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  • in these n b A finals way are seeing one of the most dominant forces in league history.

  • Los Angeles is the home of past greatness and present excellence.

  • Powered big man of His ERA Shaquille O'Neal's legend is still in the making, but now, for the third straight year, he is imposing his will and skill upon the N B A Finals.

  • It's like a man against boys here tonight.

  • Rebound on O'Neal going up because he seemed so unstoppable, the outcome of the Siri's seems inevitable.

  • Another conference champion cast aside another Finals MVP award.

  • Another Lakers type.

  • Can New Jersey do anything about it?

  • Game three.

  • Next, This is the n B A R and B C Wth e N b A Finals have come to a revitalized New Jersey Meadowlands for the first time.

  • The Nets hope of change of venue can transform their fortunes, but only two teams in finals history have come back from O to deficits to win the championship and none in the last 25 years.

  • To do it.

  • Jason Kidd in the Nets.

  • I have to find an answer for Shaquille O'Neal's dominating play, which has defined the Siri's thus far.

  • Memo to the Nets.

  • Good luck and hello again, everyone.

  • I'm Bob Costas, joined in a moment by Tom Tolbert, who usedto have to guard Shaquille O'Neal and practice at Orlando.

  • This no doubt hasten Tolbert's retirement, and unless something changes here in a hurry, shack on the Lakers are about to retire.

  • The Nets from the N B.

  • A Finals Big Guy is averaging 38 points and 14 rebounds, tossing in five assists a game while shooting 58% from the field, and even 69% from the free throw line, which leads Phil Jackson to view tonight's Game three this way.

  • This is a game we call, you know, putting the lid on the coffin.

  • Basically, you can't pound the nails in yet, but you really put a team to sleep if you win this game.

  • And so this is how critical the game is to us.

  • All right, Tom, Phil Jackson is talking about wheeling out the coffin.

  • What can the Nets do to keep the undertaker at bay here?

  • Why?

  • I think what they have to do is say, Look, we've been written off by everybody, and most people probably have us big swept.

  • Well, we have to do is not worry about what goes in the basket.

  • What doesn't go in the basket.

  • But can we look ourselves in the mayor at the end of the game and say, You know what?

  • We dove after loose balls.

  • We boxed out.

  • We ran as hard as we could, back on offense and back on defense.

  • If you could do that, you can live with yourself.

  • But with regards to Shack and you can't let this guy do what he's been doing, Bob, it's just impossible.

  • 40 points, eight assists.

  • You gotta take one of the other away.

  • You can't let him yo yo u.

  • So either you double team shack, which I would do and make him try to get 13 14 15 assists or you just let him scores 45.

  • But don't let anybody else get off Tough task one way or the other, though They're home now, they've got to get off to a better start in the 1st 2 games in L.

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  • They shot terribly in the first quarter, combined 25% and I think if you don't if you don't pay that much attention to what you're doing out there shooting.

  • Sometimes things come into your hustle.

  • You get layups, get found.

  • Go to the free throw line.

  • You get rebounds.

  • Land back in.

  • That helps your free throw.

  • Cherry helps your field goal percentage immensely.

  • Okay, Pat Croce is back now at the N B A finals.

  • Last year, he was present as the president of the Philadelphia 76 years and, in fact, Roaches Team took Game one from the Lakers in L.

  • A before falling in five to the eventual champ.

  • This year, Pat is our man on the scene.

  • Let's go down to the floor and join him as I remember last year's finals, Pat, even though your team lost four of the five games, most of those games were very close and could have gone either way.

  • Hello, Bob, and you're right.

  • Last year we won the first game.

  • Allen Iverson played out of his mind and we had game, too.

  • But dark Fisher throws at three.

  • We had Game three, but where he throws his three way contained shocked a little while, but the entire team beat the Sixers last year.

  • Are you up for the game?

  • Are you energized in any way.

  • Just let me in on this dance floor.

  • Not only has a fan, but every team that gets on this floor at this time of year has a chance for rings, a parade for their city and to be the best basketball team on the planet.

  • What better name is that?

  • All right, One last question.

  • Todd MacCulloch was your player last year with the 76 is, Of course, you also had Dick Mboma tumble to try to contend with Shack.

  • Have you spoken with McCullough at all during this hearing?

  • I have talked to Todd, and you know he's frustrating, though, is disappointed because here's an overachiever.

  • He works really hard at what he does, but he needs help.

  • As you said, Kevin Matobo needed help last year.

  • He needs help us.

  • Thompson.

  • Toe front shock.

  • Help check.

  • Toehold.

  • Check the shock, the hack shack.

  • Whatever you can do to help.

  • Well, nothing's worked so far.

  • Still to come.

  • We'll hear more from Phil Jackson, who would win a match up between his nineties Bulls and his turn of the century power in Los Angeles.

  • That's among the topics when we talk with the Lakers coach, plus Ahmad Rashad's conversation with L.

  • A's two superstars.

  • You're watching the NB A on NBC.

  • The Los Angeles Lakers have a choir.

  • 24 year old superstar Charlotte Hornets have traded Kobe Bryant to the Lakers back at the Meadowlands.

  • We now welcome in Ahmad Rashad, who spent part of last week in Los Angeles talking with two big guns for the Lakers.

  • I did, but I was hanging with them while you were at the Polo Lounge.

  • You know, it was back in 1996 that Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant both joined the Lakers.

  • Since then, they become the NBA's most dominating duo.

  • But the two stars have also had some ups and downs in their personal relationship, especially last season when they had a much publicized rip.

  • This year, they put it all behind them, and now the tandem of Shaq and Kobe is just two wins away from their third straight championship.

  • Do you feel like with two of you you guys are unbeatable?

  • I feel that way.

  • Yeah, there's this understanding that we have, um, we just played so well together so much said about the relationship between you and Shack came to a head last season.

  • How is that developed shack?

  • He's a big brother.

  • Uh, I'm the little brother.

  • I'm the big brother.

  • He's little brother.

  • We're in a big brother.

  • Little brother relationship.

  • Younger brother is coming to his home.

  • I kind of got him a little bit.

  • You gotta go.

  • You gotta take him to the park and fight with him.

  • Then when he could fight on his own and you said I could beat him up, Yeah, she was something we had to go through just to grow as individuals and graduate team.

  • I think of anything that brought us closer together.

  • And our relationship now is the best it's ever been.

  • It seemed to me that the culmination of your friendship with Shack came about before game six with Sacramento.

  • When?

  • 2 30 in the morning.

  • You called Shack?

  • What was that all about?

  • Uh, my mom was on again.

  • We had a huge challenge ahead of us.

  • That was a week straight.

  • And, uh, I just wanted you McCall.

  • I see.

  • If he was thinking about the game on, if he was going to wake him up, let him know I was just make history.

  • I'll be ready.

  • I know he was gonna be ready.

  • I grew up in New Jersey going back as a champion, trying to win another championship.

  • What's that mean to you?

  • Kobe got the wind in his hometown.

  • It'll be fun.

  • All my relatives there where I was born and raised.

  • Everybody's gonna be there watching hope for that.

  • Number three, while Shock is in New Jersey, says he'll find some time to pay a visit to Newark and drop in on his grandfather and his great grandmother.

  • But he won't have time for everybody.

  • He has more than 200 relatives in the area, which means a lot of tickets.

  • But now these guys are legitimate friends now.

  • It's almost like when you first moved in their neighborhood and you don't get along really well with the other other guy.

  • They are tight now because I think they both realize that they can't do what they want to do in basketball without each other.

  • I would agree.

  • I mean, when you look at him even going back to last year, Kobe was making little jab, that shack, that he wasn't in shape and you look at what Kobe said about Jax thing about Kobe talking about Gary Payton.

  • Look, he would pass the ball.

  • Maybe we need someone that would pass.

  • The bomb is very subtle stuff, but I think they realize they're the two best players, one of the most dominating player ever to play the game in Shack.

  • And then you have.

  • Kobe may be the best all around player in the game.

  • They can do without one another, you know, Just a few months ago, Shack was saying that when Phil Jackson leaves and that's just a few more years at the end of his Laker contract, when he goes, I go.

  • But this week he told you something entirely.

  • He has totally changed all that as long as I've known Shack.

  • He is more serious about basketball right now in his career, and he told me he wants to play 10 more years, and he's so much better than when he was.

  • When I played with him as a rookie in Orlando, he was a rookie.

  • It was a near what is now passing wasn't near what it is now.

  • I mean, this guy is a very good basketball player.

  • Everybody wants to get credit for its power.

  • But he's a good player around the hope, aside from just his power behind us as Tom was making his comments, the New Jersey Nets coming out of their locker room and onto the Florida warm up, obviously a much different reception than what they were met by at the Staples Center.

  • And as we turn our attention now to the Nets, Peter Vescey has been talking to the New Jersey players.

  • Pete, what's their mindset tonight, Bob?

  • They're thinking about thinking less and reacting.

  • Maur.

  • They're thinking that they're ecstatic to be home, that they're gonna feed off the energy of their crowd, that thinking that they have to attack Shack.

  • He's only had two fouls in each of the 1st 2 games, but they have to attack him not only from the center position but from all the positions.

  • Allah, the Sacramento Kings problem is Bob.

  • They don't have one on one guys other than Jason Kidd to some extent and Jefferson.

  • So they're thinking they have to develop those skills real fast and they're thinking they have to develop an inside game, which they really don't have real fast.

  • They're thinking that that prey.

  • And actually that Kobe Bryant tries to win the M V P starting tonight and takes it away.

  • Takes the ball away from shack.

  • And also there, praying Bob that nobody nobody says anything remotely disrespectful about Shack.

  • Not even you not told.

  • Nobody don't know what happens.

  • All right, well, we'll see.

  • I haven't received the memo, but I guess anything anything to change their fortunes are thanks to Peter Bessie.

  • You know when you think about it going back to the last couple of years, when the Lakers won their first championship, Indiana could have one each of the 1st 2 games in L.

  • A.

  • They did win two of the three games in Indiana, and the game they lost went to overtime.

  • Philly split the 1st 2 games in L.

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  • Nets have not really been within hailing.

  • This is even when they got close a couple of times in L.

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  • You never felt like I had a chance to win the game, Peter said, that they would be praying that nobody said any much.

  • I think they're praying for more than that.

  • I'm telling you, it's just not the best time of year to start developing stuff.

  • If you don't have it by now, you're probably never going to happen.

  • What have it, What they need to do and shoot the ball before the lake through the deep end.

  • Set up.

  • They have with the lamp or a 20 footer or a 10 footer.

  • You get down the court before the Lakers defense gets set up, you shoot the basketball concerts.

  • Their best chance to score.

  • I talked to Jason Kidd come from the Meadowlands as we get set for Game three.

  • We'll hear from Bill Jackson, with the Lakers attempting to move a step closer to 1/3 consecutive championship.

  • The Nets, on the other hand, have a more modest goal.

  • Try to make this serious competitive with a win tonight.

  • We'll be right back.

  • Game three Coming up Well, Phil Jackson presided over two separate Chicago Bulls three piece, and he's now on his way, apparently to making it three titles in his 1st 3 seasons with the Lakers, so comparisons are inevitable between his team's on their greatest stars.

  • That was part of the conversation when I spoke with Jackson earlier today by consensus.

  • Michael Jordan is the greatest player who's ever played in the NBA.

  • But somebody could mount an argument that if you just want to win a championship, the most dominant player of the modern era is shack.

  • So if you had the two of them, you can only have one.

  • Some people might actually take shock, even though it seems like sacrilege.

  • What do you say?

  • Um, I said that that question was posed a lot longer and I said, Yes, stabbed me in the back.

  • I want to make a distinction between two of the greatest players have coached, but the reality is, is that check is so dominant.

  • You always have an overmatch.

  • You can always draw a double to.

  • You almost always get a shot for somebody because he's gonna double.

  • Team drawback about that is that he's gonna have a ball fitness hands, Michael taking, developing something from looking.

  • Bring it up the court finding an operating space.

  • So they're both great.

  • I think that, you know the big key is a cheque started make free throws.

  • Now he's learned how to do it.

  • Now it's unstoppable, you know, really, if he makes his foul shots when people debate the greatest teams of all time.

  • One argument that always comes up is all right.

  • The Bulls were sensation open in the finals.

  • They never had to meet a team with a dominant center.

  • So what happens if the best of your Bulls teams, which every year you choose, goes up against the Lakers with Shack?

  • What happens Very difficult for that team.

  • For the Bulls?

  • Yeah, real difficult.

  • We did beat.

  • Orlando was share, swept him.

  • They had gone to the finals the year before, so they were the Eastern Conference champions.

  • But it was very difficult because we didn't like to double team that Chicago team one to stay pretty solid defensively.

  • And the only thing we could do was put pressure, which is what a lot of teams tried to do to us with the Lakers now.

  • So interesting stuff as Jackson says that his old Chicago Bulls teams would have a tough time with his present Lakers at halftime.

  • More with Jackson.

  • He'll talk about his own standing as a coach and how long he plans to remain on the bench.

  • How long to the New Jersey Nets plan to remain in this Siri's Tom?

  • I guess we'll know shortly Well, if you're the New Jersey Nets, you don't look at it.

  • It's trying to get back in the series by winning the game.

  • You can't look at the game and say We're down already to nothing.

  • You can look at it 1/2.

  • You have to go quarter by quarter has to be one of the great quarter.

  • Let's rebounds have high intensity.

  • Let's go out there and give it everything we have on.

  • Let's see where we end up.