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Lakers vs Suns 2010 Western Conference Finals: Where are they now?

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The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers - the Western Conference's two worst teams - face off on Thursday night in a game of little significance. 

It may prove important further down the line as both franchises tussle for the worst record in the hope of boosting their chances of landing the number one pick in the 2017 draft. 

With the Lakers at 19-45 and the Suns 21-43, both organisations can expect to be in the higher reaches of the draft lottery. But less than a decade ago they were battling for Western Conference supremacy in the conference finals. 

2010 was the year, and we've taken a trip down memory lane to look at what happened to the starting fives and sixth men of each team. If you can't remember, the Lakers won the series 4-2 and went on to claim a championship. 

LA Lakers

Derek Fisher

Left the franchise in 2012 before hanging up his sneakers in 2014 after spells with the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Linked up with former head coach Phil Jackson in New York for his first coaching gig but presided over a rough period in Knicks history, winning just 40 of his 136 games. 

Kobe Bryant

The Finals MVP as the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, Bryant would lead the Lakers for three more trophy-less seasons before injuries plagued the final three seasons of his illustrious career. 

His retirement tour took the attention away from the Lakers' franchise-worst campaign of 2015-16 and his 60-point farewell was a final Mamba moment for the Purple and Gold fans. 

Kobe is now focused on his business ventures. Considered one of the greatest Lakers ever, rumours continue to hint at a future return to the organisation. 

Ron Artest

Now known as Metta World Peace, the small forward's career has come full circle since 2010. 

He initially left the City of Angels in 2013 but is now back as a veteran presence in Luke Walton's young squad following short stints with the Knicks, Sichuan Blue Whales and Pallacanestro Cantu.

Pau Gasol

A vital cog in helping the Lakeshow go back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, the now-veteran Spaniard is still competing for titles. 

After an ultimately unsuccessful spell with the Chicago Bulls, the older Gasol brother is one of many veterans to turn to Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs; starting 39 of his 46 outings this season.  

Andrew Bynum

Bynum went on to claim All-Star honours in 2012 before moving to the Cleveland Cavaliers a year later. 

He managed just 24 games in Ohio before playing twice for the Indiana Pacers as injuries brought a premature end to his career. Still only 29, he hasn't played in the NBA since 2014.

Lamar Odom

Odom won Sixth Man of the Year the campaign following LA's title success. He left Staples Center for Dallas in 2011 before returning as a member of the Clippers. 

He last played in the NBA in 2013, and has dealt with some high-profile personal issues since. The 37-year-old appears to be on the mend. 

Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash

The point guard ended his 12-year second spell with the Suns in 2012, joining the Lakers. His time in California was a struggle as the trio of Dwight Howard, Nash and Bryant failed to click.

Retiring in 2015, Nash has purchased a share in Spanish football team Real Mallorca alongside Suns owner Robert Sarver and Suns vice chairman Andy Kohlberg.

Jason Richardson

Richardson left the Suns following their loss to the LA Lakers. He spent two seasons with the Orlando Magic before ending his career with a three-year spell in Philadelphia. 

Grant Hill

Leaving Phoenix in the same year as Steve Nash, Grant Hill would play for the L.A. Clippers in the 2012-13 campaign before calling time on his career.

In 2015 Hill was part of a consortium that took over the Atlanta Hawks.

Amar'e Stoudemire 

Five underwhelming years with the Knicks came after defeat to the Lakers. Alongside Carmelo Anthony, he was never able to revive the Big Apple franchise. 

Short spells in Dallas and Miami came before a move to Israel, where he is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem.

Robin Lopez

The California native would stay in Arizona until 2012 before joining the New Orleans Hornets. He is now with the Chicago Bulls - via Portland and New York. 

Lopez is part of a Bulls roster still struggling to find their true identity following a number of new additions in the summer. They face the prospect of missing out on the playoffs for a second straight season.

Channing Frye

Having spent two years in Orlando after his 2014 departure from the Suns, Channing Frye became an NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now part of a deep Cavs roster, Frye is looking to provide a shooting presence in the rotation as LeBron James and Co. aim to go back-to-back.

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Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Metta World Peace
L.A. Lakers
Pau Gasol
Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Kobe Bryant

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