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Lakers credit '08 loss to Celtics as motivation

Considered a pushover in the 2008 NBA Finals, Pau Gasol turned soft again - this time to embrace the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Lakers won the championship. Considered a pushover in the 2008 NBA Finals, Pau Gasol turned soft again - this time to embrace the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Lakers won the championship. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)
By Marc J. Spears
Globe Staff / June 16, 2009

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Lakers coach Phil Jackson passed Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach Sunday night for the most NBA titles with 10. Celtics legend Bill Russell handed the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy named after him to Lakers star Kobe Bryant. And Joe Buss, son of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, made a point of saying his franchise's 15 titles ... (Full article: 1133 words)

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