The Lakers held home court advantage, and the series was played under a best-of-seven format. Although the Lakers, headed by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, were considered the heavy favorites, the Pistons handily won the series in five games. … 2004 NBA Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers
Did Kobe ever lose in the finals?
After the Lakers lost the 2004 NBA Finals, O’Neal was traded and Bryant became the cornerstone of the Lakers. … Kobe Bryant.