It doesn’t mean that all of the Mavs are facing the Lakers in the playoffs. Peja Stojakovic and the Sacramento Kings suffered heartache in a seven-game battle with Lakers in 2002. Shawn Marion and the Phoenix Suns took pleasure in knocking out the Lakers in five games in 2007.
Kidd had his run-in with the Lakers, too. His came against those mighty three-peat Lakers in the NBA Finals. Kidd’s New Jersey Nets faced the 2002 Showtime squad that dispatched Peja and the Kings.
It lasted four games.
“That was a quick Finals,” Kidd said after Sunday’s practice as the team prepared to fly to Los Angeles. “They did what they had to do. We were just happy to be there.”