63 Facts About Lakers

1. The Lakers were pushed by Hart, who played the entire second half and was a defensive menace to create fast-break opportunities.

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2. The Lakers should strive to shift his role to more attacking basketball.

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3. The Lakers are asking a lot from players such as Tyson Chandler and Lance Stephenson, who come off the bench and can have a stabilizing effect.

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4. The Lakers played the Minnesota Timberwolves in London in 2010.

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5. The Lakers are playing without Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma (lower back contusion).

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6. The Lakers have little time to rest as they head straight to Texas for a Monday matchup with the Dallas Mavericks.

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7. The Lakers missed their first eight shots from the floor, until Beasley's baseline reverse layup.

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8. The Lakers have split two games against Minnesota this season, with the home team winning each time by four points.

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9. Lonzo Ball lamented how the Lakers kept losing the same way.

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10. The Lakers are struggling for offensive cohesiveness without James, as might be expected, but Caldwell-Pope and Lonzo Ball hit three 3-pointers apiece in the first half to keep it close.

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11. The Lakers scored just three points after a JaVale McGee layup with four minutes left.

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12. Los Angeles Lakers announced superstar forward LeBron James is expected to miss at least four more games while recovering from a groin injury.

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13. The Lakers listed him as questionable to face the Knicks because of a lower back contusion.

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14. Kobe Bryant says LeBron James and the Lakers will square things away soon enough.

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15. Magic Johnson reiterated the Lakers will continue to lighten LeBron James' load compared to how he was utilized in Cleveland.

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16. Josh Hart has re-entered the Lakers starting lineup in James' absence and should continue to get a majority of the run with the first unit until James returns.

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17. The Lakers continued the discouraging trend of failing to convert at the free throw line: They made just 12 of their 20 attempts.

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18. The Lakers had lost their two previous games without him, including on a heart-breaking buzzer-beating three on Thursday night in Sacramento.

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19. The Lakers had lost the first two games after LeBron James and Rajon Rondo (finger) went down with injuries.

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20. The Lakers were fatigued against the younger Thunder, since Games 3 and 4 came on a very rare playoff back-to-back, due to the condensed schedule forced by the lockout.

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21. The Lakers defeated the Suns that night but lost Karl Malone to a sprained right knee, an injury that would keep him out of the next 39 games.

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22. The Lakers lost the Western Conference Semifinals in six games as the San Antonio Spurs advanced and went on to claim their second NBA title.

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23. The Lakers responded on the court with a nine-game winning streak.

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24. The Lakers won the Pacific Division for the ninth consecutive season.

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25. The Lakers struggled against both the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks before winning each series in seven games.

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26. The Lakers had power forward Kurt Rambis, a bespectacled, blue-collar fan favorite who had joined the team in 1981.

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27. The Lakers garnered their share of NBA records that year anyway.

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28. The Lakers lost Magic Johnson for much of the season to a knee injury.

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29. The Lakers were talented and deep-Jamaal Wilkes, Jim Chones, and Abdul-Jabbar made for an intimidating front line, and the backcourt of Johnson and Nixon could stand up to any guard tandem in the country.

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30. Along the way, the Lakers shattered the NBA mark of 20 consecutive victories set by the Milwaukee Bucks just one season before.

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31. The Lakers had Wilt Chamberlain back and healthy, but Elgin Baylor played in only two games because of ongoing knee problems.

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32. The Lakers dispatched the Chicago Bulls in the division semifinals, then breezed by San Francisco in the division finals.

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33. The Lakers won Game 3 in Los Angeles, thanks to a last-second steal and a layup by Jerry West.

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34. The Lakers won Game 1, but the Royals came back with three straight victories to take the best-of-five series.

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35. On July 9, 2018, the Lakers signed LeBron James to a 4-year, $154 million contract.

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36. The Lakers drafted Jordan Clarkson with the 46th pick of the draft and agreed terms for a two-year deal.

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37. The Lakers won the rights to the seventh pick of the 2014 NBA draft with which they selected Julius Randle, a freshman power forward from the University of Kentucky.

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38. On July 3, 2009, the Lakers signed Houston Rockets forward Ron Artest to a five-year contract to replace Lakers forward Trevor Ariza who signed with the Rockets.

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39. The Lakers lost the first game of the NBA Finals to Philadelphia, but that only proved to be a temporary blip, as they swept the next four games to claim their second consecutive championship.

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40. The Lakers defeated Portland three games to one in the first-round of the play-offs.

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41. The Lakers gained their first ever Finals victory over the Celtics, and they were the only visiting team to ever do this in Boston Garden.

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42. The Lakers won the coin toss and selected Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who had just led Michigan State University to the NCAA championship, and was along with Indiana State University forward Larry Bird one of the top prospects in the 1979 draft.

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43. The Lakers were able to pull together and make the NBA Finals, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion to a now-dominant Celtics team.

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44. The Lakers are covering for the loss of LeBron James by committee and it was Caldwell-Popes turn in this one.

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45. 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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46. On July 9, 2018, the Lakers signed LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million contract.

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

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

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

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52. The Lakers went on to miss the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005, for just the second time in the last two decades and for just the sixth time in franchise history.

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53. 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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54. 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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55. On November 12, 2012, the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach.

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56. The Lakers went on to win game seven in overtime, with the Kings missing numerous potentially game-saving shots and free throws.

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57. 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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58. The Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals by sweeping the Nuggets, defeating the Warriors in five games, and sweeping the SuperSonics in the Western Conference Finals.

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59. 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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60. 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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61. 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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62. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

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

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