A Landmark Championship

Winning a title is always special. It means that months and months of hard work have finally paid off. This year's pro basketball championship was more special than usual.

The Lakers: With their big win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship. It is their fourth title of the decade and 15th overall. The Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in sports history. Only the Boston Celtics have more NBA Titles, with 17.

The MVP: All season long, Kobe Bryant has been talking about winning the NBA Championship. Some people even said that was all he thought about. Bryant made up his mind last fall that he wanted to win the title. He worked as hard as he could and expected the same dedication from his teammates. Together, they helped each other achieve their season-long goal. Bryant was named the MVP of the NBA Finals, meaning that he was the best player on the court during the five-game series. He couldn't have done it without the help of his teammates. Bryant has now won four NBA Titles.

The Coach: If Phil Jackson wins any more rings, he's going to have to put then on his toes. The Lakers' coach has now won 10 NBA Championships, the most of any coach in the league's history. He won six titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and has four with Bryant and the Lakers this decade. He is known as one of the best coaches in basketball history and his 10th title will only add to his reputation.

The Legacy: The Lakers' 2009 NBA Championship does more than just add to the growing list of accomplishments for Bryant, Jackson and the team. It shows the importance of setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Even though Bryant is one of the most talented players in the game, he still has to work hard with his teammates to reach the goal. In basketball, nothing gets accomplished without hard work. That's how fans will remember this great team.

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