2001 WNBA MVP and WNBA Champion Lisa Leslie gives her take on the Lakes

Leslie's Top 10


Lisa Leslie knows what it takes to win a championship. After leading the Los Angeles Sparks to the 2001 WNBA title and cleaning house on the league's MVP awards, Leslie is ready to lead her team to another championship...right after Shaq and Kobe lead the Lakers to a third ring. Leslie gives her Top 10 take on why the talent-laden Lakers will prevail over Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference Finals.

Next week, look for the Sacramento Monarchs' Top 10 reasons why the Kings will beat the Lakers, and advance to the NBA Finals!

Lisa Leslie's Top 10 Reasons why the Lakers will beat the Kings in the Western Conference Finals:

Lisa Leslie takes a jumper over the Kings' Hedo Turkoglu during the 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up at NBA All-Star Weekend.
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1. The Lakers are the two-time defending champions and they know what it takes to win.

2. Shaq.

3. Kobe.

4. They play excellent team defense.

5. The Lakers possess a winning mentality, they simply refuse to lose.

6. They never choke under pressure.

7. Derek Fisher, Brian Shaw, and Robert Horry -- "The X-Factors".

8. The Zen Master, Phil Jackson.

9. See No. 2.

10. See No. 3.

11. Well, there isn't a No. 11, but if there were it would be: When all is said and done, see No. 1!

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