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Success in Finals Not Foreign to Them

June 06, 2002|Bill Plaschke

Today's die-hard Laker trivia question:

Slava Medvedenko, from Ukraine, became the first player from his nation to play in the NBA Finals. Can you name the four other internationally born players who have played for the Lakers in an NBA Finals?

You've probably guessed Mychal Thompson of the Bahamas in 1987, 1988 and 1991. And maybe, if you thought hard enough, you remembered that Rick Fox was born in Canada. And, of course, there was then-Yugoslavia's Vlade Divac in 1991.

But did you complete the list with Canada's Mike Smrek, who played for the Lakers in the finals in 1987 and 1988?

Didn't think so.

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