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1999-2000 L.A. Lakers: Where are they now?

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The Los Angeles Lakers have had many great teams throughout the years, from the Wilt Chamberlain days, the Showtime era, to Kobe and Shaq, they have always been at the top - well, almost always. 

As they struggle to regain relevancy in the league following three years of struggle, we thought it was a good time look back upon better days. 

The 1999-2000 season began the start of a historic three-peat for the organisation and we took a look at what has happened to the players involved in the success since those glory days.

2 - Derek Fisher

Fisher left the Lakers in 2004 before returning in 2007 - via the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz - to help Kobe Bryant go back-to-back in the absence of Shaquille O'Neal. He won five titles in his career with the Purple and Gold.

After leaving again in 2012, he retired two years later following stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. An unsuccessful spell as head coach of the New York Knicks followed before he was sacked last season. He recently quashed rumours of a potential playing return.

Derek Fisher #2

3 - Devean George

George would prove to be a useful role player throughout his seven-year Lakers career, providing valuable minutes off the bench. 

He joined the Mavericks in 2006, spending six years in Texas before a one-year spell in the Bay Area. Since retiring, he announced a proposal for an affordable apartment project in Minneapolis in 2012.

4 - Ron Harper

Harper stayed with the Lakers until the second season of their three-peat, taking his collection of rings to five. After 15 years in the league, he retired in 2001. 

He spent two years as an assistant at the Detroit Pistons from 2005 to 2007 and has done a lot of work with the National Stuttering Association to tackle an issue that he has struggled without throughout his life.

Ron Harper #4

5 - Robert Horry

After leaving the Lakers in 2003 with a total of seven rings from his time in the City of Angels and the Houston Rockets, he managed to add to more to his collection with the San Antonio Spurs before retirement. 

He gave up the grind in 2008 after a 16-year career and now works as a commentator for Time Warner Cable SportsNet. 

8 - Kobe Bryant

The Black Mamba carried the Lakers on his back following Shaq's departure and was rewarded with back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. He signed off from the NBA with a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz and won an incredible amount of personal awards during his career.

Bryant has spent a lot of time expanding his business, Kobe Inc, in recent years. In August, alongside Jeff Stibel, he launched a venture capital firm that has $100 million of funding.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant shares a la

10 - Tyronn Lue

Lue bounced around the NBA after he left L.A. in 2001. He played for the Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks before retiring in '09.

After working as an assistant coach for five years, he was appointed assistant head coach at the Cleveland Cavaliers before getting his big break in January as he was given the top job at the Q Arena. He led the franchise to their first title and was named Best Coach/Manager at the ESPY Awards.

Tyronn Lue #10

11 - John Celestand

The final pick of the 1999 draft played just 13 times for the Lakers before being cut. His five-year basketball career ended with a stint in Germany following spells in the IBL, Italy, France and Ukraine. 

John has covered college basketball for ESPN Plus and ESPNU and is also an analyst on 76ers Post Game Live. Living in New Jersey, he also runs his own company where he puts together education seminars and motivational talk sessions.

16 - John Salley

Sally spent just one season with the Lakers, joining them after a three-year hiatus from the league. He retired in 2000.

The big man forged a reputation for himself outside of basketball as a television personality, playing roles in both 'Bad Boys' movies, among many other films, and presenting a number of talk shows. He was also on 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (USA)'.

John Salley drives

17 - Rick Fox

Fox left the franchise in 2004, calling time on his basketball career as a three-time champion. Since then he has become the owner of an E-Sports franchise called Echo Fox and has appeared on numerous TV programmes.

He has been a contestant of reality shows 'Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?' and 'Dancing With The Stars'. 

20 - Brian Shaw

The backup guard left the Staples Center in 2003 and embarked on a coaching career that has seen him enjoy two stints as part of the support staff with the franchise.

He took up a role as assistant coach with the organisation two years after retirement and left to become associate head coach at the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Two years passed before he was handed the main job at the Denver Nuggets, however, he is now back at the Lakers as an associate head to Luke Walton.

Brian Shaw #20

34 - Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq continued to prove he was the most dominant center to ever play in the modern era throughout his career. He played for four different franchises after being traded in 2004 but his most meaningful spell was with the Miami Heat, where he won their first title alongside Dwyane Wade in 2006.

Retiring is 2011, The Big Aristotle has received his Doctor of Education qualification in 2012. He has also been involved in voice overs for films such as The Smurfs 2 and Lego Movie but, most notably, he has been part of the award-winning panel on TNT's 'Inside the NBA'. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame this year.

Shaquille O''Neal #34

40 - Travis Knight

After one season with the Lakers, who he also played for from 1996-97, he joined the New York Knicks in 2003.

Since then, he remained pretty quiet but in 2011 an article said he ran Villa Noche, a villa resort in Nicaragua and split his time between there and the United States.

41 - Glen Rice

He joined the Knicks in 2000 before leaving for the Houston Rockets a year later. A one-year spell with the L.A. Clippers saw him retire in 2004.

Since then, Rice has gotten into MMA fight promotion as the owner of G-Force Fights, a company he runs from Florida. He also got married in April 2016.

Glen Rice #41

45 - A.C. Green

Green was coming to the end of his career by 1999 and only managed one more season with the Miami Heat after his one year with the Lakers. 

Up until 2011, he fought singultus, a condition that leads to chronic hiccups. He was most recently a judge at the D-League Slam Dunk Contest in 2015.

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