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LOS ANGELES LAKERS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER*
G MAGIC JOHNSON 6-8 1987 27 23.9 6.3 12.2 27.0
Comment: Regular-season and Finals MVP as Lakers beat Celtics for title; Magic will make sure everyone gets their shots
G JERRY WEST 6-2 1965 26 31.0 6.0 4.9 25.0
Comment: Pick any of his 10 All-NBA seasons; we'll take '65, when he averaged 40 per game in playoffs; don't forget: he's Mr. Clutch
G KOBE BRYANT 6-6 2006 27 35.4 5.3 4.5 28.1
Comment: Highest scoring average since MJ in '87, but he may have to come off the bench unless Lakers go with a 3-guard offense
G GAIL GOODRICH 6-1 1974 30 25.3 3.0 5.2 18.5
Comment: Five-time All-Star with Lakers, was All-NBA 1st-team in '74
F JAMES WORTHY 6-9 1989 27 20.5 6.0 3.6 19.0
Comment: Was there ever a prettier sight than Worthy taking a Magic pass on the break and gliding in for a dunk?
F ELGIN BAYLOR 6-5 1963 28 34.0 14.3 4.6 26.6
Comment: How great was he? Was first or second in PER five straight seasons, including second in '63
F HAPPY HAIRSTON 6-7 1972 29 13.1 13.1 2.4 15.7
Comment: Never an All-Star, but adds some needed inside muscle and rebounding
F JAMAAL WILKES 6-6 1981 27 22.6 5.4 2.9 18.0
Comment: They called him Silk because he was so smooth
C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 7-1 2000 27 29.7 13.6 3.8 30.6
Comment: His only MVP season was really one of the great individual seasons in history; even made 2nd-team all-D
C KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR 7-2 1977 29 26/2 13.3 3.9 27.8
Comment: People sometimes forget how dominating he was: Led NBA in PER eight different times; MVP in '77 (one of six)

SCOUTING REPORT: Four keys for the Lakers against the Bulls: (1) Use size advantage with Shaq and Kareem, trying to get Gilmore into foul trouble; (2) Run at every opportunity, as Bulls will try to play physical; (3) You can't stop Jordan, but at least contain him with different defenders -- West, Bryant, maybe even Baylor; (4) Make Bulls beat you with the 3-point shot.