For most basketball fans March usually means two things: the end of winter and more importantly the basketball lover’s heaven known as March Madness. Each and every year we see Cinderella stories; buzzer beaters and future NBA stars compete in perhaps America’s favorite sporting event outside of the Super Bowl.
This year will be no different, but for now let’s jump in the time machine and examine how your favorite Lakers fared in their time during March Madness.
We all know that Kobe, Pau Drew and D-Fish did not get a taste of the NCAA Tournament because Kobe and Bynum came to the NBA straight out of high school, while Pau was still fine tuning his game in Europe rather than cutting down nets.
Fisher and veteran Theo Ratliff also both missed out on attending the big dance, due to coming from Arkansas-Little Rock and Wyoming more than likely.
While those Lakers did not compete in the tournament the rest of the Lakers did. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of looking at each player’s college career is the fact that their roles were so much different, as many of the Lakers role players were actually college standouts for big time programs.