1998-99 Los Angeles Lakers Season
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1998%E2%80%9399 Los Angeles Lakers Season
1998-99 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coachDel Harris, Bill Bertka, Kurt Rambis
Owner(s)Jerry Buss
ArenaGreat Western Forum
Results
Record31–19 (.620)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Spurs 0-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports West, KCAL
RadioAM 570 KLAC

The 1998-99 NBA season was the Lakers' 51st season in the National Basketball Association, and 39th in the city of Los Angeles.[1] It was the Lakers' final season at the Great Western Forum. During the offseason, the Lakers signed free agent Derek Harper. In his first season as a starter, Kobe Bryant finished second on the team in scoring with 19.9 points per game. At midseason, Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell were both traded to the Charlotte Hornets for All-Star forward Glen Rice, J.R. Reid and B.J. Armstrong, who was released and signed with the Orlando Magic.[2] The Lakers move continued midway through the season, signing free agent and rebounding specialist Dennis Rodman, who was well known for winning championships with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.[3] However, after 23 games, Rodman was released by the team.[4]

The Lakers finished second in the Pacific Division with a 31-19 record in a season shortened to 50 games due to a four-month lockout. Their attendance for the season was 430,007 (12th in the league). In the playoffs, the Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 3-1 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but were swept in four straight games by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs during the Western Conference Semifinals.

Following the season, Reid signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks, Sean Rooks was traded back to the Dallas Mavericks, rookie Ruben Patterson signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, and Harper was dealt to the Detroit Pistons, but was released and then retired.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Sam Jacobson Guard  United States Minnesota

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Roster

Roster Notes

Regular season

The Lakers went through three coaches during the season: Del Harris (6-6), Bill Bertka (1-0) and Kurt Rambis (24-13). Fourteen different Lakers started at least one game during the season.[6] From February 25 to March 12, the Lakers won ten consecutive games. Outside of the streak, the Lakers were 21-19 in all other games. During the season, over half of the Lakers' games were televised nationally.[6]

At season's end, the Lakers ranked second in the league in scoring at 99.0 points per game (only Sacramento averaged more points: 100.2 ppg). Despite the high scoring, the Lakers were the fourth worst Free Throw shooting team in the league with a percentage of .683. Shaquille O'Neal had a percentage of .540. Following the season, Rambis was fired as coach.

Season standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 - 22-3 13-12 15-7
x-Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 4 18-7 13-12 14-8
x-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 8 16-9 11-14 11-9
x-Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 8 15-10 12-13 9-10
Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 10 17-8 8-17 11-10
Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 14 13-12 8-17 8-11
Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 26 6-19 3-22 3-16
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 -
2 y-Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 2
3 x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 -
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 6
5 x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6
6 x-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 10
7 x-Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 10
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12
9 Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 12
10 Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 16
11 Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18
12 Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23
13 Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 28
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

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Record vs. opponents

1998-99 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta -- 3-0 3-0 3-1 2-1 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-0 3-1 1-0 0-0 0-3 1-2 0-0 1-2 2-1 2-2 2-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-0 2-1
Boston 0-3 -- 1-2 2-1 2-2 0-0 1-0 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-3 1-0 0-0 3-0 0-3 0-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-0 3-1
Charlotte 0-3 2-1 -- 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 2-2 0-0 3-0 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-1 1-0 0-0 2-1
Chicago 1-3 1-2 1-2 -- 0-3 0-1 0-0 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-3 1-0 0-0 1-2 1-3 0-0 2-1 1-2 0-3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 1-2 0-1 1-0 1-2
Cleveland 1-2 2-2 1-2 3-0 -- 0-0 0-0 1-2 1-0 0-1 0-3 0-0 1-0 0-3 1-2 0-0 3-0 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-2 0-1 0-0 1-2
Dallas 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 -- 2-1 0-1 2-2 2-2 0-0 3-0 0-3 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-3 0-3 2-2 1-3 0-3 0-0 0-3 2-1 0-0
Denver 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 -- 0-0 1-3 0-4 0-1 3-0 1-2 0-1 1-0 0-3 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-4 2-2 0-0 1-2 3-1 0-1
Detroit 2-1 3-0 0-3 3-0 2-1 1-0 0-0 -- 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-1 2-1 2-1 0-4 1-3 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 2-1 1-0 0-0 2-1
Golden State 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-1 2-2 3-1 0-0 -- 0-3 1-0 2-1 1-2 0-0 0-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 1-2 2-2 1-2 0-3 1-2 0-0 0-4 4-0 0-0
Houston 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-2 4-0 0-0 3-0 -- 0-0 3-1 1-2 0-1 0-0 2-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 2-2 2-1 3-0 0-3 2-1 1-0 0-3 4-0 0-0
Indiana 1-2 3-0 2-1 3-0 3-0 0-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 -- 0-0 1-0 2-2 3-0 0-0 3-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-0 3-0
L.A. Clippers 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-3 0-3 0-0 1-2 1-3 0-0 -- 0-4 0-0 0-0 2-2 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-3 0-1 1-3 1-3 0-0
L.A. Lakers 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-1 3-0 2-1 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-1 4-0 -- 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 3-1 2-2 1-2 2-1 2-2 0-0 1-3 2-1 0-0
Miami 3-0 0-3 2-1 2-1 3-0 1-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 1-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 -- 2-1 0-1 3-1 2-2 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-1 0-0 3-0
Milwaukee 2-1 3-0 2-2 3-1 2-1 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-0 0-0 0-3 0-0 0-0 1-2 -- 1-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 3-1 0-0 0-0 2-1
Minnesota 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-1 3-0 1-0 2-2 1-2 0-0 2-2 1-2 1-0 0-1 -- 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-3 3-1 2-2 2-1 0-1 0-3 3-1 0-0
New Jersey 2-1 2-1 0-3 1-2 0-3 1-0 0-1 1-2 0-0 0-1 1-3 0-1 0-0 1-3 1-2 0-0 -- 0-3 0-3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-1 0-0 0-0 2-1
New York 1-2 2-1 3-1 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 1-0 0-1 2-2 1-2 1-0 3-0 -- 0-3 3-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-1
Orlando 2-2 2-1 2-1 3-0 2-1 0-1 0-0 4-0 1-0 1-0 2-1 0-0 0-1 1-2 2-1 0-0 3-0 3-0 -- 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-1
Philadelphia 1-2 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 3-1 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-0 1-2 2-1 0-0 2-1 1-3 2-1 -- 0-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 2-1 0-0 1-0 1-2
Phoenix 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 3-1 3-0 0-1 2-1 2-2 0-0 3-0 1-3 0-0 1-0 2-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 -- 0-3 0-3 2-2 3-0 0-0 2-2 3-0 0-0
Portland 0-0 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 3-0 3-0 0-0 2-2 1-2 1-0 2-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 3-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 3-0 -- 4-0 1-3 2-2 0-0 1-2 4-0 0-0
Sacramento 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 3-0 0-0 2-1 0-3 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 3-0 0-4 -- 1-2 2-2 0-0 1-2 4-0 1-0
San Antonio 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-1 3-1 4-0 1-0 3-0 3-0 0-0 3-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 2-2 3-1 2-1 -- 2-1 0-1 2-1 3-0 0-0
Seattle 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 3-0 2-2 0-1 2-1 1-2 0-0 3-0 2-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-3 2-2 2-2 1-2 -- 0-0 2-2 2-1 0-1
Toronto 1-2 2-1 1-2 2-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-0 0-0 0-3 1-3 1-0 1-2 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 -- 0-0 1-0 2-2
Utah 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 3-0 2-1 0-1 4-0 3-0 0-0 3-1 3-1 1-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-2 0-0 -- 3-0 1-0
Vancouver 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 1-2 1-3 0-0 0-3 0-4 0-1 3-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-3 0-3 0-4 0-3 1-2 0-1 0-3 -- 0-0
Washington 1-2 1-3 1-2 2-1 2-1 0-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-3 1-2 0-0 1-2 1-2 1-2 2-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-0 2-2 0-1 0-0 --

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 3-1)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (4) Los Angeles Lakers: Spurs win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 17): San Antonio 87, Los Angeles 81
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 19): San Antonio 79, Los Angeles 76
  • Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): San Antonio 103, Los Angeles 91
  • Game 4 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 23): San Antonio 118, Los Angeles 107

Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-2)

Player stats

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Corie Blount 14 3 11.6 .394 .000 .500 3.3 .1 .1 .3 2.3
Kobe Bryant 50 50 37.9 .465 .267 .839 5.3 3.8 1.4 1.0 19.9
Elden Campbell 17 1 19.1 .436 . .613 5.6 .5 .1 .9 7.4
Derek Fisher 50 21 22.6 .376 .392 .756 1.8 3.9 1.2 .0 5.9
Rick Fox 44 1 21.5 .448 .337 .742 2.0 2.0 .6 .2 9.0
Derek Harper 45 29 24.9 .412 .368 .813 1.5 4.2 1.0 .1 6.9
Robert Horry 38 5 19.6 .459 .444 .739 4.0 1.5 .9 1.0 4.9
Sam Jacobson 2 0 6.0 .600 .000 1.000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 4.0
Eddie Jones 20 20 36.2 .423 .313 .738 3.8 3.1 1.8 1.2 13.6
Travis Knight 37 23 14.2 .515 .000 .759 3.5 .8 .6 .7 4.2
Tyronn Lue 15 0 12.5 .431 .438 .571 .4 1.7 .3 .0 5.0
Shaquille O'Neal 49 49 34.8 .576 .000 .540 10.7 2.3 .7 1.7 26.3
Ruben Patterson 24 2 6.0 .412 .167 .710 1.3 .1 .2 .1 2.7
J. R. Reid 25 10 18.9 .407 .000 .717 4.0 .9 .6 .0 5.0
Glen Rice 27 25 36.5 .432 .393 .856 3.7 2.6 .6 .2 17.5
Dennis Rodman 23 11 28.6 .348 .000 .436 11.2 1.3 .4 .5 2.1
Sean Rooks 36 0 8.8 .405 .000 .708 2.0 .3 .1 .3 2.7


  • Shaquille O'Neal averaged 26.3 ppg (2nd), 10.7 rpg (8th), and shot 57.6% (1st). For his efforts, he was named to the All-NBA second-team.
  • Kobe Bryant had a career high 19.9 ppg and added 3.8 apg. He was recognized as an All-NBA third-team.
  • Dennis Rodman played 23 games with the Lakers in 1999. He averaged 11.2 rebounds per game and the Lakers went 17-6 with Rodman in the lineup.
  • Glen Rice played in 27 games with the club and averaged 17.5 points per game. With Rice in the lineup, the Lakers went 16-11

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 8 8 39.4 .430 .348 .800 6.9 4.6 1.9 1.3 19.8
Elden Campbell 17 1 19.1 .436 . .613 5.6 .5 .1 .9 7.4
Derek Fisher 8 8 29.8 .418 .345 .800 3.6 4.9 1.0 .0 9.8
Rick Fox 8 1 22.6 .400 .190 1.000 2.8 1.5 .5 .6 6.6
Derek Harper 7 0 16.1 .419 .100 .500 1.4 2.1 .3 .1 4.3
Robert Horry 8 0 22.1 .462 .417 .786 4.5 1.4 .8 .8 5.0
Travis Knight 3 0 3.3 .333 . .500 1.7 .3 .0 .0 1.0
Tyronn Lue 3 0 11.0 .412 .000 . .7 2.0 .7 .0 4.7
Shaquille O'Neal 8 8 39.4 .510 . .466 11.6 2.3 .9 2.9 26.6
Ruben Patterson 3 0 1.7 .000 . . .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
J. R. Reid 8 8 22.3 .357 . .750 5.3 .4 .5 .6 3.3
Glen Rice 7 7 43.9 .446 .357 .966 3.9 1.6 .7 .1 18.3
Sean Rooks 7 0 6.9 .333 . .833 .3 .4 .0 .1 1.3

Awards and honors

  • Kobe Bryant, All-NBA Third Team
  • Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA Second Team

Transactions

References

  1. ^ 1998-99 Los Angeles Lakers
  2. ^ "Lakers Swap Rumors for a Victory". Los Angeles Times. February 17, 1999. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Rodman Signs Lakers Contract". Chicago Tribune. February 23, 1999. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "N.B.A. : ROUNDUP -- LAKERS; Rodman's Act Finally Wears Too Thin". New York Times. April 16, 1999. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "1998 NBA Draft History - Round 1". Mynbadraft.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "1998-99 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved .

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