It must seem like decades ago now to Los Angeles Lakers fans, but it’s been seven short years since the team last hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA champions.
But a lot can change in that time.
Here’s a look at what the former champions are up to these days, seven years after a special season that capped a run of two straight NBA titles, three straight finals appearances and closed Kobe Bryant’s ring count at five.
Let’s start at the top with owner Jerry Buss, who passed away in 2013. This was the final of 10 championships he won as owner of the Lakers. He is deeply missed by Lakers fans.
In addition, coach Phil Jackson is still in the league, now serving as president of the New York Knicks. He is probably not all that missed by Lakers fans.
It was hard to imagine the NBA without Kobe Bryant in 2010, but here we are.
The Black Mamba is in his first season of retirement after scoring 60 points in his final game on April 13, 2016.
Now a businessman, Bryant runs Kobe, Inc., and he deals with a sports drink, and media, data, gaming and technology companies.
After Magic Johnson took control of the Lakers, he hired Kobe’s agent, Rob Pelinka, as the team’s general manager.
Hard to believe, but other than Metta World Peace and Jordan Farmar – who played two games with the Sacramento Kings this season – Pau is the only one still alive as an NBA player.
(Unless you still consider the New York Knicks, where Sasha Vujacic plays, still part of the NBA.)
Gasol played another four seasons with Kobe after the 2010 title in L.A. before moving on to the Chicago Bulls, where he was an All-Star for two seasons.
He is now in his first season with the San Antonio Spurs, where he has expanded his long-range shooting. Gasol, 36, has a player option for next season, so he should be back in the playoff mix as his career winds down.
Lamar Odom last played in the league in 2013 as his career fizzled out at the age of 33 following spells with the Dallas Mavericks and L.A. Clippers.
Odom was in attendance as his alma mater the Rhode Island Rams won an NCAA Tournament game in Sacramento.
METTA WORLD PEACE
The former Ron Artest started 77 games for the Lakers in 2009-10 and rehabilitated his career with Kobe’s help.
After the championship, Metta World Peace had three more productive seasons with the Lakers before joining the New York Knicks, taking a year off, and then coming back to L.A., where he is still alive and kicking with the young team.
Metta is 37 and has appeared in 20 games this season, mostly listed as an inactive for the Lakers. He was a success story back in 2010 and still is.
One year younger than Metta World Peace, Luke is now the head coach of the Lakers.
After a two-year successful stint as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, where he won an NBA championship, Walton is now in charge of the L.A. bench.
Luke was a career Laker when he won the title in 2010, but was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011-12 season. He would finish his career there after playing in 50 games in 2012-13.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, he coached with the University of Memphis and coached in the D-League for a season after his 2013 retirement.
The promising young big man became a frustrating problem as his career advanced. The title team was his fifth NBA season and he then blossomed into an All-Star in 2011-12 for L.A.
But after a knee injury put him out for 2012-13, Bynum would play 24 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and two with the Indiana Pacers in 2013-14.
Bynum’s knee injuries and struggles with conditioning cut short a promising career. He was out of the league at 26.
D-Fish had a long and incredible career in the NBA, as he had two separate stints after the 2010 title with the Oklahoma City Thunder and also played with the Dallas Mavericks before retiring in 2014 after 18 seasons.
He went straight to the bench for the New York Knicks, struggling with Jackson’s roster for one-and-a-half seasons.
The former head of the NBA players’ union, Fisher is now an in-studio analyst for Lakers broadcasts.