On this day in 2000, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to their first of three consecutive championships with a 116-111 victory over Indiana in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. O’Neal would win MVP honors after averaging 38 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks during the series. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shaquille O’Neal | Kobe Bryant

On this day in 2000, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to their first of three consecutive championships with a 116-111 victory over Indiana in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. O’Neal would win MVP honors after averaging 38 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks during the series. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shaquille O’Neal | Kobe Bryant


Patrick Ewing attempts to block Alonzo Mourning during Game 1 of the 2000 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Knicks and Heat. New York would go onto win the series in seven games. The Knicks are currently down 0-2 to the Heat and will likely be without Amar’e Stoudemire, who injured his hand after punching the glass casing around a fire extinguisher. (Bob Rosato/SI)
THOMSEN: Miami’s path easier with Stoudemire injury

Patrick Ewing attempts to block Alonzo Mourning during Game 1 of the 2000 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Knicks and Heat. New York would go onto win the series in seven games. The Knicks are currently down 0-2 to the Heat and will likely be without Amar’e Stoudemire, who injured his hand after punching the glass casing around a fire extinguisher. (Bob Rosato/SI)

THOMSEN: Miami’s path easier with Stoudemire injury

On this day in 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became a member of the Cincinnati Reds when the Mariners traded the second-generation outfielder for pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron and two minor leaguers. Griffey would spend nine seasons with the Reds, slugging 210 home runs and driving in 602 runs. (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Ken Griffey Jr. Through The YearsSI VAULT: How the Reds got Junior (2.21.00)

On this day in 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became a member of the Cincinnati Reds when the Mariners traded the second-generation outfielder for pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron and two minor leaguers. Griffey would spend nine seasons with the Reds, slugging 210 home runs and driving in 602 runs. (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Ken Griffey Jr. Through The Years
SI VAULT: How the Reds got Junior (2.21.00)

Aerial view of Vince Carter at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. Unfortunately for NBA fans, this may be the only image of a Slam Dunk Contest they see for a while as the ongoing labor problems continue with no end in sight. (John W. McDonough/SI)
LOWE:  With suits filed, are settlement talks far behind? AMICK: NBA Union failed to fight for best interest of all its players

Aerial view of Vince Carter at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. Unfortunately for NBA fans, this may be the only image of a Slam Dunk Contest they see for a while as the ongoing labor problems continue with no end in sight. (John W. McDonough/SI)

LOWE:  With suits filed, are settlement talks far behind?
AMICK:
NBA Union failed to fight for best interest of all its players

The start of another NHL season is just two days away. To get you in the mood, here’s a great photo of Toronto’s Tie Domi and New Jersey’s Lyle Odelein mixing it up during a Feb. 2000 game between the Maple Leafs and Devils. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
ELIOT: Previewing the Southeast DivisionDATER: Previewing the Central DivisonTRUTH AND RUMORS: Avery done with Rangers?

The start of another NHL season is just two days away. To get you in the mood, here’s a great photo of Toronto’s Tie Domi and New Jersey’s Lyle Odelein mixing it up during a Feb. 2000 game between the Maple Leafs and Devils. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

ELIOT: Previewing the Southeast Division
DATER: Previewing the Central Divison
TRUTH AND RUMORS: Avery done with Rangers?