Yes, he had MJ, Shaq and Kobe, but go inside Phil Jackson's quest for a 10th title and you'll see he's a grinder at heart.
Lamar Odom is too quick for opposing power forwards and too big for wings to handle. That versatility is the reason why he's the Lakers' difference-maker.
Eric Neel discusses how Derek Fisher's struggles and suspension opened up time for Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown at point guard for the Lakers. Can they continue to deliver?
A vital part of Houston's success in the playoffs has been the play of undersized bigs Chuck Hayes and Carl Landry off the bench.
Did Steve Nash really deserve two MVPs? Was LeBron robbed last year? With the help of John Hollinger's newest stat, we can answer those questions.
Without Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston, the Rockets are better than ever, because of creative thinking and flexible plans.
Even as the pace quickens in the desert, Shaq, now 37, is enjoying success of historical nature.
Eric Neel makes his case for Los Angeles as TitleTown USA.
Eric Neel was bred to hate the Celtics. But this team, this big three, is creating a problem for him.
What was in Phil Jackson's recipe for beating the streaking Mavs? Eric Neel takes stock of the ingredients.
In beating the Spurs, the Lakers showed a defensive toughness that could make them contenders, Eric Neel writes.
The final score says it wasn't much of game: Lakers 82, Bulls 72. But Eric Neel's notebook reveals plenty of good things are happening for the Lakers.
Eric Neel sees good things with Phil Jackson reuniting with Kobe and teaching the young guys how to win.
Sure, the underdog makes for a nice story. But Eric Neel says this NBA season isn't made for Cinderella.
Fundamentals are good, sure; but Eric Neel says it's the pieces of flair that set NBA basketball apart from other sports.
That tournament the NCAA holds isn't the only one in town. Eric Neel takes a look at the NBA bracket.