The Leon "Pow" game
It wasn't just the Big Three. Role players played a big part in a couple of championship runs. The most infamous of those involved the hard-working, undersized Leon Powe, whose personal story of perseverance through homelessness and poverty is remarkable in itself. In Game 2 of the 2008 Finals, Powe scored 21 points off the bench. No one saw it coming, especially not Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who wasn't all that sure who Powe was, calling him Leon "Pow" (as in "ow") in the postgame press conference.