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The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_3

The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_4

The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_5

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_6

The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_7

The new team began playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_8

Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_9

After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan's retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_10

Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost every series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_11

In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_12

After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team traded for superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who won multiple MVP awards with the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_13

While the team was unable to advance to the Finals in the late 1970s, two momentous changes came in 1979 that would inaugurate a new golden era for the franchise. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_14

First, Dr. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_15 Jerry Buss purchased the Lakers, and as the team's owner, pioneered a vision of basketball games as entertainment spectacles as well as sporting events. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_16

Second, the Lakers drafted Magic Johnson first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_17

The combination of Johnson, a passing prodigy, and Abdul-Jabbar provided the Lakers with two superstars to anchor their roster. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_18

The additions of head coach Pat Riley in 1981, and James Worthy through the 1982 NBA Draft, established the Lakers as an NBA powerhouse in the 1980s. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_19

The team was nicknamed the "Showtime Lakers" due to its fast break, transition offense facilitated by Johnson. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_20

The team won five championships in a nine-year span, including several marquee Finals matchups against its archrival, the Celtics. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_21

After Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, and Worthy retired, the team struggled in the 1990s until it drafted Kobe Bryant and signed Shaquille O'Neal in 1996. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_22

The superstar duo, along with Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, led the Lakers to three consecutive championships between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise's second "three-peat." Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_23

After the team lost in the 2004 NBA Finals, the "Shaq-and-Kobe" era ended when the Lakers traded away O'Neal. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_24

It was not until the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol that Bryant and Jackson returned to the NBA Finals, winning two more titles in 2009 and 2010. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_25

The team failed to regain its former glory during the rest of the decade, and Bryant retired in 2016. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_26

In 2020, the Lakers—led by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and coach Frank Vogel—secured their 17th championship, tying the Celtics for the most titles in NBA history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_27

The Lakers hold the record for NBA's longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_28

Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_29

Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O'Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_30

Team history Los Angeles Lakers_section_0

Main article: History of the Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_31

1947–1958: Beginnings and Minneapolis dynasty Los Angeles Lakers_section_1

The Lakers' franchise began in 1947 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen of Minnesota purchased the recently disbanded Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL) for $15,000 from Gems owner Maury Winston. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_32

Minneapolis sportswriter Sid Hartman played a key behind the scenes role in helping put together the deal and later the team. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_33

Inspired by Minnesota's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the team christened themselves the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_34

Hartman helped them hire John Kundla from College of St. Thomas, to be their first head coach, by meeting with him and selling him on the team. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_35

The Lakers had a solid roster, which featured forward Jim Pollard, playmaker Herm Schaefer, and center George Mikan, who became the most dominant player in the NBL. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_36

In their first season, they led the league with a 43–17 record, later winning the NBL Championship that season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_37

In 1948, the Lakers moved from the NBL to the Basketball Association of America (BAA), and Mikan's 28.3 point per game (ppg) scoring average set a BAA record. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_38

In the 1949 BAA Finals they won the championship, beating the Washington Capitols four games to two. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_39

The following season, the team improved to 51–17, repeating as champions. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_40

In the 1950–51 season, Mikan won his third straight scoring title at 28.4 ppg and the Lakers went 44–24 to win their second straight division title. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_41

One of those games, a 19–18 loss against the Fort Wayne Pistons, became infamous as the lowest scoring game in NBA history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_42

In the playoffs, they defeated the Indianapolis Olympians in three games but lost to the Rochester Royals in the next round. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_43

During the 1951–52 season, the Lakers won 40 games, finishing second in their division. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_44

They faced the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, which they won in seven games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_45

In the 1952–53 season, Mikan led the NBA in rebounding, averaging 14.4 rebounds per game (rpg), and was named MVP of the 1953 NBA All-Star Game. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_46

After a 48–22 regular season, the Lakers defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in the Western playoffs to advance to the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_47

They then defeated the New York Knicks to win their second straight championship. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_48

Though Lakers star George Mikan suffered from knee problems throughout the 1953–54 season, he was still able to average 18 ppg. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_49

Clyde Lovellette, who was drafted in 1952, helped the team win the Western Division. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_50

The team won its third straight championship in the 1950s and fifth in six seasons when it defeated the Syracuse Nationals in seven games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_51

Following Mikan's retirement in the 1954 off-season, the Lakers struggled but still managed to win 40 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_52

Although they defeated the Rochester Royals in the first round of the playoffs, they were defeated by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the semifinals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_53

Although they had losing records the next two seasons, they made the playoffs each year. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_54

Mikan came back for the last half of the 1955–56 season, but struggled and retired for good after the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_55

Led by Lovellette's 20.6 points and 13.5 rebounds, they advanced to the Conference Finals in 1956–57. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_56

The Lakers had one of the worst seasons in team history in 1957–58 when they won a league-low 19 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_57

They had hired Mikan, who had been the team's general manager for the previous two seasons, as head coach to replace Kundla. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_58

Mikan was fired in January when the team was 9–30, and Kundla was rehired. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_59

The Lakers earned the top pick in the 1958 NBA draft and used it to select Elgin Baylor. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_60

Baylor, who was named NBA Rookie of the Year and co-MVP of the 1959 NBA All-Star Game, averaged 24.9 ppg and 15.0 rpg helping the Lakers improve to second in their division despite a 33–39 record. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_61

After upsetting the Hawks in six games in the division finals, they returned to the NBA Finals, but were swept by the Celtics, beginning their long rivalry. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_62

1958–1968: Move to Los Angeles and Celtics rivalry Los Angeles Lakers_section_2

In their last year in Minneapolis, the Lakers went 25–50. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_63

On January 18, 1960, the team was coming off a loss and traveling to St. Louis when their plane crash-landed. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_64

Snow storms had driven the pilot 150 miles off course when he was forced to land in a cornfield. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_65

No one was hurt. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_66

Their record earned them the number two pick in the 1960 NBA draft. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_67

The team selected Jerry West from West Virginia University. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_68

During the 1960 off-season, the Lakers became the NBA's first West Coast team when owner Bob Short decided to move the team to Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_69

Led by Baylor's 34.8 ppg and 19.8 rpg, Los Angeles won 11 more than the year before in West's first season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_70

On November 15 that season, Baylor set a new NBA scoring record when he scored 71 points in a victory against the New York Knicks while grabbing 25 rebounds. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_71

In doing so, Baylor broke his own NBA record of 64 points. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_72

Despite a losing record, the Lakers made the playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_73

They came within two points of the NBA Finals when they lost in game seven of their second round series against St. Louis. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_74

Led by Baylor and West at 38.3 and 30.8 ppg respectively, the Lakers improved to 54–26 in 1961–62, and made the finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_75

In a game five victory, Baylor grabbed 22 rebounds and set the still-standing NBA record for points in a finals game with 61, despite fouling out of the game. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_76

The Lakers, however, lost to the Celtics by three points in overtime of game seven. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_77

Frank Selvy, after making two jumpers in the final 40 seconds to tie the game, missed a potential game-winning 18 foot jump shot in regulation, a miss which he said in June 2010 still haunted him more than 40 years later. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_78

Los Angeles won 53 games in 1962–63, behind Baylor's 34.0 ppg and West's 27.1 ppg but lost in the NBA Finals in six games to the Celtics. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_79

After falling to 42–38 and losing in the first round of the 1964 NBA Playoffs to the Hawks, the team won 49 games in 1964–65. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_80

The Lakers surged past the Baltimore Bullets in the division finals, behind West's record-setting 46.3 ppg in the series. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_81

They lost again to Celtics in the Finals however, this time in five games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_82

Los Angeles lost in the finals to Boston in seven games again in 1966, this time by two points. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_83

Down by 16 entering the fourth quarter, and 10 with a minute and a half to go, the Lakers mounted a furious rally in the closing moments, which fell just short. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_84

After dropping to 36 wins and losing in the first round of the 1967 NBA Playoffs, they lost in the finals to the Celtics again in 1968. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_85

Los Angeles moved to a brand-new arena, The Forum, in 1967, after playing seven seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_86

1968–1973: Wilt arrives Los Angeles Lakers_section_3

On July 9, 1968, the team acquired Wilt Chamberlain from the Philadelphia 76ers for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, and Jerry Chambers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_87

In his first season as a Laker, Chamberlain set a team record by averaging a league-leading 21.1 rpg. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_88

West, Baylor, and Chamberlain each averaged over 20 points, and Los Angeles won their division. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_89

The Lakers and Celtics again met in the finals, and Los Angeles had home court advantage against Boston for the first time in their rivalry. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_90

They won the first game behind Jerry West's 53 points, and had a 3–2 lead after five. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_91

Boston won the series in seven games however, and earned their 11th NBA Championship in 13 seasons. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_92

West was named the first-ever Finals MVP; this remains the only time that a member of the losing team has won the award. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_93

In 1970, West won his first scoring title at 31.2 ppg, the team returned to the finals, and for the first time in 16 years, they did not have to face the Celtics; instead playing the New York Knicks, who defeated them 4–3. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_94

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_95

The 1971–72 season brought several changes. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_96

Owner Jack Kent Cooke brought in Bill Sharman as head coach, and Elgin Baylor announced his retirement early in the season after realizing that his legs were not healthy enough. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_97

Sharman increased the team's discipline. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_98

He introduced the concept of the shootaround, where players would arrive at the arena early in the morning before a game to practice shots. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_99

They won 14 straight games in November and all 16 games played in December. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_100

They won three straight to open the year of 1972 but on January 9, the Milwaukee Bucks ended their winning streak by defeating the Lakers, 120–104. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_101

By winning 33 straight games, Los Angeles set a record for longest winning streak of any team in American professional sports. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_102

The Lakers won 69 games that season, which stood as the NBA record for 24 years until the Chicago Bulls won 72 games in 1995–96. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_103

Chamberlain averaged a low 14.8 points but led the league in rebounding at 19.2 a game. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_104

West's 9.7 assists per game (apg) led the league, he also averaged more than 25 points, and was named MVP of the 1972 NBA All-Star Game. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_105

The team failed to score 100 points just once all year, and at the end of the season, Bill Sharman was named Coach of the Year. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_106

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_107

Chamberlain tallied 24 points and 29 rebounds in game five and won the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_108

The Lakers won 60 games in the 1972–73 NBA season, and took another Pacific Division title. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_109

Wilt Chamberlain, playing in his final season, again led the league in rebounding and set the still standing NBA record for field-goal percentage at 72.7%. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_110

The team defeated the Chicago Bulls in seven games in the conference semifinals, then the Golden State Warriors in five in the Western Division Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_111

They played the New York Knicks in the 1973 NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_112

Los Angeles took the first game by three points, but New York won the series in five games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_113

1973–1979: Building "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers_section_4

During the 1973–74 season, the team was hampered by the loss of West, who played only 31 games before his legs gave out. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_114

Goodrich, averaging 25.3 points, helped the team to a late-season surge. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_115

Trailing the Golden State Warriors by three games with seven left to play, the Lakers rallied to finish 47–35 and win the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_116

They made the playoffs but managed just one win against Milwaukee in the conference semifinals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_117

Following the season, West retired due to contract disagreements with Cooke, and filed a suit for unpaid back wages. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_118

After missing the playoffs in the 1974–75 season, the Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had won three league MVP's by that time. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_119

Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee, demanding a trade to either New York or Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_120

He was traded for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman, and Dave Meyers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_121

Abdul-Jabbar had his fourth MVP season in 1975–76, leading the league in rebounding, blocked shots, and minutes played. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_122

The Lakers struggled in January, going 3–10, and finished out of the playoffs at 40–42. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_123

West and Cooke settled their differences—and the former Laker's lawsuit—and Cooke hired him to replace Sharman as the team's coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_124

West became upset, however, when Cooke refused to spend the money necessary to acquire forward Julius Erving, who the Nets were selling. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_125

Behind another MVP season from Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles won the Pacific Division, finishing the 1976–77 season a league-best 53–29. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_126

They defeated the Warriors in a seven-game series to open the postseason before being swept by Portland in the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_127

During the off-season, Los Angeles picked up Jamaal Wilkes from Golden State and signed first-round draft pick Norm Nixon. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_128

In the first two minutes of the first game of the 1977–78 season, Abdul-Jabbar punched Bucks center Kent Benson for an overly aggressive elbow and broke his hand. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_129

Two months later, a healthy Abdul-Jabbar got into an altercation with Houston Rockets center Kevin Kunnert after a rebound. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_130

The team's starting power forward, Kermit Washington, who was averaging 11.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, entered the fight, and when Rudy Tomjanovich ran in from the bench to break up the action, Washington punched him in the face. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_131

Tomjanovich nearly died from the punch, suffering a fractured skull and other facial injuries, which prematurely ended his playing career. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_132

Washington, who stated that he assumed Tomjanovich was a combatant, was suspended for two months by the NBA, and released by the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_133

The team won 45 games despite being down a starter in Washington and not having Abdul-Jabbar for nearly two months, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to Seattle. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_134

During the 1978–79 season, the team posted a 47–35 record but lost to the SuperSonics in the semifinal round of the playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_135

1979–1991: "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers_section_5

In the 1979 NBA draft, Los Angeles selected 6-foot, 9-inch point guard Magic Johnson from Michigan State with the first overall pick. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_136

It took Johnson's teammates time to acclimate themselves to his passing ability, as his "no-look" passes often caught them unaware. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_137

Once they adjusted, his passing became a key part of Los Angeles' offense. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_138

The Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_139

Johnson won the Finals MVP award, after starting at center for the injured Abdul-Jabbar in game six, and tallying 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_140

The team fell off in the 1980–81 season, though, as the Lakers lost Johnson for most of the season to a knee injury. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_141

The team turned in a 54–28 record and finished second behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_142

The Rockets, led by Moses Malone, defeated Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_143

Early in the 1981–82 season, Johnson complained to the media about head coach Paul Westhead and demanded a trade. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_144

Westhead was fired shortly after Johnson's criticisms, and although Lakers' owner Jerry Buss stated that Johnson's comments did not factor into the decision, Johnson was vilified by the national media and booed both on the road and at home. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_145

Buss promoted assistant coach Pat Riley to "co-head coach" with Jerry West (although West considered himself Riley's assistant) on November 19 and the team won 17 of its next 20 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_146

Nicknamed "Showtime" due to the team's new Johnson-led fast break-offense, the Lakers won the Pacific Division title and swept both the Suns and Spurs in the 1982 playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_147

Los Angeles stretched its postseason winning streak to nine games by taking the first contest of the NBA Finals from the 76ers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_148

The team won the Finals 4–2 to finish a 12–2 playoff run. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_149

On draft night in 1982, the Lakers had the first overall pick (the result of a trade with Cleveland midway through the 1979–80 season, when the Lakers had sent Don Ford and a 1980 first-round pick to the Cavaliers for Butch Lee and their 1982 selection) and selected James Worthy from North Carolina. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_150

The Lakers won the Pacific Division at 58–24, but Worthy suffered a leg injury in the last week of the season and missed the rest of the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_151

Nevertheless, they advanced to play Philadelphia in the 1983 NBA Finals after defeating Portland and San Antonio. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_152

The Sixers, however, won the series and the championship in four games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_153

After the season West replaced Sharman as the team's GM. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_154

In the 1983–84 season, Los Angeles went 54–28, and played Boston in the Finals for the first time since 1969. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_155

The Lakers won two of the first three games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_156

However, Kevin McHale's hard clothesline foul of Lakers forward Kurt Rambis on a fast break is credited as a turning point of the series. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_157

Boston won three of the next four to win the title and send Los Angeles's record to 0–8 in Finals series against the Celtics. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_158

Using the past year's Finals defeat as motivation, the team won the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year and lost just two games in the Western Conference playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_159

In the NBA Finals, the Celtics were again the Lakers' final hurdle. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_160

Los Angeles lost game one of the NBA Finals by a score of 148–114, in what is remembered as the "Memorial Day Massacre". Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_161

The Lakers, behind 38-year-old Finals MVP Abdul-Jabbar, recovered to defeat the Celtics in six games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_162

The team won the title in the Boston Garden, becoming the only visiting team to ever win an NBA championship there. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_163

In the 1985–86 season, the Lakers started 24–3 and went on to win 62 games and their fifth straight division title. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_164

The Rockets, however, defeated the Lakers in five games in the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_165

Houston won the series when Ralph Sampson hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired in game five at The Forum. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_166

Prior to the 1986–87 season, the Lakers moved A. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_167 C. Green into the starting lineup, and acquired Mychal Thompson from the Spurs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_168

Johnson won his first career MVP Award while leading the Lakers to a 65–17 record, and Michael Cooper was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_169

Before the season, Riley had made the decision to shift the focus of the offense to Johnson over the 40-year-old Abdul-Jabbar. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_170

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_171

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_172

The series was highlighted by Johnson's running "baby hook" shot to win game four at Boston Garden with two seconds remaining. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_173

Johnson was named the NBA Finals MVP, in addition to regular season MVP. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_174

At the Lakers' championship celebration in Los Angeles, coach Riley brashly declared that Los Angeles would repeat as NBA champions, which no team had done since the 1968–69 Boston Celtics. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_175

Looking to make good on Riley's promise in the 1987–88 season, the Lakers took their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title with a 62–20 record. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_176

They swept the Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference Finals before pulling out a tough seven-game series win over the Utah Jazz led by youngsters Karl Malone and John Stockton. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_177

A seven-game Western Conference finals win over the Dallas Mavericks propelled the Lakers to the NBA Finals once again. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_178

In their seventh trip to the Finals in nine years, they met the Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_179

Los Angeles would take the series in seven games, and James Worthy's game seven triple-double earned him a Finals MVP award. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_180

The win marked their fifth title in nine years, but would also mark their last title until 2000. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_181

In the 1988–89 season, Los Angeles won 57 games and their eighth consecutive Pacific Division crown. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_182

They swept the through the playoffs defeating Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_183

In eighth trip to the NBA Finals in 10 years, they once again faced the Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_184

Hampered by injuries to Byron Scott and Johnson, the Lakers were swept by Detroit. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_185

Following the 1989 Finals, on June 28, 1989, after 20 professional seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced his retirement. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_186

The Lakers still cruised through the Pacific Division, winning their ninth consecutive division crown with a 63–19 record. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_187

However, after beating the Rockets in the first round, they lost four games to one in the second round of the playoffs to the Suns. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_188

Riley announced he was stepping down after the season citing burnout, and was replaced by Mike Dunleavy. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_189

Riley's departure received a mixed reaction from the players. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_190

They respected his contributions, but some, such as Worthy and Scott, had grown tired of his intense practices and felt he tried to take too much credit for the team's successes. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_191

Following the season, 1987 Defensive Player of the Year winner Michael Cooper decided to play in Europe and was waived at his request. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_192

The 1990–91 Lakers failed to win the Pacific Division for the first time in 10 years, but still finished with a 58–24 record. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_193

After cruising through the Western Conference playoffs, the Lakers found themselves in the NBA Finals once again, their ninth trip to the Finals in 12 years. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_194

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_195

1991–1996: Post-"Showtime" dry spell Los Angeles Lakers_section_6

On November 7, 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for HIV and would retire immediately. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_196

In their first season without Johnson, the team won 43 games to earn the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_197

The Lakers were defeated in the first round by Portland. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_198

Following the season, head coach Mike Dunleavy was fired. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_199

The Lakers would lose 43 games in 1992–93 under Randy Pfund, their first losing season since 1976. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_200

The Lakers would still make the playoffs, and would become the first eighth seed to win the opening two games on the road against a number one seed when they took a 2–0 lead against Phoenix. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_201

They lost the next two games at home however, then game five in Phoenix in overtime. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_202

During the 1993–94 season, Pfund was fired during the season that would result in the Lakers failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 1976. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_203

Magic Johnson, would coach the final 16 games of the season with former teammate Michael Cooper as his lead assistant. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_204

Johnson decided not to take the job permanently due to what he felt was a lack of commitment from certain players, and Los Angeles ended the season with a 10-game losing streak to finish 33–49. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_205

Under new coach Del Harris, Los Angeles made the playoffs each of the next two seasons, but was eliminated in the second and first rounds respectively. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_206

The team was led by young guards Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_207

Johnson came out of retirement to return as a player in the 1995–96 season to lead the then 24–18 Lakers to a 29–11 finish. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_208

After some run-ins with Van Exel, displeasure with Harris's strategies, and a first round loss to the Rockets, Johnson decided to retire for the final time after the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_209

1996–2016: The Kobe Bryant era Los Angeles Lakers_section_7

1996–2004: O'Neal and Bryant dynasty Los Angeles Lakers_section_8

During the 1996 off-season, the Lakers acquired 17-year-old Kobe Bryant from the Charlotte Hornets for Vlade Divac; Bryant was drafted 13th overall out of Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania in that year's draft, by Charlotte. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_210

Los Angeles also signed free-agent Shaquille O'Neal. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_211

Trading for Bryant was West's idea, and he was influential in the team's signing of the all-star center. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_212

"Jerry West is the reason I came to the Lakers", O'Neal later said. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_213

They used their 24th pick in the 1996 draft to select Derek Fisher. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_214

During the season, the team traded Cedric Ceballos to Phoenix for Robert Horry. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_215

O'Neal led the team to a 56–26 record, their best effort since 1990–91, despite missing 31 games due to a knee injury. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_216

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_217

The Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs as 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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_218

In the next round, the Lakers lost in five games to the Utah Jazz. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_219

In the 1997–98 season, O'Neal and the Lakers had the best start in franchise history, 11–0. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_220

O'Neal would miss 20 games on the season due to an abdominal injury. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_221

Los Angeles battled Seattle for the Pacific Division title most of the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_222

In the final two months, the Lakers won 22 of their final 25 games, finishing 61–21, but still finished second to Seattle in the standings. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_223

The Lakers defeated Portland three games to one in the first round to advance to face Seattle. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_224

Although the Sonics won the first game, the Lakers responded with four straight wins, taking the series, but were swept by the Jazz in the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_225

During the 1998–99 season, All-Star guard Eddie Jones and center Elden Campbell were traded to the Charlotte Hornets. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_226

The team also acquired J. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_227 R. Reid, B. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_228 J. Armstrong, and Glen Rice. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_229

Head coach Del Harris was fired in February after a three-game losing streak and replaced on an interim basis by former Laker Kurt Rambis. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_230

The team finished 31–19 in the strike-shortened season, which was fourth in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_231

The Lakers defeated Houston in the first round of the playoffs, but were swept by San Antonio in the next round. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_232

Game four of the series would be the last game ever played at the Great Western Forum. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_233

Before the 1999–2000 season, West was prepared to hire Rambis as the team's full-time coach before an outcry from fans and members of the organization caused him to seek out a bigger name. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_234

Los Angeles hired former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson, who had coached that team to six championships, and gave him a lucrative $6 million a year contract. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_235

He brought along assistant Tex Winter and they installed Winter's version of the triangle offense. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_236

The Lakers signed veterans Brian Shaw, John Salley, Ron Harper, and A. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_237 C. Green, who was a Laker during the "Showtime" era. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_238

The team also moved to a new arena, the Staples Center. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_239

Led by league MVP O'Neal, the Lakers won 31 of their first 36 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_240

They finished 67–15, the highest win total since they won 65 in the 1986–87 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_241

The eliminated Sacramento and Phoenix in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_242

After the Lakers took a three games to one lead in the Western Conference Finals against Portland, the Trail Blazers won the next two games to force a game seven. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_243

The Lakers, who trailed by 15 points in the fourth quarter, would go on 19–4 run to tie the game and eventually win 89–84 to advance to the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_244

In their first trip to the Finals since 1991, the Lakers defeated Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers four games to two win their first title since 1988. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_245

West retired from his spot in the team's front office after the season after a power struggle between him and Jackson over control of the team's operations. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_246

After the season, starters Rice and Green left the team, and Los Angeles signed Horace Grant. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_247

The following season, the Lakers won 11 fewer regular season games than the prior year, but swept the first three rounds of the playoffs, defeating the Portland, Sacramento, and San Antonio. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_248

They met Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_249

Although the Sixers took game one in overtime, the Lakers won the next four games to win their second straight title. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_250

Their 15–1 postseason record was the best in NBA history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_251

The Lakers won 58 games in 2001–02. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_252

In the playoffs, they swept Portland and defeated San Antonio four games to one to advance to the Western Conference Finals to face Sacramento. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_253

The series would go on to be known as one of the greatest playoff matchups in NBA history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_254

The series extended to all seven games, and ended in a Lakers victory. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_255

In game one, Bryant scored 30 points as the Lakers won, 106–99. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_256

The series would then shift in Sacramento's favor, with the Kings winning the next two games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_257

Facing a deficit in game 4, the Lakers had the ball with under 20 seconds to play. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_258

After misses by both Bryant and O'Neal, Kings center Vlade Divac tapped the ball away from the rim in an attempt to wind down the clock. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_259

It went straight into Robert Horry's hands, who drained a game-winning three with under three seconds to play. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_260

After the Kings won game five on a buzzer beater by Mike Bibby, the Lakers were faced with a must-win game six. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_261

In one of the most controversial playoff games in league history (Tim Donaghy scandal), the Lakers would win by four points. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_262

The Lakers went on to win game seven in overtime, with the Kings missing numerous potentially game-saving shots and free throws. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_263

The Lakers then achieved a three-peat by sweeping Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_264

O'Neal won each of the Finals series' MVP awards, making him the only player besides Michael Jordan to win three consecutive Finals MVPs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_265

The Lakers would attempt a four-peat the following year, but started the 2002–03 season 11–19. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_266

However, they finished the season 39–13 to finish 50–32. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_267

They defeated Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs, but the four-peat attempt ended as they were eliminated by San Antonio in six games in the second round. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_268

During the 2003–04 season, the team was the subject of intense media coverage generated by the teaming of four stars and the sexual-assault case involving Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_269

Before the season, the Lakers signed two-time MVP Karl Malone formerly of the Jazz, and former Seattle Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton to join O'Neal and Bryant. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_270

Three of the "big four", however, struggled with injuries: O'Neal suffered from a strained calf, Malone an injured knee, and Bryant an injured shoulder. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_271

The Lakers started 18–3 and finished 56–26 and won the Pacific Division title, entering the playoffs as the No. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_272

2 seed. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_273

They defeated Houston, San Antonio, and Minnesota to advance to the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_274

In the Finals, they would lose to Detroit in five games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_275

2004–2007: Rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers_section_9

During the 2004 off-season, the team entered a rebuilding phase when O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, Caron Butler, and a first-round draft pick. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_276

Bryant and O'Neal had clashed in the past, and the media credited their feud as one of the motivating factors for the trade. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_277

Jackson did not return as head coach, and wrote a book about the team's 2003–04 season, in which he heavily criticized Bryant and called him "uncoachable". Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_278

The Lakers front office said that the book contained "several inaccuracies". Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_279

The Lakers also traded Rick Fox and Gary Payton to Boston, for Chris Mihm, Marcus Banks, and Chucky Atkins before the 2004–05 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_280

Derek Fisher, frustrated with losing playing time, opted out of his contract and signed with the Warriors. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_281

The team hired Rudy Tomjanovich to replace Jackson. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_282

After sitting out the first half of the 2004–05 season, Malone announced his retirement on February 13, 2005. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_283

Tomjanovich coached the team to a 22–19 record before resigning due to health problems. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_284

Assistant Frank Hamblen was named interim head coach to replace Tomjanovich for the remainder of the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_285

Bryant (ankle) and Odom (shoulder) suffered injuries, and the Lakers finished 34–48, missing the playoffs for only the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 1994. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_286

With the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, the Lakers selected Andrew Bynum, a center from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_287

The team also traded Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to Washington for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_288

Jackson returned to coach the team after Rudy Tomjanovich resigned midway through the previous season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_289

On January 22, 2006, Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto, the second-highest total in NBA history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_290

Ending the season 45–37, the team made the playoffs after a one-season absence. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_291

After taking a three games to one lead in the first round, Phoenix came back to take the series in seven games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_292

In the following season, the Lakers won 26 of their first 39 games, but lost 27 of their last 43—including seven in a row at one point—to finish 42–40. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_293

They were eliminated in the first round by Phoenix again. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_294

Frustrated by the team's inability to advance in the playoffs, Bryant demanded to be traded in the off-season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_295

Buss initially agreed to seek a trade, but also worked to try to change Bryant's mind. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_296

2007–2011: Bryant and Gasol Los Angeles Lakers_section_10

After re-acquiring Derek Fisher, the Lakers started the 2007–08 season with a 25–11 record, before Andrew Bynum, their center who was leading the league in field-goal percentage, went out for the year due to a knee injury in mid-January. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_297

In what would become a crucial transfer for the franchise's return to championship form, they acquired the six-time all-star power forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade in early February and went 22–5 to finish the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_298

The Lakers' 57–25 record earned them the first seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_299

Bryant was awarded the league's MVP award, becoming the first Laker to win the award since O'Neal in 2000. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_300

In the playoffs, they defeated the Nuggets in four games, the Jazz in six, and the defending champion Spurs in five, but lost to the Celtics in six games in the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_301

In the 2008–09 season, the Lakers finished 65–17; the best record in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_302

They defeated the Jazz in five games, the Rockets in seven and the Nuggets in six, to win the Western Conference title. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_303

They then won their 15th NBA championship by defeating the Orlando Magic in five games in the NBA finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_304

Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_305

The Lakers, who had added Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) in place of Trevor Ariza in their starting lineup, finished the 2009–10 season with the best record in the Western Conference for the third straight time. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_306

On January 13, 2010, the Lakers became the first team in NBA history to win 3,000 regular season games by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 100–95. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_307

They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Utah Jazz, and the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_308

In the finals, the Lakers played the Boston Celtics for the 12th time. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_309

They rallied back from a 3–2 disadvantage in the series and erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter of the seventh game to defeat the Celtics. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_310

This series win gave them their 16th NBA title overall and 11th since they moved to Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_311

Bryant was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, despite a 6–24 shooting performance in game seven. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_312

After much speculation, head coach Phil Jackson returned for the 2010–11 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_313

In the playoffs, the Lakers defeated the New Orleans Hornets in the first round. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_314

But their opportunity for a three-peat was denied by the Dallas Mavericks in a four-game sweep of the second round. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_315

After the season, it was announced that Jackson will not be returning to coach the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_316

2011–2016: Post-Jackson era Los Angeles Lakers_section_11

After Jackson's retirement, former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown was hired as head coach on May 25, 2011. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_317

Before the start of the shortened 2011–12 season, the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks after Odom requested to be traded. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_318

On the trade deadline long time Laker Derek Fisher along with a first round draft pick were traded to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_319

With a 41–25 regular season record the Lakers entered the playoffs as the third seed, the team defeated the Denver Nuggets in the first round in seven games but were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round in five games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_320

On July 4, 2012, Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would send him to the Lakers in exchange for the Lakers' 2013 and 2015 first round draft picks, 2013 and 2014 second round draft picks, and $3 million. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_321

The trade was made official on July 11, 2012, the first day the trade moratorium was lifted. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_322

On August 10, 2012, in a four-team trade the Lakers traded Andrew Bynum and acquired Dwight Howard. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_323

On November 9, 2012, Mike Brown was relieved of coaching duties after a 1–4 start to the 2012–13 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_324

Assistant Coach Bernie Bickerstaff took over as interim head coach, leading the Lakers to a 5–5 record. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_325

On November 12, 2012, the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_326

On February 18, 2013, Lakers owner Jerry Buss died from cancer at age 80. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_327

On the court, D'Antoni coached the Lakers to a 40–32 record the rest of the way to finish 45–37, their worst record since 2007. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_328

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_329

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_330

The absence of Bryant was sorely felt as the Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_331

Nevertheless, Bryant passed Lakers legend Wilt Chamberlain to become the fourth all-time leading scorer in NBA history on March 30, 2013, against the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_332

On December 8, 2013, Bryant played in his first game since tearing his Achilles tendon on April 12, 2013. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_333

However, on December 17, 2013, he suffered a broken bone in his knee, and did not return for the remainder of the season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_334

On March 25, 2014, the Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter against the New York Knicks, the most points scored in a quarter in the history of the franchise. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_335

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_336

On April 30, 2014, Mike D'Antoni resigned from his position as head coach after a 27–55 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_337

After spending the majority of the off-season without a head coach, the Lakers named former player Byron Scott as the new head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_338

After the season, he was the frontrunner to become the new Lakers head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_339

Scott interviewed three times for the position, which had become vacant after Mike D'Antoni's resignation. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_340

On July 28, 2014, he signed a multi-year contract to coach the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_341

During the first game of the 2014–15 season, the 7th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Julius Randle went down with a broken leg, which ended his rookie season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_342

The Lakers began their season losing 10 of their first 16 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_343

After playing only 35 games, Kobe Bryant tore a rotator cuff in his shoulder ending his season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_344

Nick Young was also forced to end his season with a fractured kneecap, leaving the team with a record of 14–41. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_345

With 27 games left in the regular season, Byron Scott gave rookie Jordan Clarkson more playing time. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_346

Clarkson, the 46th overall pick in the 2014 draft, finished his rookie season with game stats of 11.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, and shooting 44.8% from the field. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_347

The Lakers' season ended with a record of 21–61, the 4th worst record in the league and at the time the worst record in franchise history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_348

The next season, the Lakers had the second overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft, which they used to select Ohio State freshman point guard D'Angelo Russell. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_349

On November 30, 2015, Bryant announced he would retire at the end of the season after 20 seasons with the team. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_350

In Bryant's last season the team missed the playoffs for the third straight year with a 17–65 record, the worst in franchise history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_351

2016–2018: Post-Bryant era Los Angeles Lakers_section_12

On April 24, 2016, the Lakers announced that they would not exercise their option on Byron Scott's contract for the following season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_352

On April 29, the team announced another former Laker, Luke Walton, as their new head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_353

At the time of his hiring, Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, who were in the playoffs, so he could not officially begin his duties as head coach until the Warriors' playoff run was over. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_354

The Lakers earned the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and selected Brandon Ingram from Duke University. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_355

On February 21, 2017, the Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak, while Magic Johnson was named as the president of basketball operations. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_356

The team's governor Jeanie Buss, also announced the removal of her brother, Jim Buss, from his position as executive vice president of basketball operations. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_357

On March 7, 2017, the Lakers hired Rob Pelinka as the general manager, signing him to a five-year deal. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_358

The Lakers again earned the second overall pick, this time, in the 2017 NBA draft, and selected Lonzo Ball from UCLA. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_359

The Lakers also 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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_360

The Lakers also 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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_361

2018–present: The LeBron James era Los Angeles Lakers_section_13

2018: Arrival of LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers_section_14

On July 9, 2018, the Lakers signed LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million contract. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_362

By the Christmas Day game, the Lakers were six games over .500 before James sustained a groin injury leading to several weeks of missed games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_363

Ball and Ingram also ended their seasons early due to injuries. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_364

On April 9, 2019, Johnson stepped down as the team's president of basketball operations, and two days later, the Lakers parted ways with head coach Walton after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the sixth straight year. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_365

2019–present: James and Davis era Los Angeles Lakers_section_15

On May 13, Frank Vogel was named the Lakers' head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_366

The Lakers received the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft lottery. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_367

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_368

Following the suspension of the 2019–20 NBA season, the Lakers were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA Bubble to participate in the final 8 games of the regular season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_369

The Lakers finished the regular season with a 52–19 record, entering the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and as the top seed for the first time since 2010. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_370

They advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_371

They defeated the Miami Heat 4–2 to win the 2020 NBA Finals, and James was named the Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_372

The win gave Los Angeles their 17th championship in franchise history, tying the Boston Celtics for the most all-time. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_373

Primary Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who took over the team in 2017, would also become the first female controlling owner of an NBA team to win the NBA Finals as well. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_374

Rivalries Los Angeles Lakers_section_16

Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers_section_17

Main article: Celtics–Lakers rivalry Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_375

The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Lakers involves the two most storied basketball franchises in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_376

It has been called the best rivalry in the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_377

The two teams have met a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, starting with their first Finals meeting in 1959. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_378

They would go on to dominate the league in the 1960s and the 1980s, facing each other six times in the 1960s and three times in the 1980s. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_379

The rivalry had been less intense since the retirements of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the early 1990s, but in 2008 it was renewed as the Celtics and Lakers met in the Finals for the first time since 1987, with the Celtics winning the series 4–2. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_380

They faced off once again in the 2010 NBA Finals, which the Lakers won in 7 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_381

The two teams have won the two highest numbers of championships, the Celtics 17, the Lakers 17; together, the 34 championships account for almost half of the 73 championships in NBA history. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_382

The all-time series record for the Lakers vs Celtics is 204–162 with the Celtics being the forerunners. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_383

Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers_section_18

Main article: Lakers–Pistons rivalry Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_384

The rivalry between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons developed in the late 1980s. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_385

Both teams faced each other in back-to-back finals appearances in the 1988 NBA Finals, which the Lakers won in 7 games and the 1989 NBA Finals, which the Pistons won in 4 games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_386

The rivalry reemerged in the early 2000s as both teams squared off against one another in the 2004 NBA Finals, which the Pistons won in five games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_387

Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers_section_19

Main article: Lakers–Clippers rivalry Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_388

The rivalry between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers is unique because they are the only two NBA teams to share an arena, the Staples Center. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_389

It is also one of only two intra-city rivalries in the NBA, the other being the new crosstown rivalry between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_390

Los Angeles fans have historically favored the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_391

Some contend that the term rivalry was inaccurate until the Clippers became more successful. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_392

San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers_section_20

Main article: Lakers–Spurs rivalry Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_393

The San Antonio Spurs and the Lakers, developed what some would classify as a rivalry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_394

Since 1999, the teams have met in the NBA Playoffs five times, with the clubs combining to appear in seven consecutive NBA Finals (from 1999 to 2005). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_395

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. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_396

From 1999 to 2004 the clubs' rivalry was often considered the premier rivalry in the NBA, and each time the clubs faced each other in the playoffs the winner advanced to the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_397

In 2008, the teams met again in the Western Conference Finals where the Spurs were handily defeated only to beat the Lakers when they met again in 2013. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_398

Ownerships, financial history, and fanbase Los Angeles Lakers_section_21

Berger and Chalfen purchased the NBL's disbanded Detroit Gems for $15,000 in 1947, changed their name to the Lakers and relocated them to Minnesota. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_399

Max Winter bought a third of the club in their early years, and sold his share to Mikan in 1954. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_400

Berger bought Mikan's share in 1956 giving him a controlling (⅔) interest. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_401

After Mikan retired, attendance plummeted and the team lost money for several seasons, leading the ownership group to put the team up for sale in 1957. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_402

Marty Marion, a retired baseball player and manager, and his business partner Milton Fischman attempted to purchase the team with the intention of moving the club to Kansas City, Missouri. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_403

Mikan offered to mortgage his home in an attempt to buy the team and keep the club in Minnesota. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_404

The Lakers were sold to a group of investors led by Bob Short however. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_405

The team was sold to Short's group with the agreement that it would not be relocated to Kansas City but kept in Minnesota. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_406

Short's ownership group consisted of 117 Minnesota businesses and private citizens, who amassed a total of $200,000 for the purchase; $150,000 to buy the team and $50,000 to run it. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_407

By 1958 Short had become 80% owner of the team by buying out his partners, but the team was floundering. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_408

Attendance remained poor, and the NBA had put the Lakers on "financial probation", notifying them that if they did not meet certain ticket sales numbers they could be bought out by the league and relocated. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_409

Short was forced to move the team to Los Angeles in 1960; the club had lost $60,000 in the first half of the 1959–60 season alone. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_410

The NBA's owners originally voted 7–1 against the move. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_411

When Short indicated that he might take the team to new rival league that was developing however, the owners held another vote that same day and allowed the relocation (8–0). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_412

Aided by Baylor's drawing power, and the new locale, the team's finances improved when they arrived in LA. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_413

Short sold the team to Washington Redskins owner and publisher Jack Kent Cooke in 1965 for a then league record amount of $5.175 million. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_414

Short insisted the deal be conducted in cash as he was wary of Cooke, so guards transported the money in a cart from one New York bank to another. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_415

Cooke was a more hands-on owner than Short, and overhauled the team's operations. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_416

He personally financed construction of the Forum in 1967 at a cost of $16.5 million. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_417

He owned the team until 1979 when he sold it, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, the Forum, and some real estate to Jerry Buss for $67 million. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_418

Cooke was forced to sell the team as he was undergoing a costly divorce. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_419

Buss was a local chemical engineer and former University of Southern California professor who had become wealthy in real estate. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_420

Philip Anschutz bought a stake in the team in 1998, and until October 2010 Magic Johnson was a minority owner as well. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_421

Buss started the trend of allowing sponsors to add their name to team's stadiums when he renamed the Forum the Great Western Forum in 1988. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_422

In 2009 major sponsors included Verizon Wireless, Toyota, Anheuser-Busch, American Express, and Carl's Jr., and the team's $113 average ticket price was the highest in the league. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_423

Fast food chain Jack in the Box is another major sponsor, the company gives all fans in attendance at home games a coupon for two free tacos if the Lakers hold their opponent under 100 points and win. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_424

The company also sponsors the team's halftime shows on KCAL-TV and Fox Sports West. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_425

In 2013, Buss died at the age of 80 after being hospitalized for 18 months with cancer. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_426

His controlling ownership of the team passed to his six children via a trust, with each child receiving an equal vote. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_427

Buss' succession plan had daughter Jeanie Buss assume his title as the Lakers' governor as well as its team representative at NBA Board of Governors meetings. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_428

Given the team's proximity to Hollywood, the Lakers fanbase includes numerous celebrities, many of whom can be seen at the Staples Center during home games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_429

Jack Nicholson, for example, has held season tickets since the 1970s, and directors reportedly need to work their shooting schedules around Lakers home games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_430

From 2002 and 2007 the team averaged just over 18,900 fans, which placed them in the top ten in the NBA in attendance. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_431

Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Magic Johnson", from their 1989 album Mother's Milk, is a tribute to the former point guard, and frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary are frequently seen attending home games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_432

In 2008, the team sold out every home game, and in 2010, the Lakers had the most popular team merchandise among all NBA teams, and Bryant the most popular jersey. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_433

Name, logo and uniforms Los Angeles Lakers_section_22

Further information: Logos and uniforms of the Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_434

The Laker nickname came from the state of Minnesota being the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_435

The team's colors are purple, gold and white. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_436

The Lakers logo consists of the team name, "Los Angeles Lakers" written in purple on top of a gold basketball. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_437

The team usually wears white jerseys for Sunday and holiday home games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_438

Season-by-season record Los Angeles Lakers_section_23

List of the last five seasons completed by the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_439

For the full season-by-season history, see List of Los Angeles Lakers seasons. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_440

The Lakers have won 17 NBA titles and have appeared in the NBA Finals 16 other times. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_441

These appearances include eight NBA Finals appearances in the 1980s. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_442

The best record posted by the team was 69–13, in 1972; the worst record was 17–65, in 2016. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_443

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Winning Percentage; Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_444

Los Angeles Lakers_table_general_0

SeasonLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_0 GPLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_1 WLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_2 LLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_3 W–L%Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_4 FinishLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_5 PlayoffsLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_0_6
2015–16Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_0 82Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_1 17Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_2 65Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_3 .207Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_4 5th, PacificLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_5 Did not qualifyLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_1_6
2016–17Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_0 82Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_1 26Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_2 56Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_3 .317Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_4 4th, PacificLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_5 Did not qualifyLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_2_6
2017–18Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_0 82Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_1 35Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_2 47Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_3 .427Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_4 3rd, PacificLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_5 Did not qualifyLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_3_6
2018–19Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_0 82Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_1 37Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_2 45Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_3 .451Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_4 4th, PacificLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_5 Did not qualifyLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_4_6
2019–20Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_0 71Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_1 52Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_2 19Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_3 .732Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_4 1st, PacificLos Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_5 NBA champions, 4–2 (Heat)Los Angeles Lakers_cell_0_5_6

Franchise and NBA records Los Angeles Lakers_section_24

Further information: Los Angeles Lakers accomplishments and records Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_445

Bryant holds most individual team records for longevity including most games played (1,333), and most minutes logged (48,298). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_446

Johnson holds all significant assist records for the club including career assists (10,141), assists in a game (24), and highest assist average for a season (13.1). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_447

Johnson also has the most triple doubles, with his 138 over 100 more than the next closest player (Bryant; 17). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_448

Elmore Smith holds team records for blocks in a game (17), blocks per game for a season (4.85), and career blocks per game (3.93). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_449

The scoring records are mostly shared by Elgin Baylor and Bryant, with Baylor having the highest average for a career (27.4) while Bryant has the highest points scored in a single game (81). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_450

Baylor, Bryant and West hold the top five single season scoring averages, with Bryant occupying the numbers one (35.4) and four (31.6) spots, while Baylor has the second (34.8), and third (34.0), and West the fifth (31.3). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_451

The Lakers hold several NBA records as a team including most consecutive games won overall (33) and most consecutive road games won (16) both of which came during the 1971–72 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_452

Highest field-goal percentage for a season at 54.5% (1984–85), and highest road winning percentage at 0.816 (1971–72). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_453

They also hold records for having (into the 2009–10 season) the most wins (3,027), the highest winning percentage (61.9%), and the most NBA Finals appearances (31). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_454

The 2000–01 team set the NBA record for best playoff record at 15–1, which was later broken by the Golden State Warriors in 2017. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_455

The 1971–72 team holds franchise records in wins (69), most points scored, and largest margin of victory; both of the latter came in the team's 63 point win versus Golden State (162–99). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_456

They also used to hold the record for most wins at home in the regular season (going 36–5 in 1971–72, then 37–4 in both 1976–77 and 1979–80) before the Boston Celtics set the current record of 40–1 in the 1985–86 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_457

Home arenas Los Angeles Lakers_section_25

The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, located at L.A. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_458 Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_459

The arena opened in fall 1999, and seats up to 18,997 for Lakers games. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_460

Owned and operated by AEG and L.A. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_461

Arena Company, the arena is also home to the Los Angeles Clippers, the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_462

Before moving to Staples Center, for 32 seasons (1967–1999), the Lakers played their home games at The Forum in Inglewood, California, located approximately 10 miles southwest of the team's current home. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_463

During the 1999 preseason, the Lakers played their home games at the Forum before officially moving into Staples Center, and once again hosted a preseason game versus the Golden State Warriors on October 9, 2009, this time to commemorate the team's 50th anniversary season in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_464

In the first seven years in Los Angeles, the team played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, south of Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_465

While the team played in Minneapolis, the team played their home games at the Minneapolis Auditorium from 1947 to 1960. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_466

Players Los Angeles Lakers_section_26

For the complete list of Los Angeles Lakers players, see Los Angeles Lakers all-time roster. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_467

Current roster Los Angeles Lakers_section_27

Retained draft rights Los Angeles Lakers_section_28

The Lakers hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_468

A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_469

In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_470

This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_471

Los Angeles Lakers_table_general_1

DraftLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_0 RoundLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_1 PickLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_2 PlayerLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_3 Pos.Los Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_4 NationalityLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_5 Current teamLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_6 Note(s)Los Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_7 RefLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_1_0_8
2009Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_0 2Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_1 59Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_2 Chinemelu ElonuLos Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_3 F/CLos Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_4 NigeriaLos Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_5 Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_6 Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_7 Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_1_8
2007Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_0 2Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_1 54Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_2 Brad NewleyLos Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_3 G/FLos Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_4 AustraliaLos Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_5 Sydney Kings (Australia)Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_6 Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_7 Los Angeles Lakers_cell_1_2_8

Draft picks Los Angeles Lakers_section_29

Main article: List of Los Angeles Lakers first and second round draft picks Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_472

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). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_473

The Lakers have also had six lottery picks in their history: Eddie Jones (selected 10th overall in 1994), Andrew Bynum (selected 10th overall in 2005), Julius Randle (selected 7th overall in 2014), D'Angelo Russell (selected 2nd overall in 2015), Brandon Ingram (selected 2nd overall in 2016), and Lonzo Ball (selected 2nd overall in 2017). Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_474

Other draft picks include Jerry West and Gail Goodrich in the 1960s, Michael Cooper and Norm Nixon in the 1970s, A. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_475 C. Green and Vlade Divac in the 1980s, Elden Campbell, Nick Van Exel, Derek Fisher, and Devean George in the 1990s, and Luke Walton, Sasha Vujačić, and Ronny Turiaf in the 2000s. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_476

Head coaches Los Angeles Lakers_section_30

Main article: List of Los Angeles Lakers head coaches Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_477

There have been 22 head coaches for the Lakers franchise. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_478

John Kundla coached the team in Minneapolis when they won their first five BAA/NBA championships from 1949 to 1954. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_479

Pat Riley is second in franchise history in both regular season and playoff games coached and wins. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_480

Phil Jackson broke Riley's regular season wins record in 2009, and he passed Riley's playoff wins and games coached records in 2010. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_481

Jackson, Riley, Kundla, and Bill Sharman have all been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for their coaching careers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_482

George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Jerry West, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott and Luke Walton have all played and head coached for the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_483

Jackson, who had two stints as head coach, was coach from 2005 to 2011. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_484

In May 2011, Mike Brown was named his replacement for the 2011–12 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_485

Brown was fired on November 9, 2012, after a 1–4 start. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_486

Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff served as interim head coach for five games before the Lakers selected Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_487

D'Antoni resigned at the end of the 2013–14 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_488

In July 2014, Byron Scott was hired as head coach. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_489

After the 2015–16 season ended, Scott was fired. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_490

On April 29, 2016, former Lakers player Luke Walton was named as Scott's replacement, and served as head coach until the end of the 2018–19 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_491

Frank Vogel was named his successor on a multiyear deal announced on May 13, 2019. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_492

Hall of Famers, retired and honored numbers Los Angeles Lakers_section_31

The Lakers have 34 Hall of Famers (26 players, 4 head coaches, 1 assistant coach, and 3 contributors) who contributed to the organization. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_493

Notes: Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_494

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  • He also coached the team in 1957–1958.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_0
  • He also coached the team in 1960.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_1
  • He also coached the team in 1976–1979.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_2
  • He also coached the team in 1994.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_3
  • In total, West was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_4
  • In total, Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_5
  • In total, Malone was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_6
  • He also played for the team in 1970–1975.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_7
  • In total, Newell was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as contributor and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.Los Angeles Lakers_item_0_8

FIBA Hall of Famers Los Angeles Lakers_section_32

Los Angeles Lakers_table_general_2

Los Angeles Lakers Hall of FamersLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_0_0
PlayersLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_1_0
No.Los Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_2_0 NameLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_2_1 PositionLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_2_2 TenureLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_2_3 InductedLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_2_2_4
12Los Angeles Lakers_cell_2_3_0 Vlade DivacLos Angeles Lakers_cell_2_3_1 CLos Angeles Lakers_cell_2_3_2 1989–1996

2004–2005Los Angeles Lakers_cell_2_3_3

2010Los Angeles Lakers_cell_2_3_4
34Los Angeles Lakers_cell_2_4_0 Shaquille O'NealLos Angeles Lakers_cell_2_4_1 CLos Angeles Lakers_cell_2_4_2 1996–2004Los Angeles Lakers_cell_2_4_3 2017Los Angeles Lakers_cell_2_4_4

Retired numbers Los Angeles Lakers_section_33

The Lakers have retired eleven jersey numbers and an honorary microphone in honor of their players and broadcaster: Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_495

Los Angeles Lakers_table_general_3

Los Angeles Lakers retired numbersLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_3_0_0
No.Los Angeles Lakers_header_cell_3_1_0 PlayerLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_3_1_1 PositionLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_3_1_2 TenureLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_3_1_3 Ceremony dateLos Angeles Lakers_header_cell_3_1_4
8Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_2_0 Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_2_1 GLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_2_2 1996–2006Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_2_3 December 18, 2017Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_2_4
13Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_3_0 Wilt ChamberlainLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_3_1 CLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_3_2 1968–1973Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_3_3 November 9, 1983Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_3_4
22Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_4_0 Elgin BaylorLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_4_1 FLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_4_2 1958–1971Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_4_3 November 9, 1983Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_4_4
24Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_5_0 Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_5_1 GLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_5_2 2006–2016Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_5_3 December 18, 2017Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_5_4
25Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_6_0 Gail GoodrichLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_6_1 GLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_6_2 1965–1968

1970–1976Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_6_3

November 20, 1996Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_6_4
32Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_7_0 Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_7_1 GLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_7_2 1979–1991

1996Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_7_3

February 16, 1992Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_7_4
33Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_8_0 Kareem Abdul-JabbarLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_8_1 CLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_8_2 1975–1989Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_8_3 March 20, 1990Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_8_4
34Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_9_0 Shaquille O'NealLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_9_1 CLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_9_2 1996–2004Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_9_3 April 2, 2013Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_9_4
42Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_10_0 James WorthyLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_10_1 FLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_10_2 1982–1994Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_10_3 December 10, 1995Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_10_4
44Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_11_0 Jerry WestLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_11_1 GLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_11_2 1960–1974Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_11_3 November 19, 1983Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_11_4
52Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_12_0 Jamaal WilkesLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_12_1 FLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_12_2 1977–1985Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_12_3 December 28, 2012Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_12_4
Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_13_0 Chick HearnLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_13_1 BroadcasterLos Angeles Lakers_cell_3_13_2 1961–2002Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_13_3 December 2, 2002Los Angeles Lakers_cell_3_13_4

In addition, several other players and coaches who were instrumental to the franchise's success during its days in Minneapolis were named Honored Minneapolis Lakers, although their numbers are not retired by the franchise: Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_496

Media Los Angeles Lakers_section_34

Main article: List of Los Angeles Lakers broadcasters Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_497

For 41 years, Chick Hearn was the team's broadcaster until his death in 2002. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_498

He broadcast 3,338 consecutive games between November 21, 1965, and December 16, 2001. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_499

Hearn came up with West's "Mr. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_500

Clutch" nickname. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_501

He was a part of the team's "inner sanctum" when Cooke was owner, and was consulted on basketball decisions. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_502

Paul Sunderland, who had filled in for a couple of games while Hearn recuperated in the 2001–02 season, was named the permanent play-by-play announcer. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_503

Stu Lantz was retained as the color commentator. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_504

When Sunderland's contract expired in the summer of 2005, the team chose not to renew it. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_505

Then, Joel Meyers moved in alongside Lantz as the television announcer, with Spero Dedes and former Laker player Mychal Thompson on the radio. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_506

For the 2011–12 season, Bill Macdonald became the new television play-by-play announcer, joining Lantz who remained as the color analyst. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_507

Meanwhile, John Ireland joined Mychal Thompson to call the games on radio. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_508

Beginning in the 2009–10 season, Lakers radio broadcasts were heard on KSPN (Los Angeles ESPN Radio affiliate) in English and KWKW in Spanish. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_509

KLAC had the team's radio broadcast rights from the 1976–77 season until the 2008–09 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_510

Until 2011, telecasts had been split between KCAL-TV (road games) and Fox Sports West (home games), unless they are chosen for national broadcasts on ABC. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_511

KCAL had been the Lakers' over-the-air television broadcaster since 1977, dating back to when the station was the RKO General-owned KHJ-TV, the longest relationship between an NBA team and a television station. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_512

Prior to KHJ, Laker games were televised on KTLA. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_513

The Lakers had been on Fox Sports West since 1985, dating to when it was the original Prime Ticket and owned by Buss. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_514

On February 14, 2011, Time Warner Cable and the Lakers announced the formation of two new regional sports networks (one in English, one in Spanish) that would exclusively televise the team's games and related programming for 20 years starting with the 2012–13 season. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_515

The said networks were originally known as Time Warner Cable SportsNet, before it was renamed Spectrum SportsNet in 2016 upon Charter Communications' purchase of Time Warner Cable. Los Angeles Lakers_sentence_516


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