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Los Angeles Lakers
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Conference Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1946 (Joined NBA in 1948)
History Detroit Gems
1946–1947
Minneapolis Lakers
1947–1960
Los Angeles Lakers
1960–present
Arena Staples Center
City Los Angeles, California
Team colors Purple, Gold and White
              
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
General manager Mitch Kupchak
Head coach Phil Jackson
D-League affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders
Championships 16
NBL: 1 (1948)
BAA/NBA: 15 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009)
Conference titles 30 (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)
Division titles 31
NBL: 1 (1948)
NBA: 30 (1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009)
Retired numbers 7 (13, 22, 25, 32, 33, 42, 44, MIC)
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.The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.^ More about Los angeles lakers .
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[1] .The Lakers are the current NBA champions after defeating the Orlando Magic in the Finals 4 games to 1. In June 2009, basketball analyst and writer John Hollinger ranked the Lakers as the greatest NBA franchise of all time.^ "I finally get to go to a Lakers game!
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[2]
The Lakers' franchise was founded in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Minneapolis, where the team got its official title from the state's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes."[3] The Lakers won five championships before relocating to Los Angeles in the 1960–61 season. .The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.^ Elgin Baylor was an 11-time NBA All-Star.
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^ The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.
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^ Unfortunately the Lakers lost the finals.
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.In 1972, the Lakers won their sixth title, first in Los Angeles, under coach Bill Sharman.^ More about Los angeles lakers .
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.The Lakers' popularity soared in the 1980s when they won five additional championships during a nine-year span with the leadership of Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and coach Pat Riley, the franchise's all-time leader in regular season game wins and playoff games coached and wins.^ Leading the way for the Lakers was Magic Johnson who won his 3rd MVP in 4 years.

^ He was already the leader in wins for the Chicago Bulls where he won 545 games and got 6 championships.
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^ The Magic had to win that game.
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.Two of those championships during that span were against their arch-rivals, the Boston Celtics.^ Two of those championships during that span were against their arch-rivals , the Boston Celtics.
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^ 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 4 at Boston Garden with two seconds remaining.
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.From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers won three titles consecutively with the help of Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.^ Kobe Bryant returns to Lakers game .
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^ Phil Jackson is about to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

^ Kobe Bryant does it again for the Lakers .
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.After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured the championship for the 15th time in 2009, defeating the Orlando Magic four games to one.^ June 14 - The Lakers returned to the top of the NBA world with a 99-86 victory over the Orlando Magic on game 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals.
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^ Lakers Cruise to 15th Championship .
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^ After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured the championship for the 15th time in 2009 , defeating the Orlando Magic four games to one.
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.The Lakers hold records for having (into the 2009–10 season) the most wins (3,000), the highest winning percentage (61.8%), the most NBA Finals appearances (30), the second fewest non-playoff seasons with five (San Antonio Spurs have four), and the second-most NBA championships with 15, behind the Boston Celtics' 17.[4][5] They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.^ June 15, 2009 at 10:10 AM .
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^ It was a glorious night recently when San Antonio finally disposed of them in the playoffs.
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^ They hold the record for the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record ) beginning on November 5, 1971 and ending on January 7, 1972.
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[6] .14 Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famers (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famers (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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.Four Lakers (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award[7] for a total of 8 MVP awards.^ With Paul Westhead running the team the rest of the way the Lakers win the Pacific Division with an impressive 60-22 record, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wins his 6th MVP. In the playoffs the Lakers fly through the west knocking off the Phoenix Suns and Seattle Supersonics in 5 games each.

^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

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Team history

1946–1959: Beginnings and Minneapolis dynasty

Hall of Famer George Mikan (#99) led the Lakers franchise to their first 5 NBA championships.
.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 in 1947. 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.^ The Lakers began in 1944 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen bought the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League for $15,000.
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^ The team was relocated to Minneapolis for the 1947 season.
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[8] .With Mikan leading the way during their first year, the Lakers won their division by 13 games with a 43–17 record.^ I loved the way his game evolved this year.

^ With Mikan leading the way during their first year, the Lakers easily won their division by 13 games with a 43–17 record.
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^ Leading the way for the Lakers was Magic Johnson who won his 3rd MVP in 4 years.

[8] .In the 1949 BAA Finals the Lakers continued their dominance, beating the Washington Capitols four games to two.^ In the 1949 BAA Championship the Lakers continued their dominance, beating the Washington Capitols three games to one.
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^ Clippers finally beat Lakers .
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^ The team went on to dominate the NBA in the 1980s, with seven appearances in the finals and four NBA titles, including consecutive championships in 1987 and 1988.
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[8] .The following season, the team improved to 51–17, repeating as champions.^ Both their points per game and points allowed per game numbers improved and the Lakers regular season finish improved too, tying Rochester for first in the NBA's Central Division with a 51-17 record and defeated the Royals in a tiebreaker game to claim the first seed.
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^ The following season, the team improved to 44–24, winning the Western Division.
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^ The following season the team won 11 less regular season game, 56.
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[8] .In the next year's playoffs, the team defeated the Indianapolis Olympians in three games but lost to the Rochester Royals in the next round.^ In the next round, the team faced Seattle.
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^ The team's playoff record that year was 12-2.
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^ In the Playoffs, the team defeated the Indianapolis Olympians in three games, but lost to the Rochester Royals in the next round.
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[8]
.In the 1951–52 season the Lakers won 40 games, finishing second in its division.^ In the 1951–52 season , the Lakers won 40 games, finishing second in its division.
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^ Perry and I won a game of pool while the Lakers game was on.
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^ Both their points per game and points allowed per game numbers improved and the Lakers regular season finish improved too, tying Rochester for first in the NBA's Central Division with a 51-17 record and defeated the Royals in a tiebreaker game to claim the first seed.
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.Facing the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, the Lakers won in seven games.^ New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers 1/22 .
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^ In the Finals the Lakers were matched up against the New York Knicks.

^ Facing the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals , the Lakers ended up winning in seven games.
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.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 then made it to the NBA Finals , facing the Detroit Pistons again.
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^ With a 48–22 record in the season, the team went to the NBA finals again after defeating the Fort Wayne Pistons in the Western Finals.
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^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. The Lakers are the current NBA champions after defeating the Orlando Magic in the Finals 4 games to 1.
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.The team won their second straight championship over the Knicks.^ The team ended up winning their second straight championship over The Knicks.
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^ The city has two NBA teams and seven Division I colleges, including UCLA (a school that has won a record 11 NCAA championships).
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^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

.Though Lakers star George Mikan suffered from knee problem throughout the 1953–54 season, he was still able to average 18 points per game.^ Though Lakers star George Milkan suffered from knee problem throughout the season, he was still able to average 18 points per game.
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^ The other problem I have is the omission of George Mikan.
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^ Ariza averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in the regular season for the Lakers last season.
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[8] .Clyde Lovellette, who was drafted in 1952 was able to help the team win the Western Division, along with Mikan.^ Along with Mikan, he was able to help the team win the Western Division.
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^ Clyde Lovellette , who was drafted in 1952 , made a big contribution in his rookie year.
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[8] .The team was able to win their third straight championship in the '50s when they defeated the Syracuse Nationals in seven games.^ Defense wins games (And Championships)!
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^ As of July 2009, the Spurs rank third among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history; they have only missed the playoffs 4 times as an NBA franchise.
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^ They also hold the record of 33 longest consecutive win streaks (33) in U.S. professional team sports in the 197172 season.
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[8] .Following Mikan's retirement in the 1954 offseason, the team struggled but still managed to win 40 games.^ Following Milkan's retirement in the 1954 offseason, the team struggled, but still managed to win 40 games.
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^ He has still managed to average nearly 29 points per game and also leads the team in assists.
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^ But for the rest of the season the team struggled, losing 27 of their last 43 games including a seven game losing streak.
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.Although defeating the Royals in the first round, the Lakers were defeated by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the next round.^ Although defeating the Royals in the first round, the Lakers would eventually fall to the Fort Wayne Pistons in the next round.
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^ Both their points per game and points allowed per game numbers improved and the Lakers regular season finish improved too, tying Rochester for first in the NBA's Central Division with a 51-17 record and defeated the Royals in a tiebreaker game to claim the first seed.
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^ Formerly Known As: Detroit Gems and Minneapolis Lakers Fun Fact: As the Minneapolis Lakers, the team holds the record for the lowest-scoring NBA game ever played along with the Fort Wayne Pistons, after the Pistons' 19 to 18 win in 1950.
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[9] .For the rest of the fifties, the team failed to average above .500. However, they returned to the Finals in 1959, only to be swept by the Boston Celtics, marking the start of their long rivalry.^ For the rest of the '50s, the team failed to average above .500, and never returned to the finals.
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^ Staples Center will be rockin' all season long as the Lakers look to return to their winning ways and find redemption for their NBA Finals loss to the hated Boston Celtics.
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^ Although they made another finals appearance in 1991, they spent most of the 1990s fielding teams that were not considered legitimate title contenders.
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[5]

1959–1974: Move to Los Angeles and Celtics rivalry

Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain played five seasons with the Lakers during the late 60s and early 70s.
.In their last year in Minneapolis, the Lakers went 25–50 and won the number two pick in the 1960 NBA Draft.^ Worthy was the first overall pick by the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Draft.
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^ In their last year in Minneapolis, the Lakers went 25–50, so they got the number two pick in the 1960 NBA Draft .
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^ NBA Draft the Lakers selected Joe Crawford with the 58th pick.
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.The team selected Jerry West from West Virginia University.^ The team was moved in 1960 to Los Angeles and featured Hall of Famers like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain.
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^ The team selected Jerry West from West Virginia University .
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^ Jerry West was the only player in the history of the NBA to be named the Finals MVP on a losing team.
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[10] .During the 1960 offseason, the Lakers became the NBA's first West Coast team when the owner, Bob Short, decided to move the team to Los Angeles.^ Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles lakers’ .
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[11] .Although the team featured Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Gail Goodrich, the attendance fell dramatically in their first five years in Los Angeles and the team lost the NBA Finals four times to the Boston Celtics in five seasons.^ That season saw the team repeat its pattern, losing to the Celtics in the 1968 NBA Finals.
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^ Los Angeles Lakers 5 My team.
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^ Elgin Baylor was an 11-time NBA All-Star.
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[11][12] .The Lakers moved to a brand-new arena, The Forum, in 1967, after playing seven seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.^ Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles lakers’ .
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^ History section with the Los Angeles Lakers best and worst seasons.
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.That season saw the team repeating its pattern, losing to the Celtics in the 1968 NBA Finals.^ That season saw the team repeat its pattern, losing to the Celtics in the 1968 NBA Finals.
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^ Which team will win the NBA Finals?
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^ Staples Center will be rockin' all season long as the Lakers look to return to their winning ways and find redemption for their NBA Finals loss to the hated Boston Celtics.
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[12]
Hall of Famer Jerry West led the team to nine NBA Finals appearances in the 60s and 70s.
.On July 9, 1968, the team acquired Wilt Chamberlain from the Philadelphia 76ers for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, and Jerry Chambers.^ On July 9, 1968, the team acquired Wilt Chamberlain from the Philadelphia 76ers for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark , Jerry Chambers and cash.
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^ But the team was no match for the Philadelphia 76ers.
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^ It took the midseason retirement of Elgin Baylor for Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Co.
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[13] .The Lakers and Celtics met again in the finals, and the Lakers had the home court advantage against them for the first time.^ Facing the Boston Celtics for the 7th time in 11 years the Lakers were heavy favorites holding home court advantage for the first time.

^ In the 1980s under head coach Pat Riley, the Lakers appeared in the NBA Finals eight times and won five titles.
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^ After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured the championship for the 15th time in 2009 , defeating the Orlando Magic four games to one.
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.They could not get past their rivals, however, and lost in seven games; the Celtics emerged from the series with their 11th NBA Championship in 13 seasons.^ However, they once again couldn't get past their rivals, losing in seven games, and the Celtics emerged from the series with their 11th NBA Championship in 13 seasons.
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^ After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured the championship for the 15th time in 2009 , defeating the Orlando Magic four games to one.
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^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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.Jerry West was named the first-ever Finals MVP; this remains the only time that a member of the losing team has won the award.^ Only three teams have won an NBA title after losing the first two games.
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^ Jerry West was the only player in the history of the NBA to be named the Finals MVP on a losing team.
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^ However, Jerry West was named the first-ever Finals MVP ; this remains the only time that a member of the losing team has won the award.
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[14] .In 1970 the team returned to the finals, and for the first time in sixteen years, they did not have to face the Celtics; instead the team met the New York Knicks, who defeated them 4–3.[12][15] The next season the Lakers were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks, led by future Laker Lew Alcindor (now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in the Western Conference Finals.^ New York Knicks 2 picks .
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^ This time they did not.
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^ However, in the playoffs the Lakers are bounced quickly falling to the Milwaukee Bucks led by Kareem-Abdul Jabbar in 5 games.

[16]
Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich played nine seasons during the 60s and 70s and went to four NBA Finals with the Lakers.
.The 1971–72 season brought several changes.^ The season brought several changes.
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^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record ) in the 1971-72 season.
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.Owner Jack Kent Cooke brought in Bill Sharman as the new coach,[17] and Elgin Baylor announced his retirement early in the season after realizing that his legs were not healthy enough.^ At the end of the season, Bill Sharman was named NBA Coach of the Year.
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^ 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.
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^ Its first season in San Diego posted a winning record, going 43–39, under new head coach Gene Shue.

[17] .The team, however, still won 14 straight games in November and all 16 games played in December.^ However, the team still went on to win 14 straight games in November and 16 straight games in December.
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^ I would be upset, but I won all of my games, and he is still a fluky play.
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^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA .
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[17] .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.[17] By winning 33 straight games, the Lakers notched the longest winning streak of any team in American professional sports.^ The Lakers won 104-98.
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^ They also hold the record of 33 longest consecutive win streaks (33) in U.S. professional team sports in the 197172 season.
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^ Along the way the Lakers won 33 straight games setting an American Professional Sports record.

[18] .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.^ Will this team exceed the Lakers season record of 69 wins?
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^ Score your Lakers tickets for the 2008-2009 season, and watch the team pursue the NBA title in person at home or on the road.
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^ They also hold the record of 33 longest consecutive win streaks (33) in U.S. professional team sports in the 197172 season.
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[19] .Chamberlain averaged a career-low 14.8 points but led the league in rebounding with 19.2 per game.^ In 19 career games against each other, LeBron is averaging 28.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.2 steals.
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^ O’Neal averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds before the injury.
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^ West led the league in assists, with 9.7 assists per game, and averaged better than 25 points.
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[20] .West led the league in assists, with 9.7 assists per game, and averaged better than 25 points.^ West led the league in assists, with 9.7 assists per game, and averaged better than 25 points.
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^ Chamberlain averaged a career-low 14.8 points, but led the league in rebounding with 19.2 per game.
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^ With Kareem taking a back seat, Byron Scott exploded to average nearly 22 points per game, while Mychal Thompson and AC Green picked up some of the slack in the paint.
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[20] .At the end of the season, Bill Sharman was named NBA Coach of the Year.^ At the end of the season, Bill Sharman was named NBA Coach of the Year.
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^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Johnson become NBA All-Star12-time in his 13-year career, he was also named NBA MVP three times, in 1987, 1989 and 1990.
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[21] .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.^ More about Los angeles lakers .
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^ Los Angeles lakers .
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^ New Orleans Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/29 .
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[22]
.During the 1972–73 NBA season, the Lakers did not match their record from their previous season, but they did clinch another Pacific Division title by winning 60 games.^ The Lakers won 58 games in the 2001–02 season, but the Sacramento Kings clinched the Pacific Division.
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^ The Lakers could win the Pacific Division tonight.
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^ During the 1972–73 NBA season , the Lakers didn't match their record from their previous season, but they did clinch another Pacific Division title by winning 60 games.
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[23] .Wilt Chamberlain, playing in his final season, again led the league in rebounding.^ He led the league in rebounding, blocked shots, and minutes played.
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^ Wilt Chamberlain, playing in his final season, again led the league in rebounding.
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^ Following the season, Wilt Chamberlain retired after a 15 year NBA career.
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[23] .The team triumphed over the Chicago Bulls after seven games during the conference semifinals but then easily defeated the Golden State Warriors in the Western Division Finals.^ In the playoffs the Lakers would get to the Western Conference Finals by sweeping the Houston Rockets, and beating the Golden State Warriors in 5 games.

^ The team triumphed over the Chicago Bulls after seven games during the conference semifinals, but then easily took care of the Golden State Warriors in the Western Division Finals.
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^ They defeated the Warriors in a tough seven-game series to open the postseason before being defeated by Portland in the Western Conference Finals.
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[23] .The team then met the New York Knicks in the 1973 NBA Finals.^ In the Finals the Lakers were matched up against the New York Knicks.

^ It was there that they met the same team they met in the previous year's Finals, New York.
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^ The team then met the New York Knicks in the 1973 NBA Finals .
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.The Lakers took the first game by three points, but the Knicks took the series in five games.^ If either of these two misses any time, expect him to continue his current pace of just over 12 points and 12 rebounds per game over his last five games.
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^ Both their points per game and points allowed per game numbers improved and the Lakers regular season finish improved too, tying Rochester for first in the NBA's Central Division with a 51-17 record and defeated the Royals in a tiebreaker game to claim the first seed.
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^ Kobe Bryant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Pau Gasol scored seven of his 20 points in the final three minutes, and the Lakers beat Boston 92-83 Thursday to snap the Celtics’ franchise-record 19-game winning streak.

[24] .Following the season, Wilt Chamberlain retired after a 14-year NBA career.^ Following the season, Jerry West retired, ending his 14 year playing career.
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^ Following the season, Wilt Chamberlain retired after a 15 year NBA career.
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^ It took the midseason retirement of Elgin Baylor for Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Co.
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.For the 1973–74, the team was hampered by the loss of Jerry West, who played only 31 games before his legs finally gave out.^ For the the team was hampered by the loss of Jerry West, who played only 31 games before his legs finally gave out.
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^ The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.
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^ Running back Thomas Jones and tight end Dustin Keller were among five New York Jets who attended the game before the team travels to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Sunday in the AFC championship game.
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[25] .Gail Goodrich who averaged 25.3 points, helped the team to a late-season surge.^ Gail Goodrich, who averaged 25.3 points, helped the team to a late-season surge.
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^ Helping to drive the Lakers to the postseason is Gail Goodrich who averages 25.3 ppg.

^ The team was moved in 1960 to Los Angeles and featured Hall of Famers like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain.
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[25] .Trailing the Golden State Warriors by three games with seven left to play, the Lakers rallied to win the Pacific Division with a 47–35 record.^ Trailing the Golden State Warriors by three games with seven left to play, the Lakers rallied to win the Pacific Division with a 47–35 record.
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^ The Lakers could win the Pacific Division tonight.
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^ Lakers be able to win without kobe playing?
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[25] .The team advanced to the playoffs but managed only one win against the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference semifinals.^ The team advanced to the playoffs, but managed only one win against the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference semifinals.
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^ Eight teams in the NBA's Western Conference can make the playoffs but it looks like 13 have a shot.
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^ In the playoffs the Lakers would survive a 7-game series against the Chicago Bulls to reach the Western Conference Finals.

.Following the season, Jerry West retired, ending his 14-year playing career.^ Following the season, Wilt Chamberlain retired after a 15 year NBA career.
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^ Following the season, Jerry West retired, ending his 14 year playing career.
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^ It took the midseason retirement of Elgin Baylor for Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Co.
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[25]

1974–1979: Building "Showtime"

The Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1970s.
.After missing the playoffs in the 1974–75 season, the Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's premier big man at that time.^ Bryant, 29, is the fourth member of the Lakers named league MVP, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin (Magic) Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.
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^ The Lakers' popularity soared in the 1980s when they won five additional championships during a nine-year span with the leadership of Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and coach Pat Riley, the franchise's all-time leader in regular season game wins and playoff games coached and wins.
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^ However, even with the addition of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers weren't able to win another championship until the arrival of Earvin "Magic" Johnson in 1979, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 championship series.
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[26] .Abdul-Jabbar wanted out from Milwaukee, demanding a trade to either New York or Los Angeles.^ Abdul-Jabbar wanted out from Milwaukee, demanding a trade to either New York or Los Angeles.
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^ The Los Angeles Lakers enter the new season in the envious position of being the defending NBA Champions, after capturing the title convincingly during last season NBA Finals.
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.He was eventually traded to the Lakers for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman, and Dave Meyers.^ To help reload the Lakers acquire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Milwaukee Bucks for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman, and Dave Meyers.

^ He was eventually traded to the Lakers for Elmore Smith , Brian Winters , Junior Bridgeman , and Dave Meyers .
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[26] .Abdul-Jabbar had an MVP season for the Lakers in 1975–76, leading the league in rebounding, blocked shots, and minutes played.^ Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had won the NBA MVP for the 4th time in his career by leading the league in rebounding, blocked shots, while finishing 2nd in scoring.

^ Abdul-Jabbar had an MVP season for the Lakers in 1975–76.
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^ He led the league in rebounding, blocked shots, and minutes played.
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[27] .The Lakers struggled in January, with a 3–10 record.^ The Lakers struggled in January, with a 3–10 record.
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^ Lakers have the better record with only 10 defeats.
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^ January 23, 2010, 10:37 am » Lakers' Kobe Bryant & Pau Gasol carry team to 115-105 victory over New York Knicks .
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[27] .At season's end, Abdul-Jabbar won his fourth NBA Most Valuable Player Award, but the team finished out of the playoffs with a 40–42 record.^ The Lakers NBA team holds the most number of NBA records & achievements.
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^ Kareem was named the NBA Most Valuable Player 6 times.
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^ At season's end, Abdul-Jabbar won the fourth NBA Most Valuable Player Award, but the team finished out of the playoffs with a 40-42 record.
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[27]
.Jerry West replaced Bill Sharman as head coach during the offseason.^ Jerry West replaced Bill Sharman as head coach during the offseason.
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^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Not just a scorer, Jerry West led the NBA in assists during the 1971-72 campaign with 9.7 per game.
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[27] .It took another MVP season from Abdul-Jabbar to carry the team back to the top of the Pacific Division, as the Lakers finished the 1976–77 season with a league-best 53–29 record.^ As far as the Lakers are concerned they are the best team in the league.
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^ Abdul-Jabbar had an MVP season for the Lakers in 1975–76.
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^ With another good year from Abdul-Jabbar, the team turned in a 54–28 record and finished second behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division.
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[28] .They defeated the Warriors in a seven-game series to open the postseason before being defeated by Portland in the Western Conference Finals.^ They defeated the Warriors in a tough seven-game series to open the postseason before being defeated by Portland in the Western Conference Finals.
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^ After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured the championship for the 15th time in 2009 , defeating the Orlando Magic four games to one.
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^ Then again, though the Raptors (22-22) have lost two of their last three games, they have won eight of their last nine home games, including four consecutive victories at Air Canada Centre against Western Conference teams.
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[27] .During the offseason, the Lakers picked up Jamaal Wilkes from Golden State and signed first-round draft pick Norm Nixon.^ Worthy was the first overall pick by the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Draft.
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^ During the offseason the Lakers picked up Jamaal Wilkes from Golden State and signed first-round draft pick Norm Nixon.
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^ On draft night 1982 the Lakers had the first overall pick.
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.In the first two minutes of the first game of the 1977–78 season, Abdul-Jabbar punched Bucks Kent Benson for an overly aggressive elbow and broke his hand.^ Just 2 minutes into the season opener Kareem Abdul-Jabbar punched Kent Benson of the Milwaukee Bucks in retaliation for an overly aggressive elbow.

^ Abdul-Jabbar broke his hand and was out for 2 months.

^ Just two minutes into the team's first game Abdul-Jabbar punched Bucks Kent Benson for an overly aggressive elbow.
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[27] .The team won 45 games despite not having Abdul-Jabbar for nearly two months.^ Then again, though the Raptors (22-22) have lost two of their last three games, they have won eight of their last nine home games, including four consecutive victories at Air Canada Centre against Western Conference teams.
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^ The city has two NBA teams and seven Division I colleges, including UCLA (a school that has won a record 11 NCAA championships).
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^ The Lakers wrapped up their 6 game road trip having won three and lost the other three.
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[27] .During the 1978–79 season, the team posted a 47–35 record but lost to the SuperSonics in the semifinal round of the playoffs.^ The team posted a 47–35 record, then fell to the SuperSonics in the semifinal round of the playoffs.
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^ But for the thousands of fans who bought Lakers tickets during the '07-'08 season, know that there is a bright future for their hometown team this season.
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^ Jackson’s big number is the record nine NBA championships he shares with Red Auerbach, but here’s the telltale stat: Only once has Jackson lost a playoff series in which his team had home-court advantage.

[27]

1979–1989: "Showtime"

Magic Johnson, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, led the "Showtime" Lakers to five NBA titles in the 80s.
.During the 1979 NBA Draft, the Lakers had the first overall pick and selected 6'9" Earvin Johnson from Michigan State.^ Worthy was the first overall pick by the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Draft.
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^ On draft night 1982 the Lakers had the first overall pick.
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^ During the 1979 NBA Draft , the Lakers found themselves holding the first overall pick.
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[29] .The Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year.^ For Lakers fans, this is the game of the year!
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^ Perry and I won a game of pool while the Lakers game was on.
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^ Leading the way for the Lakers was Magic Johnson who won his 3rd MVP in 4 years.

.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 led the Lakers to their championship in 1980 NBA over the Philadelphia 76ers.
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^ However, even with the addition of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers weren't able to win another championship until the arrival of Earvin "Magic" Johnson in 1979, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 championship series.
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^ Abdul-Jabbar had an MVP season for the Lakers in 1975–76.
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.He finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists en route to the Lakers' second championship in Los Angeles.^ Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles lakers’ .
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^ Los Angeles lakers .
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[30] .The 1980–81 season was a disappointment, though, as the Lakers lost Magic Johnson for most of the season to a knee injury.^ He finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists to lead the Lakers to their second championship in Los Angeles The 1980–81 season was a disappointment, though, as the Lakers lost Magic Johnson for most of the season to a knee injury.
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^ All the Lakers-Celtics rivalry is lacking is Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
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^ In one of the most impressive single game performances in Finals history Magic single-handedly carries the Lakers to a 123-107 victory by tallying 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists, as the Lakers win their 2nd Championship since moving to LA. With his Game 6 heroics Magic Johnson would be named Finals MVP. 1980/81 : Coming off their Championship the Lakers lose Magic Johnson for half the season due to a knee injury, and fall into 2nd place with a 54-28 record.

[31] .The team turned in a 54–28 record and finished second behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division.^ With another good year from Abdul-Jabbar, the team turned in a 54–28 record and finished second behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division.
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^ The team finished 42-40 in the 2006-07 NBA season, Jackson's worst record of his coaching career, and again they were beaten by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.
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^ Harris received the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in 1995 after guiding his Lakers to a 48-34 (.585) record, finishing third in the Pacific Division.
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[31] .But the Houston Rockets, led by Moses Malone, stunned the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.^ In the playoffs the Lakers would make a quick exit falling to the Houston Rockets 2 game to 1 in the first round.

^ But the Houston Rockets, led by Moses Malone , stunned the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
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^ In the playoffs the Lakers would dispatch the Houston Rockets in 4 games.

[31]
.Owner Jerry Buss fired coach Paul Westhead after the Lakers went 7–4 to start the 1981–82 season.^ Owner Jerry Buss fired coach Paul Westhead after the Lakers went 7–4 to start the 1981–82 season.
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^ The Lakers this season are off to a 7-3 start.
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^ Following the season owner Jack Kent Cooke sold his sports empire, which included the Lakers and the Great Western Forum, to Santa Monica real estate developer Jerry Buss for $67.5 million.

.Buss promoted assistant coach Pat Riley to head coach on November 19 and the team won 17 of its next 20 games.^ Buss promoted Assistant Coach Pat Riley to head coach on November 19, and the team won 17 of its next 20 games.
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^ To replace Westhead the Lakers promote assistant Coach Pat Riley.

^ In the 1980s under head coach Pat Riley, the Lakers appeared in the NBA Finals eight times and won five titles.
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[31] .The Lakers took the Pacific Division title and swept both the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs.^ Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs tickets 2/8 .
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^ The Lakers took the Pacific Division title, they swept both Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs.
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.The Lakers then stretched its postseason winning streak to nine games by taking the first contest of the NBA Finals from the 76ers.^ In the NBA Finals the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers split the first 4 games all of which were decided in the final minutes.

^ Lakers snap Celtics 19 game winning streak .

^ The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.
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[31] .The team won the Finals four games to two; the team's playoff record that year was 12–2.[31] On draft night in 1982, the Lakers had the first overall pick and selected James Worthy from North Carolina.^ Only three teams have won an NBA title after losing the first two games.
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^ On a night where Kobe didn’t even have his ‘B’ game the Lakers still won.

^ Worthy was the first overall pick by the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Draft.
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[32] .The Lakers clinched the Pacific Division with a 58–24 record, advancing to the 1983 NBA Finals by defeating Portland and San Antonio in the first two rounds.^ Once again the Spurs got the jump on the Lakers winning the first two games in San Antonio.

^ Two other times, the Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals when trying to defend a title.
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^ There is no reason the Lakers shouldn't represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals with a chance to win it all again.
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.The Sixers, however, won the series and the championship in four straight games.^ The Sixers won the series and the championship in four straight games.
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^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

^ Managing Bryant’s minutes and trying to pace his tremendous competitiveness will be a key to the remainder of the championship series, which resumes Thursday night with Game 4 in Orlando.
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[32]
.By the 1984–85 season, the Lakers' "Showtime" era was in full swing.^ By the 1984–85 season , the Lakers' "Showtime" era was in full swing.
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^ Nicknamed for their most successful NBA season, the "Showtime" Lakers call Los Angeles , California home.
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^ Coach Bill Bertka reflect on the 1980s Lakers Showtime era (but where's Cap?
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.The team won the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year.^ The team won the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year.
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^ Harris received the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in 1995 after guiding his Lakers to a 48-34 (.585) record, finishing third in the Pacific Division.
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^ The Lakers won 58 games in the 2001–02 season, but the Sacramento Kings clinched the Pacific Division.
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.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".[33] The Lakers were resilient and behind 37-year old Finals MVP Abdul-Jabbar, they were finally able to defeat Boston in six games.^ This Boston girl can enjoy a Laker game.
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^ For Lakers fans, this is the game of the year!
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^ Unfortunately the Lakers lost the finals.
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.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.^ Winning the NBA championship, cheering our team to the pinnacle of this sport.

^ "He lifted the Lakers to five NBA championships.
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^ The team gained an extra measure of satisfaction from winning the title in the Boston Garden , the site of so many past agonies for the Laker franchise, thus making the 1985 Lakers the only visiting team to ever win an NBA championship on the famed parquet floor.
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[33]
The Lakers drafted James Worthy first overall in 1982.
.In the 1985–86 season, they started 24–3 and finished with 62 wins, clinching their fifth straight division title.^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ The Lakers would start off strong without Kobe winning 4 of their first 5 in his absence, but the toll would catch up with them as they lost 3 in a row.

^ Showtime continued to reign out West as the Lakers cruised to their 4th straight Division Title with a 62-20 record.

[34] .The Houston Rockets, however, defeated the Lakers in five games in the Western Conference Finals.^ In the playoffs the Lakers would get to the Western Conference Finals by sweeping the Houston Rockets, and beating the Golden State Warriors in 5 games.

^ The Under is 9-1 in the Lakers last 10 Conference Finals games.
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^ In the playoffs the Lakers would dispatch the Houston Rockets in 4 games.

.The Rockets won the series when Ralph Sampson hit a 20–foot jumper as time expired in game five at The Forum.^ The Rockets won the series when Sampson hit a 20–foot jumper as time expired in Game 5 at The Forum.
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^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

^ Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson proved to be too much for Abdul-Jabbar to handle, and the Lakers fell in five games in the Western Conference Finals.
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[34] .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.^ However, it was not enough as the Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games.

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[35] .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.^ The Lakers NBA team holds the most number of NBA records & achievements.
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^ The next season the Lakers accumulated 65 wins, the second-most in franchise history up to that point.
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^ Kobe Bryant was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award , becoming the first Los Angeles Lakers guard to have won the award since Magic Johnson won the award in 1990 .
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[35] .Michael Cooper was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year.^ There have many clutch players in the NBA. There will be many more in the years ahead.
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^ Johnson become NBA All-Star12-time in his 13-year career, he was also named NBA MVP three times, in 1987, 1989 and 1990.
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^ Kareem was named the NBA Most Valuable Player 6 times.
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[35] .The Lakers accumulated 65 wins, the second-most in franchise history up to that point.^ The Lakers' win came by a point in overtime.
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^ The next season the Lakers accumulated 65 wins, the second-most in franchise history up to that point.
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^ After losing the previous 8 Finals match ups with Celtics the Lakers looked to be in trouble after losing Game 1 in Boston by 34 points.

.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.^ However the Celtics managed to sweep the Lakers.
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^ In tonights Laker-Golden State game, I got the edge of each side of the sword.
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^ The Under is 9-1 in the Lakers last 10 Conference Finals games.
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.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.^ Only three teams have won an NBA title after losing the first two games.
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^ For the next two seasons, the team made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the second and first round, respectively.
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[35] .The series was highlighted by Johnson's running "baby hook" shot to win game four at Boston Garden with two seconds remaining.^ He took four shots and made two.
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^ 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 4 at Boston Garden with two seconds remaining.
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^ I love to relive the championship moments when a Laker player makes a game winning shot, makes a game winning defensive move, or shows hustle on a loose ball.
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[36] .Johnson was named the NBA Finals MVP, to go with his regular-season MVP trophy.^ Johnson was named the NBA Finals MVP, to go with his regular-season MVP trophy.
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^ Bryant, 29, is the fourth member of the Lakers named league MVP, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin (Magic) Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.
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^ Johnson become NBA All-Star12-time in his 13-year career, he was also named NBA MVP three times, in 1987, 1989 and 1990.
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.At the Lakers' championship celebration in Los Angeles, coach Riley brashly declared that the Lakers would repeat as NBA champions in the next season.^ Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles lakers’ .
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^ At the Lakers' championship celebration in Los Angeles, coach Riley brashly declared that the Lakers would repeat as NBA champions in the next season.
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^ NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers (2009) .
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[35] .During the 1987–88 season, the Lakers took their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title, and subsequently met the Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.^ The team then made it to the NBA Finals , facing the Detroit Pistons again.
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^ During the 1987–88 season , the Lakers still found a way to win, taking their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title, and subsequently meeting the Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals .
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^ Score your Lakers tickets for the 2008-2009 season, and watch the team pursue the NBA title in person at home or on the road.
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.The Lakers took the series in seven games, and James Worthy's triple double earned him a Finals MVP award.^ The Lakers took the series in seven games and James Worthy's triple double earned him a Finals MVP award.
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^ Though Philadelphia took Game 1 of the finals, the Lakers swept the series the rest of the way.
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^ The championship series got off to a horrid start for the Lakers, losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals by a lopsided score of 148–114, in what is now remembered as the "Memorial Day Massacre".
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.In the 1988–89 season, the Lakers won 57 games.^ The 1988–89 season was solid, ended up winning 57 games.
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^ Perry and I won a game of pool while the Lakers game was on.
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.They swept the playoffs up till the NBA Finals, facing the Detroit Pistons again.^ This season also marked a 20-year milestone in the NBA: the first time in 2 decades a team has won a title after losing in the finals the year before (Pistons ‘89, yuck).

^ Their misery this year almost makes up for all of the extra pain and nastiness they dished out after their NBA championship last year.

^ However, it was the first time they were matched in the NBA Finals since 1987 when Magic Johnson got the best of Larry Bird in six games.

.The Pistons took advantage of the sudden injuries of Byron Scott and Magic Johnson and took the series in four games.^ The Pistons took advantage of the injuries of Byron Scott and Magic Johnson, and took the series in four games.
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^ However, as the Finals began the Lakers broke down first Byron Scott went down to a hamstring injury then Magic Johnson was hobbled as the Lakers were swept in 4 straight.

^ Now the series shifts to Orlando where the Magic face a must-win Game 3 on Tuesday.
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[37]

1989–1999: Post-"Showtime" dry spell

Lakers retired jerseys hanging in the rafters of Staples Center.
.On June 28, 1989, after twenty professional seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced his retirement.^ On June 28, 1989, after twenty professional seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced his retirement.
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^ Bryant, 29, is the fourth member of the Lakers named league MVP, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin (Magic) Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.
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^ However, in the playoffs the Lakers are bounced quickly falling to the Milwaukee Bucks led by Kareem-Abdul Jabbar in 5 games.

.During the 1990 offseason, 1987 Defensive Player of the Year winner Michael Cooper also announced his retirement.^ During the 1990 offseason, 1987 Defensive Player of the Year winner Michael Cooper announced his retirement.
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^ Johnson become NBA All-Star12-time in his 13-year career, he was also named NBA MVP three times, in 1987, 1989 and 1990.
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^ Magic was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player three years (1980, 1982, 1987).
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.The team made another Finals appearance in 1991 but lost to Michael Jordan's Bulls in five games.^ The team made another finals appearance in 1991 , but lost to Michael Jordan 's Bulls in five games.
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^ Chicago Bulls - NBA Basketball The Chicago Bulls were an NBA basketball dynasty in the days of Michael Jordan,...
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^ But as one Bulls official once told me, “If you’re going to coach Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen you better have some shit with you.” .
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[38] .On November 7, 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for HIV and that he would retire immediately.^ Following the season Magic Johnson would announce he would not return as Coach.

^ On November 7, 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for HIV and that he would retire immediately.
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^ Magic Johnson's return would be short lived as he retired again after the season.

[39] .In their first season without Magic, they only won 43 games.^ In addition, they were eliminated after only four games in the first round.
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^ Their first season without Magic was not good, only winning 43 games.
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^ The following season started well as they won 26 of their first 39 games.
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.In addition, they were eliminated after only four games in the first round.^ The team was eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Suns again, four games to one.
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^ In addition, they were eliminated after only four games in the first round.
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^ However, it was the first time they were matched in the NBA Finals since 1987 when Magic Johnson got the best of Larry Bird in six games.

.During the 1993–94 season, the team won only 33 games and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history.^ The franchise has only missed the NBA playoffs five times.
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^ During the 1993-94 season the team ended up only winning 33 games, and missing the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history.
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^ But for the thousands of fans who bought Lakers tickets during the '07-'08 season, know that there is a bright future for their hometown team this season.
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[40]
Following the 1999 NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers moved to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
.For the next two seasons, the team made the playoffs but were eliminated in the second and first round, respectively.^ For the next two seasons, the team made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the second and first round, respectively.
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^ The team eliminated the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
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^ In the next round, the team faced Seattle.
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[41][42] .During the 1996 off-season, however, the Lakers acquired 17 year old Kobe Bryant from the Charlotte Hornets for Vlade Divac, Bryant was drafted thirteenth overall straight out of Lower Merion High School of Ardmore, Pennsylvania.^ It happens again and again during the season, year after year.
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^ Kobe Bryant scored 31 for the Lakers.
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^ Lakers guard Kobe Bryant .
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.The Lakers also signed free-agent Shaquille O'Neal during the offseason.^ However, during the 1996 off-season, the Lakers signed Shaquille O'Neal and acquired rookie Kobe Bryant from the Charlotte Hornets.
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^ Bryant, 29, is the fourth member of the Lakers named league MVP, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin (Magic) Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.
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^ The Lakers and the Orlando Magic Connection Everybody knows that Shaq played for the Orlando Magic before joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent.
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[43] .They used their 24th pick in the draft to select Derek Fisher.^ They used their 24th pick in the draft to select Derek Fisher .
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^ And to top it off, since the lakers were in the finals, they got crappy draft picks.
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^ The next week my brother picked up the Derek Fisher bobblehead doll for us.
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[44] .During the season, the team traded Cedric Ceballos to the Phoenix Suns for Robert Horry.^ During the season, the team traded Cedric Ceballos to the Phoenix Suns for Robert Horry .
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^ But for the thousands of fans who bought Lakers tickets during the '07-'08 season, know that there is a bright future for their hometown team this season.
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^ He will be teamed up in the post with Pau Gasol who was acquired prior to last season's trade deadline.
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[45]
.O'Neal led the team to a 56–26 record, their best effort since 1990–91, despite missing 31 games with a knee injury.^ O'Neal led the team to a 56–26 record, their best effort since 1990–91, despite missing 31 games with a knee injury.
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^ Unfortunately, O'Neal missed 20 games due to an abdominal injury.
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^ Despite missing 31 games with a knee injury Shaq was an overwhelming presence in the middle as the Lakers battled all season for the division title before finishing in 2nd place by 1 game with a 56-26 record.

[46] .O'Neal averaged 26.2 ppg and 12.5 rpg and finished third in the league in blocked shots (2.88 bpg) in 51 games.^ O'Neal averaged 26.2 ppg and 12.5 rpg and finished third in the league in blocked shots (2.88 bpg) in the 51 games.
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^ In the playoff Van Exel continued to emerge as a star as he averages 24.2 ppg in a 1st round upset over the Seattle Supersonics in 4 games.

^ In 16 games this season, Gasol is averaging 17.0 points on .543 shooting from the field, 12.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.75 blocked shots in 36.1 minutes.
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[46][47] .The Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs.^ The Lakers defeated Portland three games to one, in the first-round best-of-five.
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^ LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Trail Blazers rain on Lakers' ...
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^ The Lakers defeated Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs .
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.O'Neal scored 46 points in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, marking the highest single-game playoff scoring output by a Laker since Jerry West scored 53 against the Celtics in 1969.[46] In the next round, the Lakers lost four games to one to the Utah Jazz.^ However, not even a 46-point effort in Game 1 by Shaq was enough as the Lakers lost the game and eventually the series in 5 games to the Utah Jazz.

^ The Lakers are just a single win behind the Spurs and one full game behind the Jazz.
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^ But the Lakers were maddeningly inconsistent against the Rockets, brilliant one game then lackadaisical the next.

[46]
.In the 1997–98 season, O'Neal and the Lakers had the best start in franchise history, starting 11–0.[48] O'Neal missed 20 games due to an abdominal injury.^ The Lakers this season are off to a 7-3 start.
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^ James, Cavs best Wade, Heat Chronicle-Telegram Cleveland won its 10th straight game overall – Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers share the league high this season with 11-game winning streaks – and ...
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^ "He's only played like 20 games (he played Thursday in his 25th out of 42 Lakers games) this year.
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[48] .All season, the Lakers battled with Seattle for the Pacific Division title.^ All season, the Lakers found themselves embroiled in a fierce battle with Seattle for the Pacific Division title.
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^ The Los Angeles Lakers enter the new season in the envious position of being the defending NBA Champions, after capturing the title convincingly during last season NBA Finals.
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^ Harris received the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in 1995 after guiding his Lakers to a 48-34 (.585) record, finishing third in the Pacific Division.
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.In the final two months of the season, the Lakers won 22 of their final 25 games.^ In the final two months of the season, the Lakers won 22 of their final 25 games.
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^ Perry and I won a game of pool while the Lakers game was on.
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^ Parker’s basket capped a Lakers’ comeback from four points down in the final 6.7 seconds, providing a dramatic finish in the first meeting of the season between these two fierce California rivals.
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[48] .With their late-season surge, the Lakers overtook Seattle atop the Pacific at 61–21.[48] The Lakers defeated Portland three games to one, in the best-of-five first-round.^ However, in the first round the Lakers are beaten by the Seattle Supersonics in a 3 game series.

^ The Lakers took the first game by three points, but the Knicks took the series in five games.
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^ The Lakers defeated Portland three games to one, in the first-round best-of-five.
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.In the next round, the team faced Seattle.^ In the next round, the team faced Seattle.
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^ For the next two seasons, the team made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the second and first round, respectively.
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^ In the Playoffs, the team defeated the Indianapolis Olympians in three games, but lost to the Rochester Royals in the next round.
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.Although Seattle won the first game, the Lakers responded with four straight wins and took the series.^ Although Seattle won the first game, the Lakers responded with four straight wins, and taking the series.
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^ However, in the first round the Lakers are beaten by the Seattle Supersonics in a 3 game series.

^ As the series shifted to LA the Lakers bounced back winning Games 3 and 4.

[48] The Lakers were swept in four games by the Utah Jazz, being one series short of reaching the Finals for the first time since 1991.[48]
.During the middle of the 1998–99 season, All-Star guard Eddie Jones and center Elden Campbell were traded to the Charlotte Hornets.^ During the middle of the 1998–99 season , All-Star guard Eddie Jones and center Elden Campbell were traded to the Charlotte Hornets.
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^ Always frank in his assessments, Kaman offered the opinion recently that Gasol shouldn’t be an All-Star because he really isn’t a center and he’s missed a lot of games.
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^ Joining Kobe on the all-star roster was Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Van Exel, and Eddie Jones, as the Lakers lost the Division via tiebreaker with a 61-21 record.

.The team also acquired J. R. Reid, B. J. Armstrong, and Glen Rice.^ The team also acquired J. R. Reid , B. J. Armstrong , and Glen Rice .
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[49] .The team finished 31–19 in the shortened season, which was fourth in the Western Conference.^ The team finished 31–19 in the shortened season, being fourth in the Western Conference.
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^ His place on the team might not be an issue if it weren’t for the fine seasons being turned in by two other bigs in the Western Conference.
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^ By trading for Pau Gasol, the Los Angeles Lakers may have solidified themselves as one of the elite teams in the powerful Western Conference.
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[50] .The team defeated the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs but were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in the next round.^ The team defeated the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, but were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in the next round.
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^ Unfortunately, the team was eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in six games, in the next round.
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^ San Antonio Spurs guar...
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[51]

1999–2004: Bryant, O'Neal, and Jackson

The Lakers at the White House following their 2001 NBA championship.
.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.^ "Any time Pau has an injury we're concerned," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
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^ I thought we were poor, defensively,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
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^ If the Lakers win another championship it will be a record setting win for head coach Phil Jackson.
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[45] .The team also moved to a new arena, the Staples Center.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ The teams played an overtime thriller won by the Lakers in Houston in early November, and then the Rockets got payback at Staples Center shortly thereafter.
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^ Neither was able to practice Saturday and neither will play tonight when the Lakers face the struggling New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
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[52]
.At the start of the 1999–2000 season, they won 31 of their first 36 games.^ Season First Game Played October 23, 1960 .

^ But I think that the NBA gives the ring to the last roster (and that’s way it’s said that Elgin Baylor never won a ring, besides he played the first 9 games of the 1971/72 season)… .

^ In the second round the Lakers long season began to take its toll on them as they dropped the first 2 games on the road to the San Antonio Spurs losing Derek Fisher and Rick Fox to injuries in the process.

[53] .They won 67 games, the most games since they won 65 in the 1986–87 season.^ However, it was the first time they were matched in the NBA Finals since 1987 when Magic Johnson got the best of Larry Bird in six games.

^ "The Lakers' Kobe Bryant has retained the top spot on the NBA's Most Popular Jerseys list, the ranking he has held since the start of the 2008-09 season.
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^ What I love about this DVD is that they not only cover most of the important games I mentioned, but they show some of the most memorable plays from those games and from the playoffs, it really got me hyped up over last season.
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[53] .The team eliminated the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns in the first two rounds of the playoffs.^ The Lakers stayed hot in the 2nd round beating the Dallas Mavericks in 5 games, to reach the Western Finals, where they would eclipse the Phoenix Suns in 6 games.

^ Only three teams have won an NBA title after losing the first two games.
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^ In the playoffs the Lakers would make a quick exit falling to the Houston Rockets 2 game to 1 in the first round.

[54] .After taking a three games to one lead in the Western Conference Finals, the Trail Blazers came back to force a game seven.^ There is no reason the Lakers shouldn't represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals with a chance to win it all again.
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^ The Lakers stayed hot in the 2nd round beating the Dallas Mavericks in 5 games, to reach the Western Finals, where they would eclipse the Phoenix Suns in 6 games.

^ Charlotte has won six of the last seven meetings and picked up the last three games.
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[55] .The team was down by 15 points but went on a 19–4 run to tie the game.^ "The percentage of points that we have that Kobe contributes to our game and the percentage of points that Carmelo contributes to their team and how you look at it is probably pretty close," Jackson said.
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^ He said that to him, this is more important than total points allowed per game because that is heavily influenced by the style of play a team has.
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^ Andrew Bynum had his most complete game in a month, collecting 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, but it wasn't entirely a clean victory.
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[55] .The Lakers won 89–84 and went to the NBA Finals.^ The Los Angeles Lakers enter the new season in the envious position of being the defending NBA Champions, after capturing the title convincingly during last season NBA Finals.
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^ However, as the Finals began the Lakers broke down first Byron Scott went down to a hamstring injury then Magic Johnson was hobbled as the Lakers were swept in 4 straight.

^ Lakers coach Phil Jackson has won nine championships, tied for the NBA record with former Boston coach Red Auerbach.
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[55] .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.[56] The following season, the team won 11 fewer regular season games.^ Only three teams have won an NBA title after losing the first two games.
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^ Celtics have gone to 6 finals and won 4 titles.

^ Not in the long regular season, not in the playoff grind or the final title series.
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[57] .The team, however, swept the first three rounds of the playoffs, beating the Trail Blazers in three and the Kings and Spurs in four.^ However, reality would strike as the Lakers lost their final 9 games to finish with a 33-49 record, missing the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.

^ It remains conceivable that the teams, separated by 111/2 games in the standings, could meet in a first-round playoff matchup in a few months.
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^ In the playoffs the Lakers continued to roll sweeping the Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs on the way to the NBA Finals.

[58] .The team met Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals; the Sixers took game one in overtime.^ Allen Iverson 48pts 2001 NBA F...
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^ Now, if you’ve ever played for Jackson, or played on a team that has gone up against Jackson, the last thing you want to do is trigger one of his mind games.
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[59] .But the team came back, taking four in a row to clinch their second straight title.^ On second thought, I take that back.
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^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

^ Shaquille O'Neal was named the Finals MVP as he led his team to the promised land for the second year in a row.
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.The team had a 15–1 record in the postseason, the best in NBA history.^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ Sacramento set a team record with 58 foul shots, but missed 15 of them.
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^ Not to be out done, Kobe would score 60 and 50, to record the second longest streak of 50 point games in NBA history, as the Lakers got back on the winning track.

[60] .The Lakers won 58 games in the 2001–02 season but the Sacramento Kings clinched the Pacific Division.^ Perry and I won a game of pool while the Lakers game was on.
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^ Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings Flying to Los Angeles Tue 13th Apr 10 Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings 2475 2010-04-12 2 Los Angeles .
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^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

[61]
Shaquille O'Neal (left), along with Kobe Bryant (right), helped the Lakers win three straight NBA titles.
.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.^ However, it was not enough as the Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games.

^ San Antonio Spurs tick...
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^ Once again the Spurs got the jump on the Lakers winning the first two games in San Antonio.

[61] .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.^ As the series shifted to LA the Lakers bounced back winning Games 3 and 4.

^ The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
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^ The Under is 5-0 in the Lakers last 5 vs. Western Conference.
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[62] .The Lakers then achieved a three-peat by sweeping the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals.^ New Jersey Nets ticket...
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^ The Los Angeles Lakers enter the new season in the envious position of being the defending NBA Champions, after capturing the title convincingly during last season NBA Finals.
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^ There is no reason the Lakers shouldn't represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals with a chance to win it all again.
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[63]
.In the beginning of the 2002–03 season, they started 11–19.[64] The team went 39–13 for the rest of the season and won 50 games.^ The beginning of the season, I didn’t start well.
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^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ As Shaquille O'Neal recovered from off-season toe surgery the Lakers got off to a slow start losing 9 of their first 12 games.

[65] .The team faced the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs; the Lakers took the series in six games.^ However, in the first round the Lakers are beaten by the Seattle Supersonics in a 3 game series.

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[65] .The team was eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs four games to two in the Western Conference Semifinals.^ Once again the Spurs got the jump on the Lakers winning the first two games in San Antonio.

^ However, it was not enough as the Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games.

^ Two of the top teams in the Western Conference meet on Wednesday as the San Antonio Spurs host the Los Angeles Lakers in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Last year the teams split their season series 2-2.
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[66] .The following offseason, the Lakers signed Karl Malone and Gary Payton.^ Lakers as they signed hall of famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone.
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^ The game was special because it was the first time Shaq O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone played together as Lakers in a regular season home game.
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[67] .Three of the "big four", however, struggled with injuries: Shaquille O'Neal suffered from a strained calf, Karl Malone with an injured knee and Kobe Bryant with a shoulder injury.^ It could also be because Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone were out with injuries.
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^ They are one of the # 1 Basketball team in NBA. Lakers have extra ordinary brilliant players as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
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^ However in December Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal both missed time due to injury while Gary Payton struggled to adapt to the Triangle offense, as the Lakers went 13-16 over the next 2 months into All-Star Weekend which was played at the Staples Center.

[68][69] .Ending up with a 56–26 record, they clinched the Pacific Division and entered the playoffs as the number two seed.^ The newly focused Kobe, would help the Lakers get off to a strong start as they were locked in a battle with the Phoenix Suns, for first place in the Pacific Division with a 19-11 record, which was helped by a strong December, in which the Lakers posted a 10-4 record.

^ Orlando entered the playoffs similar to the way they will enter the 2009 Finals as many people are not giving them much of a chance.
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^ The Lakers overcome an early injury to Magic Johnson to finish with a 54-28 record that wins them the Pacific Division for the 3rd year in a row.

.They defeated the Houston Rockets, Spurs, and Timberwolves in the first three rounds of the 2004 NBA Playoffs, before they succumbed to the Detroit Pistons in five games in the 2004 NBA Finals.^ In the playoffs the Lakers would dispatch the Houston Rockets in 4 games.

^ In the playoffs the Lakers would make a quick exit falling to the Houston Rockets 2 game to 1 in the first round.

^ In the playoffs the Lakers beat the Detroit Piston in 6 games in the Western Finals after earning a 1st round bye.

[70]

2004–2007: Rebuilding

Laker Girls perform during a home Los Angeles Lakers game.
.During the 2004 offseason, the team entered the rebuilding phase when O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, Caron Butler and a first-round draft pick.^ Shaq would go on to be traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick.

^ With the trade deadline approaching the Lakers, vastly improved their team acquiring Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol (Pau's Brother), and two first round draft picks.

^ During a timeout, he moved over to joke with injured Lamar Odom after laughing it up with Parker, Cook and Walton.
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[71] .The team also traded Rick Fox and Gary Payton to the Boston Celtics, for Chris Mihm, Marcus Banks, and Chucky Atkins.^ That, of course, has everything to do with the fact that he’s trying to push a talented young team to a championship, a talented young team that had its mental fragility exposed last year against the Boston Celtics.
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^ After the Celtics won Game 6 in Boston the Lakers were confident with the 7th game at home, in a series in which the home team won every game.

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[72] .Derek Fisher, frustrated with losing playing time, opted out of his contract and signed with the Warriors.^ The biggest question surrounding the Lakers is the play at point guard, which is split by veteran Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar.
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^ Vujacic still struggled and Fisher still looked warn out, but Farmar played well in stretches and ShanWow was a pleasant surprise at times.

^ During the 3 hour, 20 minute playing time, the triple overtime, neither the sold out arena in Charlotte let the Lakers have it easy, nor the Bobcats themselves.
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[72] .As Phil Jackson was not brought back to coach the team for the 2004–05 season, the team hired Rudy Tomjanovich.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ In their first season at the Staples Center the Lakers hired Coach Phil Jackson with the hopes he could have the Lakers come together and play to their full potential after disappointing results in the playoffs.

^ Finally, Krause grew fed up, fired Collins and hired Jackson as his head coach.
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[72] .Almost only Kobe Bryant remained on the team; after key injuries to Bryant and Odom they finished with a 34–48 record in 2005, missing the playoffs for the fifth time in their franchise history.^ Bryant’s only shot of the quarter was a missed 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining.
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^ In April the Lakers would win just 1 of 11 games as they ended up tied with the Golden State Warriors for last place with a 34-48 record.

^ The Lakers would get healthy just in time for the playoffs as Chamberlain and Baylor both returned from knee injuries.

[5] .Since the team failed to make the playoffs, they were in the 2005 Draft Lottery, their first since 1994.^ In 2005 the Lakers didn’t even make the playoffs.

^ But make no mistake, this game, like that first Celtic blowout of our team two years ago will stick in the back of the mind.
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^ For a moment the Nets were a playoff team but then they lost to the Cavs.
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With the tenth overall pick, the Lakers selected Andrew Bynum, a center from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey.[73] .The team also traded Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to the Washington Wizards for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit.^ Shaq would go on to be traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick.

^ Kwame Brown was traded for Pau Gasol.

^ Good/Bad The Wizards are playing well dispute injuries to Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler.
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[74] .Jackson returned to coach the team after Rudy Tomjanovich resigned midway through the previous season.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Still, Jim Buss has been credited with making a series of moves five years ago that cost the franchise dearly, namely pushing for the firing of Jackson and the hiring of Rudy Tomjanovich as coach.
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^ Following the season Magic Johnson would announce he would not return as Coach.

[75] .On January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest total in NBA history.^ Kobe's 81 would go down as the second highest scoring game in NBA history, 19 behind Wilt Chamberlain's historic 100-point performance.

^ I’m really happy for Sasha, how well he played tonight,” said Kobe Bryant , who scored 14 of his 26 points in the final period and also had eight rebounds and six assists.
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^ As expected, Kobe Bryant will play tonight against the Denver Nuggets.
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[76] .Ending the season with a 45–37 record, the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.[77] After taking a three games to one lead in the first round, the Phoenix Suns came back to take the series in seven games.^ However the Suns would recover and would send the series back to Phoenix for Game.

^ In the playoffs the Lakers would show signs of Showtime as they beat the Phoenix Suns in the first 2 games of their first round series.

^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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[78] .In the following season, they won 26 of their first 39 games.^ Season First Game Played October 23, 1960 .

^ But I think that the NBA gives the ring to the last roster (and that’s way it’s said that Elgin Baylor never won a ring, besides he played the first 9 games of the 1971/72 season)… .

^ In the second round the Lakers long season began to take its toll on them as they dropped the first 2 games on the road to the San Antonio Spurs losing Derek Fisher and Rick Fox to injuries in the process.

[79] .For the rest of the season, they lost 27 of their last 43 games, including a seven game losing streak.^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ In the second round the Lakers long season began to take its toll on them as they dropped the first 2 games on the road to the San Antonio Spurs losing Derek Fisher and Rick Fox to injuries in the process.

^ With a 19-game winning streak the Lakers looked unstoppable as they faced the Philadelphia 76ers.

[79] .The team was eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Suns again, four games to one.^ The Lakers stayed hot in the 2nd round beating the Dallas Mavericks in 5 games, to reach the Western Finals, where they would eclipse the Phoenix Suns in 6 games.

^ In the playoffs the Lakers would make a quick exit falling to the Houston Rockets 2 game to 1 in the first round.

^ This time there would be no 3-1 lead, as the Suns jumped out early winning the first two games.

[79]

2007–present: Return to championship form

The Lakers at the White House following their 2009 NBA championship.
Kobe Bryant holding the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy
.After re-acquiring Derek Fisher, the Lakers started the 2007–08 season fairly well, supported by the flourishing Andrew Bynum.^ The beginning of the season, I didn’t start well.
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^ In the second round the Lakers long season began to take its toll on them as they dropped the first 2 games on the road to the San Antonio Spurs losing Derek Fisher and Rick Fox to injuries in the process.

^ The Lakers will look to compensate for the loss of the starting center while attempting to take down the Celtics for the 2 nd time this season on Thursday.
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.However, Bynum's season ended to injury in January, leading the Lakers to trade Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, and two first round draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and a second round draft choice.^ Worthy was the first overall pick by the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Draft.
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^ With the trade deadline approaching the Lakers, vastly improved their team acquiring Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol (Pau's Brother), and two first round draft picks.

^ The Lakers started with two losses in the first three games, and ended the trip with a loss to Memphis.
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[80] .After the trade, the Lakers went on to clinch the first seed in the Western Conference with a 57–25 record.^ However, as the Finals began the Lakers broke down first Byron Scott went down to a hamstring injury then Magic Johnson was hobbled as the Lakers were swept in 4 straight.

^ In their first season in LA the Lakers finish in 2nd place with a 36-43 record.

^ In their first season at The Forum, the Lakers finish in 2nd place with a solid 52-30 record, despite losing Jerry West for 31 games with an injury.

[81] .Kobe Bryant was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first Los Angeles Lakers player to have won the award since Shaquille O'Neal won the award in 2000.^ The balance has shifted for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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^ With Shaquille O'Neal gone, Kobe Bryant looked forward to basking alone in the spotlight in Los Angeles.

[82][83] .The Lakers went to the playoffs and defeated the Denver Nuggets in four games, the Utah Jazz in six games, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in five games.^ The Lakers (38-12) have four games against playoff-caliber teams within the next week: Denver, Portland, San Antonio and Utah.
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^ However, it was not enough as the Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games.

^ All of their upcoming opponents -- Denver, Portland, San Antonio and Utah -- are in playoff contention.
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[84][85] .They entered the NBA Finals for the first time in four years, facing their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics, whom they had not played in the Finals in 21 years.^ In the NBA Finals it was a return to the days of old as the Lakers faced the Boston Celtics.

^ NBA Finals : In the Finals the Lakers found a familiar foe in the Boston Celtics, who they were facing with the NBA Championship on the line for the 11th time in 50 years.

^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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.The Lakers eventually lost the series in six games.^ In Game 7 led by a triple-double from Series MVP James Worthy, the Lakers won their 5th title of the decade and second straight with a 108-105 win.

^ After splitting the first 4 games the Lakers beat the Celtics 126-121 in Boston to grab a 3-2 series lead.

^ The Lakers wrapped up their 6 game road trip having won three and lost the other three.
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.In the 2008–09 NBA season, the Lakers returned to championship form.^ Derek Drew Lamar Pau Kobe 2008-09 NBA Champions.
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^ The Lakers are hoping that the return of Andrew Bynum will take them to the NBA title this season.
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^ George played his first seven NBA seasons with the Lakers before signing with Dallas last summer.
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.Los Angeles finished with a 65–17 record, easily winning the Pacific Division and clinching first place in the Western Conference.^ The Lakers weakness at center is exploited as the y finish in 3rd place with a 42-38 record.

^ The Lakers would go on to finish in 2nd place with a 58-24 record, as Shaquille O'Neal hobbled through most of the 2nd half with a foot injury.

^ The Lakers would come flying out of the gate winning 16 of their first 17 games.

[86] .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 needed 7 games to overcome a hungry Rockets team in the Conference Semi-Finals and took down Denver in 6 games to win the West.
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^ As Walton explained, the players themselves realized it in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals when they soared to a different level and destroyed the Denver Nuggets .
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^ The Lakers stayed hot in the 2nd round beating the Dallas Mavericks in 5 games, to reach the Western Finals, where they would eclipse the Phoenix Suns in 6 games.

[87][88][89] .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, their first in seven years.^ They won the best-of-seven series in four games, the first Finals sweep by the Lakers, the seventh in league history and the first in seven years, since O'Neal and his Orlando Magic were gone in four."
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^ "He lifted the Lakers to five NBA championships.
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^ Celtics have gone to 6 finals and won 4 titles.

.Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career.^ Kobe Bryant 8" NBA FINALS MVP Bobblehead $29.95 .

^ Wilt was the NBA MVP 4 times.
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^ To make room for Shaq the Lakers traded Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for their first round draft pick a High School star named Kobe Bryant.

[90] .On 02010-01-13 January 13, 2010, the Lakers became the first team in NBA history to win 3,000 regular season games, in a 100–95 win against the Dallas Mavericks.^ Terribly flawed in the regular season, the Lakers grew and became the best postseason team in NBA history.
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^ January 13,2010 .
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^ Will this team exceed the Lakers season record of 69 wins?
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[91]

Lakers-Celtics Rivalry

.The Lakers have had a long rivalry with the Boston Celtics.^ Celtics Lakers rivalry is the second greatest rivalry in America, behind North Carolina-Duke rivalry.
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^ Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Flying to Los Angeles Thu 18th Feb 10 Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics 2465 2010-02-17 2 Los Angeles .
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^ Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Flying to Boston Sun 31st Jan 10 Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2245 2010-01-30 2 Boston .
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.They have met in the NBA Finals 11 times with the Celtics winning nine times and the Lakers twice.^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ They put up a valiant efforts out there but Lakers can't win without Kobe, Gasol and 50% Artest.
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The first meeting in the Finals was in 1959. .Despite being swept by the Celtics in 1959, the Lakers managed to keep every game close.^ After splitting the first 4 games the Lakers beat the Celtics 126-121 in Boston to grab a 3-2 series lead.

^ Without his shooting, the Lakers would have lost Game 3 against the Celtics (even though we lost the series).

^ In the Finals the Celtics would once again beat the Lakers taking their 10th title in 12 years by beating the Lakers in 6 games.

[92] .The teams met six more times in the sixties, with the Celtics winning each time.^ Watching 'killer' Kobe last night put another team (Sacramento) six foot under with no time left on the clock, it got me to thinking a bit.
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^ After falling apart in the 2008 championship series against the Boston Celtics, the Lakers are back at it, but now for the first time in more than a decade, one of Jackson’s teams has reached that special level.
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[12] .The teams renewed their Finals rivalry in the 1980s, meeting three times (1984, 1985, and 1987).^ However, it was the first time they were matched in the NBA Finals since 1987 when Magic Johnson got the best of Larry Bird in six games.

^ In previous Finals match up with Celtics it was the Lakers who were the underdog, but this time around they were heavy favorites facing a banged up Celtics team.

[12] The 1984 series was hyped by the media as Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson.[93] .Their most recent meeting in the finals was in 2008, where the Celtics defeated the Lakers in six games to clinch their seventeenth title.^ Celtics have gone to 6 finals and won 4 titles.

^ Yes the Lakers are the most talented OFFENSIVE team right now, but the Celtics are improved Offensively and the best Defensively.
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^ Jerry West saw this scenario developing months ago, after Bryant played for Team USA in the Olympic Games last summer, after having carried the Lakers through the long march to the 2008 Finals.
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[94]

Fanbase

.Given the team's proximity to Hollywood, the large Lakers fanbase includes many celebrities, most of whom can regularly be seen at the Staples Center during home games.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Most of the tours also venture into nearby neighbourhoods, particularly Beverly Hills, the area where many stars make their homes and have for decades.
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^ There are many alternative forms of transportation to STAPLES Center events, including Metro Rail and Metro buses which frequently stop near STAPLES Center.
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.Jack Nicholson, for example, has held season tickets since the 1970s, and directors reportedly need to work their shooting schedules around Lakers home games.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Getting awesome deals on Los Angeles Lakers tickets or any other game tickets has never been easier.

^ After the Celtics won Game 6 in Boston the Lakers were confident with the 7th game at home, in a series in which the home team won every game.

[95] Red Hot Chili Peppers featured a song about former point guard Magic Johnson in their 1989 album Mother's Milk. Rapper Lil Wayne wrote a song entitled "Kobe Bryant." From 2002 and 2007 the team averaged just over 18,900 fans, which was still in the top ten in the NBA. The team sold out every home game during the 2007–08 season.[96]

Name, logo and uniforms

Los Angeles Lakers Wordmark
.The Laker nickname came from the state of Minnesota being the Land of 10,000 Lakes.^ New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers Flying to New York State Fri 22nd Jan 10 New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers 2585 2010-01-21 3 New York State .
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^ Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Flying to Los Angeles Fri 19th Mar 10 Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 2470 2010-03-18 3 Los Angeles .
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^ Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Flying to Los Angeles Tue 16th Feb 10 Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors 2464 2010-02-15 2 Los Angeles .
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[3] .The team's colors are purple, gold and white.^ It is time for magic, it is time for greatness and those two immutable essences wear number 24 and is colored purple and gold.
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[97] .The Lakers logo consists of the team name, "Los Angeles Lakers" written in purple on top of a gold basketball.^ Los Angeles lakers .
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^ The balance has shifted for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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^ Los Angeles Lakers Stuff on eBay .
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Purple uniforms are used for road games and gold uniforms are used for home games. .The team also wears white jerseys for Sunday and holiday home games.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Kobe sure likes playing at home against New Jersey as he has averaged 32 points per game the last three times.
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Season-by-season records

.Since the Lakers were established in 1948, the team has only missed the NBA playoffs five times.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ The Lakers would get healthy just in time for the playoffs as Chamberlain and Baylor both returned from knee injuries.

^ With the new Coach Del Harris the Lakers were one of the most improved teams in the NBA as Nick Van Exel emerged as one of the best point guards in the NBA. The Lakers would finish the season in 3rd place earning a trip to the playoffs.

.The team has 15 NBA titles and has appeared in the NBA Finals 15 other times.^ For any other team the fourth best record in the NBA would be considered a good start .
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^ The NBA Finals would end up being a rematch with the Boston Celtics, this time it would take the Celtics only 6 games to win their 5th straight NBA Championship.

^ Since immediate help will most likely not be forth coming, this team, like its previous 3peat iteration, will need to find the way to overcome this flaw and triumph come NBA playoffs and finals time.
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[5] .These appearances include eight NBA Finals appearances in the 80s.^ That was first the central drama of Jordan’s career, just as it’s now the central drama of Bryant’s career — and the central issue of these NBA Finals.
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.The best record posted by the team was 69–13, in 1972; the worst record was 19–53, in 1957–58.^ For any other team the fourth best record in the NBA would be considered a good start .
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^ Sacramento set a team record with 58 foul shots, but missed 15 of them.
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^ The Lakers would go to finish with a then NBA all-time best record of 69-13.

[5]
.The Lakers are one of only 3 teams to have never lost 60 games in a season.^ But for the thousands of fans who bought Lakers tickets during the '07-'08 season, know that there is a bright future for their hometown team this season.
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^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Yes, Jim Buss was one of the voices in Lakers’ management that pushed for the drafting of center Andrew Bynum , but Jim has also played a role in the alienation of Bynum from Jackson and the team.
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.The other teams are the New York Knicks and the New Orleans/Utah Jazz.^ New York Knicks .
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^ New York Knicks - NBA Basketball .
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^ New York Knicks (15-21) [last week #25 (13-20)] .
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Franchise and NBA records

Home arenas

Staples Center, current home of the Los Angeles Lakers.
.The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, located at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles.^ Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston C...
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^ Los Angeles Lakers Posters .
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^ Los Angeles Lakers (23-11) [last week #6 (20-11)] .
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.The Staples Center opened in 1999 and seats up to 18,997 for Laker Games.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Fox Sports Sky Box , Staples Center, 1111 S.Figueroa St. Big screen TVs throughout this ultimate sports bar give a front seat view for those who aren't in the actual front seat for the game nearby.
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^ Vote Up Vote Down Los Angeles Lakers 2001-2002 NBA Championship / Los Angeles Lakers 1999-2000 NBA Champions (2 pack) .
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[99] .The Staples Center is also home to fellow NBA team Los Angeles Clippers, their sister team of the Women's National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Sparks, the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings and the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers.^ Los Angeles Clippers (15-19) [last week #17 (14-16)] .
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^ NBA - National Basketball Association .
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^ We sell tickets for a wide range of events, from Los Angeles Kings tickets for hockey fans to Tony Bennett tickets for music buffs.
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[99] The arena is owned and operated by AEG and L.A. Arena Company.[99] .Before moving to Staples Center, the Lakers played their home games at The Forum in Inglewood, California for 31 years.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Yes, Jim Buss was one of the voices in Lakers’ management that pushed for the drafting of center Andrew Bynum , but Jim has also played a role in the alienation of Bynum from Jackson and the team.
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^ The Lakers had not played the night before and were rested and ready to go.
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[52] .The team played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in their first seven years in Los Angeles.^ We provide Los Angeles event info for happenings in the area including games at Dodger Stadium , Kings hockey games at the Staples Center , Lakers home games and Clippers games .

^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ Olympics Player Search: play index blog players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Teams > Los Angeles Lakers > Draft Register .

[100] While the team played in Minneapolis, the team played their home games at the Minneapolis Auditorium, from 1947 to 1960.

Players

Current roster

Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G/F 37 United States Artest, Ron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) St. John's
G 12 United States Brown, Shannon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Michigan State
G 24 United States Bryant, Kobe (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Lower Merion HS (PA)*
C 17 United States Bynum, Andrew 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 285 lb (129 kg) St. Joseph HS (NJ)*
G 1 United States Farmar, Jordan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) UCLA
G 2 United States Fisher, Derek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Arkansas-Little Rock
F/C 16 Spain Gasol, Pau 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Spain
C 28 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mbenga, D.J. 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) DR Congo
F 6 United States Morrison, Adam 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Gonzaga
F 7 United States Odom, Lamar 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Rhode Island
F/C 21 United States Powell, Josh 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) North Carolina State
G 18 Slovenia Vujačić, Sasha 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Slovenia
F 4 United States Walton, Luke Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2009-10-26

Hall of Famers

Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley coached the Lakers from 1981–1990.
.The Lakers have have 20 Hall of Famers (15 players, four head coaches, and one broadcaster) who contributed to the organization.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ The Lakers coach is also without top assistant Kurt Rambis , now the head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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^ Odom got one such reminder recently when the Lakers visited Chicago, where Jackson and Winter coached the Bulls to six NBA championships.
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.The Hall of Fame players include (in alphabetical order): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Connie Hawkins, Magic Johnson, Clyde Lovellette, Slater Martin, Bob McAdoo, George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen, Jim Pollard, James Worthy and Jerry West.^ Assistant coaches simply aren’t elected to the Hall of Fame, as longtime Celtics player, coach and broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn , himself a Hall of Fame player, explained.
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^ I loved Chick, I loved Jerry West, loved Magic.

^ West raised hackles and eyebrows recently when he announced that LeBron James had supplanted Bryant as the best player in the NBA. .
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.Chick Hearn was the Lakers broadcaster for 42 seasons until he died in 2002. John Kundla coached the Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1940s and 1950s.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Odom got one such reminder recently when the Lakers visited Chicago, where Jackson and Winter coached the Bulls to six NBA championships.
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^ Lakers coach Phil Jackson was oh so aware of this situation as the season began.
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.Bill Sharman coached the Lakers to their first Los Angeles title in 1972. Pat Riley and Phil Jackson each coached the Lakers to four NBA titles in the 1980s and the 2000s respectively.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ The balance has shifted for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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^ First, the NBA of the new century is not the NBA of the 1980s.
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[101]

NBA Draft

.The Lakers have had three first overall picks in their history: Elgin Baylor (selected in 1958), Magic Johnson (selected in 1979) and James Worthy (selected in 1982).^ I’ll just say this- my first real experiences with the Lakers were when Magic Johnson returned from his retirement.

^ Four Lakers (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player award.
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[102] .The Lakers have also had three Lottery picks in their history: George Lynch (selected twelfth overall in 1993), Eddie Jones (selected tenth overall in 1994) and Andrew Bynum (selected tenth overall in 2005).^ The Lakers' puzzle: How to get consistency from Andrew Bynum .
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^ Yes, Jim Buss was one of the voices in Lakers’ management that pushed for the drafting of center Andrew Bynum , but Jim has also played a role in the alienation of Bynum from Jackson and the team.
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^ In those days the Lakers suited up Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel and Vlade Divac.

[102] .Other draft picks include Jerry West, Gail Goodrich in the 1960s, Michael Cooper, Norm Nixon in the 1970s, A. C. Green and Vlade Divac in the 1980s, Elden Campbell, Nick Van Exel, Derek Fisher, and Devean George in the 1990s, and Luke Walton, Saša Vujačić, and Ronny Turiaf in the 2000s.^ Look at the players we have to use for ballast: Derek Fisher, Sasha, Jordan, Powell, Morrison, Mbenga and Walton.
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^ In those days the Lakers suited up Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel and Vlade Divac.

[102]

Head coaches

Phil Jackson has been Lakers' head coach since the 2005–06 NBA season.
.There have been 21 head coaches for the Lakers franchise.^ The Lakers coach is also without top assistant Kurt Rambis , now the head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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^ He mentioned the state of the franchise, the success of the team, his salary, his feelings – all as factors in whether he returns next year as coach of the Lakers.
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^ He has teamed with Lakers head coach Phil Jackson over the past two decades to dominate as pro basketball’s odd couple.
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.The franchise won their first five NBA championships, from 1949 to 1954, all while coached by John Kundla.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ This season also marked a 20-year milestone in the NBA: the first time in 2 decades a team has won a title after losing in the finals the year before (Pistons ‘89, yuck).

^ In 1989 we won back to back championships, the first time anyone had done that in 20 years.

[11] .Pat Riley was the franchise's all-time leader in both regular season and playoff games coached and wins.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ For Kobe to do this, he all but gave away anyother chance we may have had to mount a comeback and win this game.
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^ I did everything I could do,” Krause said, adding that the politics of selection has made Winter’s recognition as one of the game’s all-time great coaches an impossibility.
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[103] .Though the regular season record was broken by Phil Jackson in 2009, Riley still holds the playoff wins and games coached record.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season.
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^ Record: LA still undefeated when I attend their games.

.Riley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.[103] John Kundla, Bill Sharman, and Phil Jackson have also all been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ October 3, 2008 @ 7:17 am · Filed under Lamar Odom , Los Angeles Lakers , Phil Jackson .
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^ Just maybe, though, as Bill Wennington would allege, this is what Jackson wanted all along.
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.George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Jerry West, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, and Kurt Rambis have all played and head coached for the Lakers.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Yes, Jim Buss was one of the voices in Lakers’ management that pushed for the drafting of center Andrew Bynum , but Jim has also played a role in the alienation of Bynum from Jackson and the team.
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^ Jerry West saw this scenario developing months ago, after Bryant played for Team USA in the Olympic Games last summer, after having carried the Lakers through the long march to the 2008 Finals.
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.Jackson, in his second term, has been head coach of the Lakers since the 2005–06 season.^ Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team.
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^ Finally, Krause grew fed up, fired Collins and hired Jackson as his head coach.
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^ The Lakers coach is also without top assistant Kurt Rambis , now the head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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[104]

Media

.Chick Hearn was the team's broadcaster for 41 years until his death in 2002. Hearn broadcasted 3,338 consecutive games between November 21, 1965 and December 16, 2001.[105] Paul Sunderland, who had filled in for a couple of games while Hearn recuperated in 2001–02, was named the permanent play-by-play announcer.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ He’s done a good job all year of gauging things when our team comes out in a game and we’re a little sluggish.
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^ As the Lakers two best players did so little, they were backed by a team that seemed disinterested in playing defense or matching the intensity that Cleveland brought to the game.
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Stu Lantz was retained as the color commentator.[106] Sunderland's contract expired in the summer of 2005, and the team chose not to renew it.[107] Joel Meyers moved in alongside Lantz as the TV announcer, while Spero Dedes and former Laker player Mychal Thompson on the radio. Those remain the current teams for television and radio.[108]
.As of the 2009–10 season, Lakers radio broadcasts are heard on KSPN (Los Angeles ESPN Radio affiliate) in English and KWKW in Spanish.^ The balance has shifted for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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^ Los Angeles Lakers Stuff on eBay .
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^ Los Angeles Lakers win the 2009 World Championship (Volume 1) .
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[108][109] .KLAC had the team's radio broadcast rights from the 1976–77 season until the 2008–09 season.^ NBA Basketball 2008-09 Season This coming 2008-2009 NBA Season is going to be one to watch!
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[109][110] .Telecasts are split between KCAL-TV (road games) and Fox Sports Net West (home games), unless they are chosen for national broadcasts on ABC.^ Fox Sports Sky Box , Staples Center, 1111 S.Figueroa St. Big screen TVs throughout this ultimate sports bar give a front seat view for those who aren't in the actual front seat for the game nearby.
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^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ But the other day, I got to thinking: What will a light that burns so bright in his sport, who is so totally consumed by the game he plays, do when he has to leave and the last TV light is turned off for his last game?
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[111] .KCAL has been the Lakers' over-the-air television broadcaster since 1977, dating back to when the station was the RKO General-owned KHJ-TV, which is longer than any other station currently airing NBA games.^ The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. .
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^ For those of you like me who watch their Lakers on Direct TVs season pass, we are afforded the opportunity to hear the announcers of other teams occasionally call Laker games.
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^ LA Lakers vs Orlando Magic Results and Live Stream Are you watching La Lakers vs Orlando Magic NBA game online?
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Prior to KHJ, Laker games were televised on KTLA. The team games are broadcasted in High Definition on FSN West HD, and on KCAL HD.[112][113]

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