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The Lakers are a professional basketball team based out of Los Angeles, California.

The team is part of the Western Conference in the Pacific Division, and their home court is the Staples Center (which they share with the Clippers).

Los Angeles Lakers Brief History

This team was born out of the ashes of the Detroit Gems, an NBL (National Basketball League) franchise.

At first, the team was called the Minneapolis Lakers, as part of the NBL, winning the 1948 title before joining the BAA (Basketball Association of America).

And, led by George Mikan, they won 5 BAA championships before relocating to Los Angeles during the 1960-61 season.

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Los Angeles Lakers Interesting Facts

Here are some interesting facts related to the Los Angeles Lakers:

  1. Luke Walton is one of the few players in the league to have played for, and coached the same team. He spent 9 seasons with the Lakers, and then he became the youngest NBA coach, taking the head coach role for LA from 2016 until 2019.
  2. The Lakers are the team with the longest winning streak in the league, with 33 wins in a row, achieved during the 1971-72 season.

Los Angeles Lakers Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 16 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
  • Conference titles: 31 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Division titles: 23 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the Los Angeles Lakers:

Elgin Baylor: A strong rebounder and gifted shooter, he played with the Lakers since the beginning, when they were based out of Minneapolis. He led this team to 8 NBA Finals.

  • 14 seasons with the Lakers, 11 times All-Star, averaged 27 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1977
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: He’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of the league. He managed to score 38,387 points during his career.

  • 14 seasons with the Lakers, 3 times MVP, 13 times All-Star, averaged 22 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1995
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Magic Johnson: Probably the most iconic player for the Lakers, he won a total of five championships with the Lakers before his final retirement in 1996 at the age of 36.

  • 13 seasons with the Lakers, 3 times MVP, 12 times All-Star, averaged 19 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2002
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Los Angeles Lakers Rivalries

The Lakers hold rivalries with four teams: The Celtics, the Pistons, the Clippers, and the Spurs.

Boston Celtics

This is a rivalry between the two most storied franchises in the history of the NBA.

These franchises have met a record twelve times in the NBA Finals.

Most of these meetings took place back in the 1960s and the 1980s, facing each other 6 times during the sixties, and another 3 more during the eighties.

Detroit Pistons

This is a rivalry that developed during the late 1980s.

The two teams met in back-to-back NBA Finals: first in 1988 when Los Angeles won the series in seven matches. And then, the Pistons had their revenge the following year, sweeping the Lakers in four games at the 1989 NBA Finals.

Los Angeles Clippers

This is a very unique rivalry as both of these franchises share the very same arena, the Staples Center.

LA fans have been historically favorable to the Lakers, and some argue that the term “rivalry” will be kind of inaccurate until the Clippers become a more successful franchise.

San Antonio Spurs

This rivalry was born during the late nineties and the early 2000s.

These two franchises have met in the NBA Playoffs a total of five times.

And, from 1999 to 2004 this was considered to be the premier rivalry in the league, and every time these teams competed at the playoffs, one of them always advanced to the NBA Finals.

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