2009 NBA Finals | Disneyland vs Disney WorldCategory: Basketball
Enough of those conspiracy theories. No Lebron vs Kobe dream match will happen in this season’s NBA Finals. It will be the Mickey Mouse series. It’s Disneyland vs Disney World! It’s named as such because the two Disney theme parks are prominent landmarks in both Los Angeles and Orlando.
The Disneyland Resort is a recreational resort complex, that opened in 1955, in Anaheim, California. The resort is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts division and is home to two theme parks, three hotels and a shopping, dining, and entertainment area.
Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world, containing four theme parks; two water parks; twenty-three themed hotels; and numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation venues. Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts segment of The Walt Disney Company, it is located southwest of Orlando, Florida.
Simply put, Disney World is bigger and better but Disneyland is the original.
Ok, let’s now talk basketball.
Aside from Mickey Mouse, there is still one BIG common denominator between the two teams facing for the finals. And I mean BIG — It’s the BIG Aristotle… or the BIG cactus… or the BIG whatever… Shaquille O’Neal. You see, Shaq brought the Orlando Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals but was swept by the Hakeem Olajuwon-led Houston Rockets in 4 games. He then led the Los Angeles Lakers to a three-peat from 2000-2002 before losing to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals.
Anyway, here’s the tale of the tape between the two teams facing in the 2009 NBA Finals.
|LA Lakers||Orlando Magic|
|Regular Season Record||65-17 (.793)||59-23 (.720)|
|Playoffs Record||12-6 (.667)||12-7 (.631)|
|Previous NBA Finals Appearance||29||1|
|NBA Finals Record||14-15 (.482)||0-1 (.000)|
|TEAM LEADERS IN EACH CATEGORY
|LA Lakers||Orlando Magic|
|Playoffs PPG||Kobe Bryant (29.6)||Dwight Howard (21.7)|
|Playoffs RPG||Pau Gasol (11.3)||Dwight Howard (15.4)|
|Playoffs APG||Kobe Bryant (4.9)||Hedo Torkuglo (5.1)|
|Playoffs BPG||Pau Gasol (2.0)||Dwight Howard (2.22)|
|Playoffs SPG||Kobe Bryant (1.72)||Rafer Alston (1.61)|
|Playoffs FG%||Pau Gasol (.57)||Dwight Howard (.62)|
|Playoffs FT%||Kobe Bryant (.90)||J.J. Redick (.92)|
|Playoffs 3P%||Lamar Odom (.52)||Mickael Pietrus (.39)|
The Magic has the advantage over the Lakers in their regular season face-off winning the two games they met; 106-103 on the first game and 109-103 on the second. But it’s the playoffs. We are talking of a totally different ballgame here.
Here’s the schedule of games here in the Philippines. You might need it. 😉
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