A Shared History

While the Lakers and Knicks are polar opposites, two players share a common story

Updated: January 9, 2011, 10:16 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks provide a study in contrasts.

Start with the stars who lead their teams and it's the ring-laden veteran guard Kobe Bryant versus the extremely athletic, yet mostly unaccomplished big man in Amare Stoudemire. Make your way to the sidelines and you have Phil Jackson and his precise triangle against Mike D'Antoni and his free-wheeling, seven-seconds-or-less system (which Jackson described as actually "five or six seconds" on Friday). There is even ...

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