they had an identity, i mean they won 2 rings
What exactly was their identity though. This is not a hate post at all, Boston's identity came from their defense and spurs were known for their superior system of team basketball. I'm not discrediting the Lakers 2nd title against the Celtics either, but Perkins was out game 7 and Garnett was still recovering from a serious injury. Reality is the Magic made it to the finals the previous year because of injuries to the Celtics.
Lakers had the same team this year as they had last year yet were swept by the mavericks. Sure the celtics lost to the heat but this was because of a the trade of pieces at the deadline which substantially effected team chemistry.