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Updated on December 6, 2013

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The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center. As of 2009, the Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise. In June 2010, basketball analyst and writer John Hollinger ranked the Lakers as the greatest NBA franchise of all time.

   

Lakers NBA's first Dynasty

The Lakers began in 1946 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen bought the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League for $15,000. The team was relocated to Minneapolis for the 1947 season. The Lakers, who already had a solid roster with forward Jim Pollard and playmaker Herm Schaefer, added center George Mikan, who quickly became the most dominant player in the game. With Mikan leading the way during their first year, the Lakers won their division by 13 games with a 43-17 record.

In the 1949 BAA Finals the Lakers continued their dominance, beating the Washington Capitols four games to two. The following season, the team improved to 51-17, repeating as champions.

In the 1951-52 season the Lakers won 40 games, finishing second in its division. Facing the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, the Lakers won in seven games. With a 48-22 record in the 1952-53 season, the team went to the NBA Finals again after defeating the Fort Wayne Pistons in the Western Finals. The team won their second straight championship over The Knicks. Though Lakers star George Mikan suffered from knee problem throughout the 1953-54 season, he was still able to average 18 points per game. Clyde Lovellette, who was drafted in 1952 was able to help the team win the Western Division, along with Mikan. The team was able to win their third straight championship in the '50s when they defeated the Syracuse Nationals in seven games.

Lakers NBA Champions in Los Angeles

The 1971-72 season brought several changes. Owner Jack Kent Cooke brought in Bill Sharman as the new coach, and Elgin Baylor announced his retirement early in the season after realizing that his legs were not healthy enough. The team, however, still won 14 straight games in November and 16 straight games in December. The team then won three straight to open the year of 1972 but on January 9, the Milwaukee Bucks ended the streak by defeating the Lakers, 120-104.

By winning 33 straight games, the Lakers notched the longest winning streak of any team in American professional sports. The team won 69 games that season, setting a new NBA record for wins in a season, until the Chicago Bulls won 72 games in 1995-96. Chamberlain averaged a career-low 14.8 points but led the league in rebounding with 19.2 per game. West led the league in assists, with 9.7 assists per game, and averaged better than 25 points. At the end of the season, Bill Sharman was named NBA Coach of the Year. The Lakers eventually made it to the finals where they took revenge on the New York Knicks by winning in five games, bringing the first NBA title to Los Angeles.

Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers Autographed 16x20 Photograph with Mr. Clutch Inscription

Lakers Showtime

During the 1979 NBA Draft, the Lakers had the first overall pick and selected 6'9" Earvin Johnson from Michigan State.The Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year. The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in game six of the 1980 championship series thanks to an MVP performance by the rookie Johnson, who started for the injured Abdul-Jabbar. He finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists en route to the Lakers' second championship in Los Angeles.

Owner Jerry Buss fired coach Paul Westhead after the Lakers went 7-4 to start the 1981-82 season. Buss promoted assistant coach Pat Riley to head coach on November 19 and the team won 17 of its next 20 games. The Lakers took the Pacific Division title and swept both the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers then stretched its postseason winning streak to nine games by taking the first contest of the NBA Finals from the 76ers. The team won the Finals four games to two; the team's playoff record that year was 12-2.

Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers - Action - Autographed 8x10 Photograph

By the 1984-85 season, the Lakers' "Showtime" era, the most successful era in team history, was in full swing. The team won the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year. The Lakers lost game one of the NBA Finals by a lopsided score of 148-114, in what is now remembered as the "Memorial Day Massacre". The Lakers were resilient and behind 37-year old Finals MVP Abdul-Jabbar, and they were finally able to defeat Boston in six games. The team won the title in the Boston Garden, thus making the 1985 Lakers the only visiting team to ever win an NBA championship there.

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Lakers Showtime Cont...

Magic Johnson, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, led the "Showtime" Lakers to five NBA titles in the 80s. In the 1986-87 season the Lakers accumulated 65 wins, the second-most in franchise history up to that point. Johnson then notched his last Finals MVP award as the Lakers defeated their arch rival Celtics in the finals, highlighted by Johnson's running "baby hook" shot to win game four at Boston Garden with two seconds remaining.

Prior to the 1986-87 season, the Lakers let go of Maurice Lucas, moving A. C. Green into the starting lineup, and picked up Mychal Thompson from the San Antonio Spurs. Johnson won his first career NBA Most Valuable Player Award while leading the Lakers to a 65-17 record, the second-best mark in franchise history. Michael Cooper was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson Dual Autographed 16x20 Photograph

The Lakers met the Celtics in the NBA Finals by sweeping the Denver Nuggets, losing just one game to the Golden State Warriors, and then swept the Seattle SuperSonics in the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers routed the Celtics in the first two games of the Finals, and the teams then split the next four contests, giving the Lakers their second championship in three seasons. Johnson was named the NBA Finals MVP, to go with his regular-season MVP trophy.

At the Lakers' championship celebration in Los Angeles, coach Riley brashly declared that the Lakers would repeat as NBA champions in the next season. During the 1987-88 season, the Lakers won, taking their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title, and subsequently meeting the Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals. The Lakers took the series in seven games, and James Worthy's triple double earned him a Finals MVP award.

Lakers Showtime Video

Lakers Broadcaster Chick Hearn

Francis Dayle "Chick/Chicky Baby" Hearn (November 27, 1916 - August 5, 2002) was an American sportscaster. Known primarily as the long-time play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, the legendary Hearn is remembered for his rapid fire, staccato broadcasting style, inventing colorful phrases such as slam dunk, air ball, and no harm, no foul that have become common basketball vernacular, and for broadcasting 3,338 consecutive Lakers games starting on November 21, 1965.

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Laker Greats

Hanging from the rafters at Staples Center in Los Angeles California are the retired Laker Jersey's.

#44 - Jerry West

#13 - Wilt Chamberlain

#22 - Elgin Baylor

#33 - Kareem Abdul Jabbar

#32 - Earvin "Magic" Johnson

#42 - James Worthy

#25 - Gail Goodrich

#52 - Jamaal Wilkes (Added on 12/28/12)

#34 - Shaquille O'Neal (Added on 4/2/12)

Also hanging from the rafters are the NBA Hall of Fame players that played for the Minneapolis Lakers. The names are Vern Mikkelsen, George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Slater Martin, John Kundla and Clyde Lovellette.

The jersey with a microphone on the front represents Chick Hearn the Broadcaster of the Lakers.

Lakers 3-Peat NBA Champions

Prior to the 1999-2000 season, the Lakers hired former Bulls coach Phil Jackson as head coach and re-signed veterans Brian Shaw, John Salley, Ron Harper, and A. C. Green, who was with the Lakers during the "Showtime" era.[ The team also moved to a new arena, the Staples Center.

At the start of the 1999-2000 season, they won 31 of their first 36 games.[54] They won 67 games, the most games since they won 65 in the 1986-87 season. The team eliminated the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns in the first two rounds of the playoffs. After taking a three games to one lead in the Western Conference Finals, the Trail Blazers came back to force a game seven. The team was down by 15 points but went on a 19-4 run to tie the game. The Lakers won 89-84 and went to the NBA Finals. The team defeated Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers four games to two in the 2000 NBA Finals to win their first title since 1988.

The following season, the team won 11 fewer regular season games. The team, however, swept the first three rounds of the playoffs, sweeping the Trail Blazers in three and the Kings and Spurs in four. The team met Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals; the Sixers took game one in overtime.[60] But the team came back, taking four in a row to clinch their second straight title. The team had a 15-1 record in the postseason, the best in NBA history.

The Lakers won 58 games in the 2001-02 season but the Sacramento Kings clinched the Pacific Division. In the playoffs, the team eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round three games to none, and the San Antonio Spurs four games to one in the second round. The team faced the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference Finals; the series went to seven games, the last of which ended in a six-point overtime win in favor of the Lakers. The Lakers then achieved a three-peat by sweeping the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals.

Lakers 3-Peat

Lakers 2009 NBA Champions

In the 2008-09 NBA season, the Lakers returned to championship form. Los Angeles finished with a 65-17 record, easily winning the Pacific Division and clinching first place in the Western Conference. After eliminating the Utah Jazz 4-1, they needed 7 games to fight off the Houston Rockets and six to defeat the Denver Nuggets, to win the Western Conference Finals.The Lakers' quest for another title was successfully completed, as they defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals in five games, and won their 15th title. It was their first NBA title in seven years. Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career.

Lakers 2009 Season Mix Video

Lakers 2010 NBA Champions

Basically retaining the same cast from last season (only the free-agent switch between Houston's Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza being the key change), the Lakers finished the 2009-10 season with 57 victories, once again the West's best record for the third straight season. They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games of the first round, then swept past the Utah Jazz in the Conference Semifinals. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in the Conference Finals, four games to two. In the 2010 NBA Finals, the Lakers once again met their old rivals, the Boston Celtics. In a series that recalled some of the two teams' memorable title struggles of earlier decades, the Lakers rallied from a 3-2 series disadvantage and erased a 13-point deficit in the seventh and deciding game to defeat Boston and win their sixteenth title and eleventh in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the second consecutive year. The Lakers became the first team to repeat as champion since the Lakers themselves last did the trick in 2002.

Lakers 2010 Championship Mix

Research and Photograph Credit

Research Credit: Wikipedia and the Official Website of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The photograph depicted in the (Introduction) Module was found on Flickr through a Creative Commons search. The work is attributed to http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmtip21/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

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The photograph depicted in the (Lakers NBA Champions in Los Angeles) Module was found on Flickr through a Creative Commons search. The work is attributed to http://www.flickr.com/photos/74983974@N00/ / CC BY 2.0

The photograph depicted in the (Lakers Showtime Cont...) Module was found on Flickr through a Creative Commons search. The work is attributed to http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/ / CC BY 2.0

The photograph depicted in the (Lakers 3-Peat NBA Champions) Module was found on Flickr through a Creative Commons search. The work is attributed to http://www.flickr.com/photos/tenaciousme/ / CC BY 2.0

The photograph depicted in the (Laker Greats) Module was found on Flickr through a Creative Commons search. The work is attributed to http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeloosedirt/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I'm a Pistons fan myself. Back in the 80's the Pistons and Lakers had some good games.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Being from Minnesota, it was nice to see some Lakers history on this lens... many people don't even know that the Lakers got their name from the land of 10,000 lakes...lol... wonderful lens!

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