Thanks to an overall dominating performance by Kobe Bryant and timely shooting by point guard Derek Fisher, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Kobe, at long last, has shed the “can’t win without Shaq” label as he was named Finals MVP. Phil Jackson cemented his place in basketball history with an unprecedented 10th NBA title.

The Lakers now stand poised for a long run — Kobe, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom form the core of a team that should contend for years to come.