|06-07 Los Angeles Lakers season|
|Head Coach||Phil Jackson|
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|Place||Division: 2nd West Pacific Division, 7th Seed|
|Playoff Finish||Eliminated 4-1 by Phoenix Suns|
The 2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 59th in the NBA and 61st overall. The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. The 2006–07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. The season ended with the team being eliminated in five games in a rematch against the Phoenix Suns from the 2006 playoffs. The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Association 's 2005-06 season.
The Lakers finished 2nd place in the Pacific Division, 7th seed in the playoffs. Ultimately, even though team Captain Kobe Bryant was the leading NBA scorer with 32. Kobe Bean Bryant (born) is an American All-Star Shooting guard 6 PPG, the Lakers were crushed by the Suns in the match up in the playoffs.
|2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers roster|
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Center Chris Mihm, who was the starting big man before having an ankle injury, also undergoed successful sugery and was not expected to play at all in the upcoming season. 
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. Jordan Robert Farmar (born November 30 1986 is an American professional Basketball player for the NBA 's Los Angeles Lakers. The University of California Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Westwood Los Angeles, California, United Los Angeles also traded their 51st pick(Cheick Samb) to the Detroit Pistons for SF Maurice Evans. Samb Chiekh Tidiane (born October 22 1984, in Senegal) is a Senegalese professional Basketball player The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area Maurice Eugene Evans (born November 8 1978, in Wichita Kansas) is an American professional Basketball player currently under The Lakers also had a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, trading away a future second round pick for J. R. Pinnock. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are the professional Basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas Texas Danilo Agustin "JR" Pinnock (born December 11th, 1983 in Fort Hood Texas) is an American professional Basketball player
|1||26||Jordan Farmar||Guard||United States||UCLA|
|2||51||Cheick Samb||Center||Senegal||WTC Cornellà (Spain)|
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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. This article is about the basketball player For the footballer (soccer player with the same name see Mamadou N'Diaye (footballer Mamadou N'Diaye Marcus Eugene Douthit (born April 15 1980, in Syracuse New York) is an American Basketball player who graduated from Providence College Devin Green (born October 25, 1982) is a professional Basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association 
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. Maurice Eugene Evans (born November 8 1978, in Wichita Kansas) is an American professional Basketball player currently under Centers Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm were out on injury, forcing Bynum in their place. Kwame James Brown (born March 10 1982 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American professional Basketball player who currently plays Christopher Steven Mihm (born July 16 1979 is a 7 ft (213 m 265 pound (120 kg American professional Basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers
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. The Oracle Arena, also known by its former names of the Oakland Coliseum Arena, the Oakland Arena, the Arena In Oakland, and The New Arena is The Golden State Warriors are an American professional Basketball team based in Oakland, California. Ronny Turiaf, known for his sideline celebrations, had career-highs in almost every catogary, including 23 points and nine rebounds for a 110-98 win. Bryant also sat this out.
By March, the Lakers were in disarray. Radmanović was fined $500,000 for lying to the organazation 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 outbreast of his career with 65, single-handely winning the game after being down by 12 with four minutes in regulation. He wasn't done.
He continued by getting 50, 60, and another 50 in games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets; by doing so, Bryant recorded the second-longest streak of scoring 50+ points in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional Basketball team based in Minneapolis Minnesota, United States. The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional Basketball team based in Memphis Tennessee. The New Orleans Hornets are a professional Basketball team based in New Orleans Louisiana, United States. Two days after scoring in New Orleans, Kobe ended a game against the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles with 43, an 'off night'. The Golden State Warriors are an American professional Basketball team based in Oakland, California. But Bryant's scoring month wasn't over, he also scored 53 in an overtime loss against the Houston Rockets two games later.
But Bryant's scoring binge did it's part, his five-game winning streak followed the aforementioned seven-game losing streak. The Lakers recorded wins in almost all the games Bryant scored 40+ points, going 14 - 6 in those games.
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. The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. 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. Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28 1982 in São Paulo, São Paulo) is a Brazilian professional Basketball player 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.