix Suns, the team who knocked them out of the playoffs. Kobe Bryant was out, allowing Maurice Evans to play in his place. Centers Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm were out on injury, forcing Bynum in their place.

Even with two of their starters out on injuries, it didn't seem to affect the team, as Odom led the team until Bryant recovered. The next night at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors, Odom had stats, almost recording his first triple-double of the season, 22 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. Ronny Turiaf, known for his sideline celebrations, had career-highs in almost every category, including 23 points and nine rebounds for a 110-98 win. Bryant also sat this out.

Going downhill

By March, the Lakers were in disarray. Radmanović was fined $500,000 for lying to the organization about his injury, Walton, Brown and Odom were playing on injuries, and despite some 40-point games, Bryant was unable to stop the Lakers fall. Coach Jackson suffered his first seven-game losing streak of his career in result. It seemed impossible for the Lakers to make the playoffs. Bryant decided to step his game up even further.

In the March 16th game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bryant recorded his second-highest outbreak of his career with 65 points, single-handely winning the game after being down by 12 with four minutes in regulation.

He continued by getting 50, 60, and another 50 in games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets respectively. By doing so, Bryant recorded the second-longest streak of scoring 50+ points in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain. Two days after his game against New Orleans, Kobe ended his streek in a game against the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles with 43 points. Bryant's high scoring month continued. He scored 53 in an overtime loss against the Houston Rockets two games later.

But Bryant's scoring binge, which led to the team's five-game winning streak, was followed by the aforementioned seven-game losing streak. Throughout the season, the Lakers recorded wins in most the games Bryant scored 40+ points, going 14 - 6 in those games.

Season standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 61 21 .744 - 33–8 28–13 11–5
x-Los Angeles Lakers 42 40 .512 19 25–16 17–24 10–6
x-Golden State Warriors 42 40 .512 19 30–11 12–29 6–10
Los Angeles Clippers 40 42 .488 21 25–16 15–26 8–8
Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 28 20–21 13–28 5–11

Template:2006–07 NBA West standings


Despite stumbling in the playoffs with a 42-40 record, after finishing March and April with a combined 9-14 standing, the Lakers felt something to prove. The Phoenix Suns had something to prove too. With a 61-21 record, the Suns hoped to avoid last season's epic seven-game series and stream-roll through the playoffs.

In the first game, the Lakers started out strong, with Bryant showing his usual scoring dominance with 28 points, holding the Suns to just 39 points. But the Suns, led by Leandro Barbosa led a furious comeback, highlighted a buzzer beater from just in front of the half-court line. L.A. lost the game 95-87, and Bryant having 39 points. But any hopes of putting up a better fight in the second game was soon dashed.

The Suns crushed the Lakers by 28 points, a 126-98 victory in Game 2. Phoenix defense held the Laker starters to just 51 points, while all six Suns, including all starters, scored in double-figures. Down 0-2, the series went to L.A. for a Game 3 which the Lakers won 95-89 before losing badly at home in Game 4 as Steve Nash dished out 23 assists in a 113-100 win. The Suns went back home and took Game 5 119-110.

West First Round

(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers

April 24
Los Angeles Lakers 98, Phoenix Suns 126
US Airways Center, Phoenix
April 26
Phoenix Suns 89, Los Angeles Lakers 95
April 29
Phoenix Suns 113, Los Angeles Lakers 100
Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 2
Los Angeles Lakers 110, Phoenix Suns 119
Phoenix wins series, 4–1
US Airways Center, Phoenix

Last Playoff Meeting: 2006 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 4-3)

Player statistics

  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

Awards and records

  • SG Kobe Bryant
    • All-NBA First Team[4]
    • NBA All-Defensive First Team[5]
    • 2007 NBA All-Star MVP[6]
    • 06-07 NBA scoring champion (31.6 PPG)


In their most notable move, L.A. signed three-point specialist PF Vladimir Radmanović to a five year/$31 million contract from cross-town rivals Clippers.[7] Addressing the need for veterans, they also signed PG Shammond Williams for a one-year, $5 million deal.[8] To make ties with existing players, L.A. signed Brian Cook to a 3 year extension.[9]

Devean George, who won three titles with the Lakers in the early 2000s declined FA and signed with the Mavericks, leaving Bryant the remaining player from the glory days.[10]

Most of the signings the Lakers did was sign and cut/trade. Pinnock, Mamadou N'diaye, Marcus Douthit and Devin Green were all cut before the season started.[11][12]


External links

  • L.A. Laker Official Site
  • L.A. Laker Roster Stats for 2006-07
  • 2006-07 Schedule
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