34 Facts About Lakers

1. Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

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2. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division.

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3. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 17 NBA championships, tied with the Boston Celtics for the most in NBA history.

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4. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman.

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5. Second, the Lakers drafted Magic Johnson first overall in the 1979 NBA draft.

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6. The Lakers were defeated by their Boston archrivals in the 1984 Finals, but triumphed over the Celtics in 1985 and 1987.

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7. Jackson retired from coaching in 2011, and after a string of tumultuous playoff exits, the Lakers endured their longest playoff drought in franchise history.

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8. The Lakers—led by James, Davis, and head coach Frank Vogel—won the team's 17th championship in 2020, tying the Celtics for the most titles in NBA history.

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9. In 1948, the Lakers moved from the NBL to the Basketball Association of America, and Mikan's 28.3 point per game (ppg) scoring average set a BAA record.

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10. Lakers earned the top pick in the 1958 NBA draft and used it to select Elgin Baylor.

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11. Lakers introduced the concept of the shootaround, where players would arrive at the arena early in the morning before a game to practice shots.

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12. The Lakers went on to reach the finals against the New York Knicks where they would avenge their 1970 finals loss by defeating them 4 games to 1.

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13. Lakers was traded for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman, and Dave Meyers.

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14. The Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals.

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15. The Lakers defeated Boston in the first two games of the Finals, and the teams split the next four games, giving Los Angeles their second championship in three seasons.

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16. Hampered by injuries to Byron Scott and Johnson, the Lakers were swept by Detroit.

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17. The 1991 Finals represented a changing of the guard as the Lakers were defeated in five games by the Chicago Bulls, led by superstar Michael Jordan.

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18. Lakers brought along assistant Tex Winter and they installed Winter's version of the triangle offense.

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19. On November 12, 2012, the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach.

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20. The Lakers clinched a playoff berth on the final game of the season and finished seventh in the Western Conference after beating the Houston Rockets on April 16, 2013.

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21. The Lakers battled injuries all season, the most prominent of which is the Achilles tendon rupture to Kobe Bryant that ended his season after 78 games.

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22. The Lakers began their season losing 10 of their first 16 games.

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23. The Lakers earned the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and selected Brandon Ingram from Duke University.

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24. On February 21, 2017, the Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak, while Magic Johnson was named as the president of basketball operations.

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25. On March 7, 2017, the Lakers hired Rob Pelinka as the general manager, signing him to a five-year deal.

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26. The Lakers acquired Kyle Kuzma from the University of Utah with the 27th overall pick from a draft-day trade, along with Brook Lopez in exchange for D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.

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27. The Lakers traded their 28th overall pick, Tony Bradley, in exchange for the 30th overall pick, Josh Hart, from Villanova University and the 42nd overall pick, Thomas Bryant, from Indiana University.

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28. The Lakers received the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft lottery.

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29. On July 6, the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for Ball, Ingram, Hart, and three first-round picks, including the number four overall in the 2019 draft.

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30. Rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Lakers involves the two most storied basketball franchises in National Basketball Association history.

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31. San Antonio Spurs and the Lakers, developed what some would classify as a rivalry in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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32. Additionally, the teams combined to win five NBA championships from 1999 to 2003; the Spurs won the NBA championship in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 while the Lakers won the championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

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33. Lakers's controlling ownership of the team passed to his six children via a trust, with each child receiving an equal vote.

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34. Lakers was a part of the team's "inner sanctum" when Cooke was owner, and was consulted on basketball decisions.

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