Established in 1947 as Minneapolis Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most successful American Basketball teams with 17 NBA championships to the name. It competes in the Western Conference Pacific Division and plays home matches at Staples Center. Earlier, Los Angeles Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship as a member of the NBL before joining the BAA (Basketball Association of America). During the 1980s, the team played magnificent basketball to clinch 5 championship titles in a 9-year duration. Also, Los Angeles Lakers include some Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul Jaffar, James Worthy, Magic Johnson and others to take the total number to sixteen.
In the current Regular Season (2022-23), Golden State Warriors will play the Portland Trail Blazers on December 1 (Thursday) at 09:00 AM.
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The former professional basketballer is often regarded as the greatest Point Guard of all time. The Los Angeles Lakers selected him in the first overall in the 1979 NBA draft. He played 13 seasons in the NBA league. Johnson showed excellent skills to lead his side to 5 NBA championships. Some of his career achievements include a 5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 12-time NBA All-Star, 9-time All-NBA First Team, and All-NBA Second Team.
Kobe Bryant was born in 1978 and died on January 26, 2020. He showcased his basketball skills by playing the Shooting Guard position. Kobe earned notable recognition during his high-school career at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore. Later, the professional player joined the Los Angeles Lakers and represented the side from 1996 to 2016. Kobe Bryant was a 5-time NBA champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time NBA All-Star, 2-time All-NBA Second Team etc. apart from having many other awards and honors.
Popularly known as Shaq, the former professional basketball sensation is a sports analyst with the television show Inside the NBA. He is regarded as one of the greatest players and centers of all time in NBA history with an exceptional track record and tremendous achievements. Born in 1972, Shaq played high school basketball and received a scholarship to play at Seton Hall. His NBA career started when he joined the Orlando Magic in 1992 and then played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2004.
Jim Clifford Pollard was a former American professional basketballer and coach, who was born in 1922 and died in 1993. During the 1950s, he was regarded as one of the best forwards which also earned him the nickname ‘The Kangaroo Kid’. The 5-time NBA champion spent his entire 8-year professional basketball career with the Minneapolis Lakers. Also, Pollard was a 4-time NBA All-Star, 2-time All-NBA First Team, and NBL champion.
Nicknamed ‘Mr. Basketball’, George Lawrence Mikan was a professional player with outstanding game skills and temperament. He witnessed an extremely successful basketball career with 5-time BAA/NBA champion, 2-time NBL champion, 4-time NBA All-Star, 2-time All-NBA First Team and many other accomplishments. His career spanned Chicago American gears (1946-47) and Minneapolis Lakers (1947-1954). Mikan also served the Minneapolis Lakers as a coach during 1957-58.
The former NBA player Darvin Ham Sr. is a professional basketball coach. Presently, he is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA league. After playing college basketball, Darvin played eight NBA seasons from 1996 to 2005. Initially, Darvin Ham was appointed as an assistant coach for the Thunderbirds in 2018 and then served as a head coach. Later, Ham approached the Lakers in 2011 to hold the role of an assistant coach and also worked in the player (Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard) development role.
Darvin Ham joined the Atlanta Hawks’ coaching staff in 2013 to assist the team in reaching the playoffs in four seasons consecutively. He also contributed prominently to the coaching staff to earn the Atlanta Hawks a Division title in 2015. Darvin Ham was appointed as the head coach of the Lakers on June 3, 2022.
The history of the Los Angeles Lakers roots back to 1947. It began with the purchase of a disbanded team (Detroit Gems) of the National Basketball League for US$15,000. The franchise started playing as the Minneapolis Lakers in Minneapolis. Initially, the franchise won its first NBL title in 1948 before joining the rival BAA (Basketball Association of America). From 1960 onwards, the club was renamed as Los Angeles Lakers and won its first (total 6th) NBA title in 1972 under the new name. Till the 2021-22 NBA season, the team has won a total of 33 Division titles and 19 Conference titles, and 18 (NBL:1; NBA:17) championships.
Gerald Hatten Buss, the American businessman, investor, and philanthropist, owned the majority of stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers. He purchased the LAL of the NBA in addition to the hockey team (Los Angeles Kings) of the NHL. The Los Angeles Lakers registered a wonderful record under Buss’s ownership with a pool of remarkable players i.e. Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, etc. After his demise in 2013, the ownership transferred to his six children under the Buss Family Trusts. Other minor owners of the franchise are Philip Anschutz, Edward P. Roski, and Patrick Soon-Shiong.
In terms of revenues, the National Basketball Association franchise Los Angeles Lakers’ operating income was calculated at US$115M in the 2021/22 season. It signifies an increment of 83 percent over the franchise’s previous season’s income – US$63M.
L.A. has triggered calls for Bojan Bogdanovic (Detroit Pistons’ forward player) although Detroit is feeling hesitation to send him away. At the same time, Cam Reddish and Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks are some other names to fly in the rumor mill as well.
Anthony Davis missed prime free throws to create a win in two out of three matches. Davis witnessed lots of frustration for this misfortune but LeBron James backs Anthony on the affair.
The fans of the Los Angeles Lakers (Crypto.com Arena) can grab tickets online at Ticketmaster. It is the only authorized seller of Lakers tickets online. Also, one can also buy tickets (in person) at the Crypto.com Arena Box Office.
|Dennis Schroder||Russell Westbrook||Patrick Beverley||Kendrick Nunn||Austin Reaves|
|Patrick Beverley||Austin Reaves||Lonnie Walker IV||Kendrick Nunn||Dennis Schroder|
|Lonnie Walker IV||Troy Brown Jr.||Austin Reaves||LeBron James||Juan Toscano-Anderson (O)|
|LeBron James||Wenyen Gabriel (O)||Juan Toscano-Anderson (O)||Troy Brown Jr.||Anthony Davis|
|Anthony Davis||Thomas Bryant||Wenyen Gabriel (O)||Damian Jones||LeBron James|
|Troy Brown Jr.||SF||7|
|Scotty Pippen Jr.||G||14|
|Lonnie Walker IV||G||4|
Find the roster chart here.
|Season||Division Finish||Conf. Finish||Record||Playoffs|
|2012-13||3rd||7th||45-37||Lost First Round|
|2020-21||3rd||7th||42-30||Lost First Round|
The Los Angeles Lakers are the most successful squad in the history of the NBA. Since its inception, the team has earned its name in 17 NBA championships by displaying exceptional performance across various seasons. The Lakers locked the title in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2020. Further, the 1980s were a remarkable era for the side when they clinched 5 NBA titles in a 9-year span. Some of the most valuable players who helped the side to win titles include Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kobe Bryant. The coaching staff comprises John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Frank Vogel, Pat Riley, and Phil Jackson.
The team marked its name against the NBA championship for the first time three years after its establishment, i.e. in 1950.
Twenty-six (26) Hall of Famers has played for the Lakers, of which, 4 have coached the team as well.
The Lakers have badged 17 NBA championships to its name till the 2021-22 season. The first one came as the NBL championship while the 2nd one was the BAA champions.
The NBA star team Los Angeles Lakers play its home games at the Staples Center. It represents the Western Conference Pacific Division.
Some of the prestigious persons who played for the side are Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Russell Westbook, Dwight Howard etc.
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