After ending a six year championship drought in 2009, the Lakers were back on top and the only thing they wanted more was…. another one. Kobe Bryant was still considered by many to be the game’s best player, Pau Gasol- scarily enough- hadn’t reached his prime and L.A. maintained the luxury of choosing between Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum to round out a devastating frontcourt. But the road to defending their title would be tougher and the Lakers became just that with the addition of Ron Artest. Los Angeles went on to win 57 games and conquer the Western Conference yet again and as fate would have it, Artest proved to be the key to escaping a daunting seven game Finals for the ages against their hated Bostonian rivals. With several timely baskets down the stretch of Game 7 to cement a valiant 3-2 series comeback, Ron and his teammates etched themselves in Laker lore.