Los Angeles Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers
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founding 1946
history Detroit Gems
Minneapolis Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
since 1960
Stadion Staples Center
Location Los Angeles , California
Club colors Purple, gold, black
league National Basketball Association
Conference Western Conference
division Pacific Division
Head coach Frank Vogel
General manager Rob Pelinka
owner Jeanie Buss
Farm teams South Bay Lakers
Championships 16 (1949, 1950, 1952–1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
Conference title 31 (1949, 1950, 1952–1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968–1970, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1982–1985, 1987–1989, 1991, 2000–2002, 2004, 2008–2010)
Division title 34 (1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971–1974, 1977, 1980, 1982–1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008–2012, 2020)
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The Los Angeles Lakers (formerly Minneapolis Lakers ) are a professional basketball team of the North American National Basketball Association (NBA). The team won a total of 16 championship titles, the second most behind the Boston Celtics (17). The team and jersey colors have been gold and purple since 1967, previously the Lakers wore white and royal blue and the Minneapolis Lakers wore dove blue and yellow. There are also so-called Sunday jerseys, which have been available in white since 2002 and which are traditionally worn on Sunday afternoons and afternoons. The Lakers were the only team in the NBA whose home jersey was not white until the home kit regulation was changed in 2017/18 . The team name "Lakers" (in German roughly "who live on the lakes" or "who live on the lakes") goes back to the time when the Lakers still played in Minneapolis , Minnesota . "Lakers" refers to the nickname of the state of Minnesota as the "land of 10,000 lakes". After moving to Los Angeles, the team kept the name. According to Forbes , the Lakers have long been the NBA's most expensive franchise at an estimated $ 900 million .


1947–1968: Started in Minneapolis, relocated to Los Angeles

Guard Jerry West

Since the league was founded, the Lakers have been part of the NBA and also one of the most successful teams. At that time still based in Minneapolis , the Lakers formed the first dynasty with their center George Mikan when they won five championships between 1949 and 1954. After winning the fifth title Mikan announced his resignation, the subsequent unsuccessful phase of the Lakers lasted only a short time. 1958 drafteten they Elgin Baylor and two years later, Jerry West . In the same year the association moved from Minneapolis to the west coast to Los Angeles at the instigation of its new owner, the entrepreneur and politician Robert Short . In Minneapolis, ice hockey was more popular with the public, and Short promised greater profits in California. Despite the two superstars Baylor and West - both were named one of the 50 best players in NBA history in 1996 for the league's 50th birthday - the Lakers were unable to break the superiority of the Boston Celtics in the 1960s, who won eleven championships between 1957 and 1969.

1968–1973: The Wilt-Chamberlain Era

In 1968 the Lakers brought Wilt Chamberlain , the premier center of the league. But despite this reinforcement, they were defeated on the way to the title for the next three years. It wasn't until 1972 that the Lakers won their first championship in Los Angeles, ironically without Elgin Baylor, who announced his retirement due to an injury in the middle of the season. However, Gail Goodrich had a significant share in winning the championship. In 1973 the team lost again in the NBA final, after which Wilt Chamberlain resigned. He was followed a year later by Jerry West and the Lakers were forced to build a new team around Goodrich.

1976–1996 Abdul-Jabbar, Worthy and the “Magic” Johnson era, the “Showtime Express”

In 1976 the Lakers succeeded again in signing the best center in the league, in this case Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks , three-time MVP of the league to date . In the following two years, Abdul-Jabbar won the league's most valuable player award, the championships for the Lakers did not materialize. The Lakers continued to rebuild the team. In 1977 Jamaal Wilkes came from the Golden State Warriors . In 1979 the Lakers got the right to be the first team to vote in the draft through a clever trade with the New Orleans Jazz . The choice fell on Earvin "Magic" Johnson , who led the Lakers to the longed-for NBA title in his first season. In 1982 the Lakers won the championship again. In the 1982 draft, the Lakers were given the first right to vote again , following a prior agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers . With the first pick, they picked James Worthy . In the 1980s, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson and Worthy founded the "Showtime Express" due to the spectacular style of play. Other important players of the time were AC Green , Byron Scott and Michael Cooper . The team was coached by Pat Riley . By 1988 three more championships were added (1985, 1987, 1988). In 1989 the Lakers were surprisingly clearly defeated by the Detroit Pistons . In the same year, Abdul-Jabbar resigned after 20 years of professional career. After losing the playoffs to the Phoenix Suns in 1990 , coach Pat Riley resigned. Magic Johnson single-handedly led the team to the final one more time in 1991, losing to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls . A few months later, Johnson announced his retirement due to an HIV infection . Johnson's sudden resignation put the Lakers in a state of shock from which they only recovered after a few years. Over the years, key players left the Lakers or resigned. James Worthy, the last remaining part of the Showtime Express, announced his resignation in 1994. Magic Johnson took over the Lakers in 1994 for a short time as a coach, but failed with the playoff entry. In the same year they got Eddie Jones through the draft . With players like Jones and Nick Van Exel , the Lakers managed to move into the playoffs in the next two years. Magic Johnson also made a brief comeback in 1996 in Lakersdress and played 32 games before finally ending his career.

1996–2004: beginning of the Kobe-Bryant and Shaquille-O'Neal era

Shaquille O'Neal won three championships with the Lakers

In 1996, then General Manager Jerry West got two commitments that made the Lakers a title contender in one fell swoop. First, he traded the team's center, Vlade Divac , for the Charlotte Hornets ' draft pick , Kobe Bryant . A few days later he signed Shaquille O'Neal from the Orlando Magic , who at that time - like Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar before him - was the most dominant center in the NBA. Furthermore, Derek Fisher was engaged through the draft and Robert Horry . Until the 1998/99 season , this highly talented team was always eliminated early in the NBA playoffs, whereupon the team owner Jerry Buss for the first time managed to sign a real starting coach.

Before the 1999/2000 season , Phil Jackson , six-time champion with the Bulls, came to the Lakers as head coach and with him success. Shaquille O'Neal, who was already the best player in the NBA after Jordan's resignation in 1999, rose again and was almost unanimously voted Most Valuable Player of the Year (MVP). By 2002 the Lakers won three championships in a row, a so-called threepeat . This success kept the team's two stars, Bryant and O'Neal, together despite their mutual antipathy. After the Lakers lost early in the playoffs in 2002/03 and , although highly favored, were defeated by the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals in 2003/04 , the two superstars parted ways. The Lakers decided to keep Kobe Bryant and so Shaquille O'Neal was sent to the Miami Heat in exchange for Lamar Odom , among others .

2004–2007: rebuilding

O'Neal's departure for the Heat tore a bigger hole than expected and Kobe Bryant alone was unable to compensate for it. In the 2004/05 season , the playoffs took place for the first time after 1994 without the Lakers. Surprisingly, Phil Jackson returned to coach the Lakers after the season. In the 2005/06 season , however, the Lakers managed to get into the playoffs due to the resurgent Kobe Bryant, where they were only narrowly defeated against the title favorites Phoenix Suns.

The following year, the 2006/07 season , the Lakers suffered a heavy loss to the Dallas Mavericks . The team lost 72: 108 in front of their own audience. This home defeat is the highest in the club's history.

In the 2007 playoffs, it was similar to the previous season. They fought their way to seventh place in the west and faced the Phoenix Suns again. However, they lost the series 1: 4.

2007-2011: return to the top, signing Pau Gasol

Barack Obama congratulates the Lakers on winning the 2009 title

In the 2007/08 season they won first place in the Western Conference and moved into the finals , where they were, however, subject to the Boston Celtics . Since the 2007/08 NBA season, the Lakers have once again been among the best teams in the NBA. They owe this mainly to the positive development of their Center Andrew Bynum and the trade of Pau Gasol , which came from the Memphis Grizzlies in February 2008 .

In the 2008/09 season they reached the finals . These were won 4-1 against the Orlando Magic. As the most valuable player in this series, Kobe Bryant was voted the Finals MVP.

In the 2009/10 season , the Lakers moved into the finals for the third time in a row, where, like two years earlier, they met the Boston Celtics. This time the Lakers won the series 4-3, and Kobe Bryant was re-elected Finals MVP.

Mike Brown was the Lakers' head coach from 2011 to 2012

In the 2010/11 season , the Lakers started the season again as favorites. After a relatively good season, the Lakers qualified for the playoffs. After the win in the first round against the New Orleans Hornets , the team was disappointed against the Dallas Mavericks, to the German star Dirk Nowitzki , with 0: 4. With the departure, the era of Phil Jackson ended with the Lakers. Jackson had led the Lakers to five championships.

Before the 2011/12 season , which only started on December 25th due to the lockout, David Stern (NBA Commissioner) vetoed a trade in which Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom were to switch to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul ( the NBA itself owned the Hornets from December 2010 to 2012). When that trade failed, Jason Kapono was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers. Furthermore, Lamar Odom left the team in the direction of Dallas to the Mavericks. This happened because the latter, after learning that the Lakers were about to hand him over to get Chris Paul, requested a move.

Shortly before the end of the trade deadline, the Lakers sent Derek Fisher along with their first-round pick to Houston to the Rockets in exchange for Power Forward / Center Jordan Hill . Furthermore, Luke Walton and Jason Kapono were sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 2012 first-round pick and the Lakers received the Point Guard Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga in return .

The Lakers finished the regular season in third place in the Western Conference and met the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs . The Lakers won the series 4-3 in games. In the Conference semifinals they were eliminated from the Oklahoma City Thunder with 1: 4 in games.

2012–2016: season with Dwight Howard, rebuilding, Kobe Bryant's final years

In the offseason 2012, the Lakers strengthened with Dwight Howard , who moved from the Orlando Magic . With Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison they were also able to bring further notable commitments to the team. With three defeats in a row at the beginning of the season, the Lakers started a season as badly as they have not since 1978. After only one of the first five games could be won, head coach Mike Brown was fired in November 2012 and replaced by Mike D'Antoni . Shortly before the start of the playoffs, Kobe Bryant fell out with a torn Achilles tendon and, in addition, Steve Blake and Steve Nash. As a result, the Lakers lost in the first round in four games against the San Antonio Spurs .

Kobe Bryant played for the Lakers from 1996 to 2016

For the 2013/2014 season, top performers such as Dwight Howard , Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison left the team despite some new contract offers. Howard's departure in particular hit the franchise hard. Due to the long-term failure of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers announced a transition year and signed free players mostly with contracts for one year in order to be able to act flexibly on the player market in the summer of 2014. Best-known new players were center Chris Kaman , who moved to Los Angeles from the Dallas Mavericks , and guard Nick Young , who came from Philadelphia. The German national player Elias Harris also made it into the Lakers squad via the NBA Summer League , but was dismissed after a few weeks to make room for more players in the squad. December 2013 Bryant returned to the Lakers team and made his comeback. However, he injured himself again after a few games, which means that he will be out the rest of the season. The season ended sobering in the table cellar of the Western Conference. With 27 wins and 55 defeats you could only leave the Utah Jazz behind in the Conference. After Mike D'Antoni could not agree on a longer cooperation with the Lakers, he resigned from his position as head coach of the Lakers at the end of April 2014.

In the 2014 NBA draft , they were in the top 10 for the first time since 2005 and recruited the power forward Julius Randle in seventh place. After six years, Gasol left the Lakers and joined the Chicago Bulls . Carlos Boozer was signed as a replacement , who in turn had previously been dismissed by the Bulls. In addition, Byron Scott was presented as the new coach.

Despite the return of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers made the worst start in the club's history with one win in eight defeats. Bryant could not finish the season again without injury. Rookie Randle was injured in his first game and was out for the rest of the season. Hopes were raised by rookie Jordan Clarkson , who had a strong season. The season ended with 21 wins and 61 losses. This made them the fourth worst team in the NBA and set a franchise-internal negative record. Due to the lottery, the Lakers slipped to second place in the order in the 2015 NBA Draft . This was also the highest draft placement for over 30 years. In the draft, 19-year-old D'Angelo Russell from Ohio State University was chosen in second place . For the new season, Starspier Kobe Bryant announced that the 2015/16 season would be his last season. The Lakers only strengthened to a limited extent over the summer. Only ex-All-Star Roy Hibbert and the reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams were notable reinforcements, and with Metta World Peace , who last played in Italy, a member of the 2010 championship team returned to Los Angeles. However, the Lakers played a weak season again and had no chance to reach the playoffs early on and as the first team of the season. The Lakers set a new negative team record with 17 wins and 65 losses and finished last in the Western Conference. In addition to numerous high defeats, especially escapades off the pitch caused negative attention, private videos appeared and several players publicly berated their fans. In late April 2016, coach Scott was sacked. Kobe Bryant also played his last game in the Lakers jersey on April 13, 2016 and retired from professional sport after 20 years with the Lakers.

Since 2016: The post-Bryant era

For the 2016/17 season , the former Lakers player Luke Walton took over as Head Coach of the Lakers . During the 2016 draft lottery, the Lakers were again awarded the right to vote in second place. With this, Brandon Ingram of Duke University was selected. Under Walton, the Lakers only improved marginally to 26 wins this season, but this time again they clearly missed the playoffs. Shortly before the 2017 NBA draft , D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov were transferred to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez . In the NBA draft, the Lakers reinforced themselves with point guard Lonzo Ball from the local UCLA in second place. With Kyle Kuzma another rookie was drawn in 27th place, who also had a surprisingly good season. The Lakers were able to increase their record in the 2017/18 season with a young team consisting of Ingram, Ball, Randle and Kuzma to 35 wins. The playoffs were clearly missed this time too.

In the 2018 NBA draft , Moritz Wagner (in 25th position) and Svi Mikhailiuk (in 47th position) signed two foreign players. Isaac Bonga , who was selected 39th by the Philadelphia 76ers , was traded to the Lakers on July 6, 2018 and played with the two for the team in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

In the free agency phase of 2018, the Lakers secured superstar LeBron James . They also hired the role players Rajon Rondo , Lance Stephenson , JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley . Despite a well-known squad, the Lakers again missed the playoffs and parted ways with head coach Luke Walton after the season . After a few weeks, Frank Vogel , who had previously been head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic , was presented as his successor .

Shortly before the Free Agency 2019, Anthony Davis was traded in a three-team deal. The Lakers gave Brandon Ingram , Lonzo Ball , Josh Hart and future picks to New Orleans and also sent Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to Washington . The further goal was to create Cap Space to sign another well-known free agent, the main goal was Kawhi Leonard , but failed. In the draft, only Talen Horton-Tucker in position 46 was drawn in the second round, as the # 4 pick was included in the Davis Trade package.

Current squad

Los Angeles Lakers roster (as of July 7, 2020)
player Coaches
No. Nat. Surname position birth size info college
0 United StatesUnited States Kyle Kuzma Forward 07/24/1995 206 cm Utah
1 United StatesUnited States Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Guard 02/18/1993 196 cm Georgia
3 United StatesUnited States Anthony Davis Forward / Center 03/11/1993 211 cm Kentucky
4th United StatesUnited States Alex Caruso Guard 02/28/1994 193 cm Texas A&M
5 United StatesUnited States Talen Horton-Tucker Guard 11/25/2000 193 cm R. Iowa State
7th United StatesUnited States JaVale McGee center 01/19/1988 213 cm Nevada
9 United StatesUnited States Rondo district Guard 02/22/1986 185 cm Cruz Roja.svg Kentucky
10 United StatesUnited States Jared Dudley Forward 07/10/1985 201 cm Boston College
12 United StatesUnited States Devontae Cacok Forward 10/08/1996 201 cm G / R UNC Wilmington
14th United StatesUnited States Danny Green Guard / Forward 06/22/1987 198 cm North Carolina
18th United StatesUnited States Dion Waiters Guard 12/10/1991 193 cm Syracuse
21st United StatesUnited States JR Smith Guard / Forward 09.09.1985 198 cm St. Benedict's Preparatory HS (NJ)
23 United StatesUnited States LeBron James Forward 12/30/1984 203 cm St Vincent-St Mary HS (OH)
28 United StatesUnited States Quinn Cook Guard 03/23/1993 188 cm Duke
37 GreeceGreece Kostas Antetokounmpo Forward 11/20/1997 211 cm G Dayton
39 United StatesUnited States Dwight Howard center December 8, 1985 211 cm Atlanta Christian Academy (HS)
88 United StatesUnited States Markieff Morris Forward 09/02/1989 208 cm Kansas
Nat. Surname position
United StatesUnited States Frank Vogel Head coach
United StatesUnited States Jason Kidd Deputy Head coach
United StatesUnited States Lionel Hollins Assistant coach
United StatesUnited States Phil cell phone Assistant coach
United StatesUnited States Miles Simon Assistant coach
United StatesUnited States Mike Penberthy Assistant coach
unknownunknown Quinton Crawford Assistant coach
unknownunknown Nina Hsieh Medical trainer
Abbr. meaning
No. Jersey number
Nat. nationality
C. Team captain
R. Rookie
FA Free agent
G Two-way contract
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Honors and achievements worth mentioning

Magic Johnson
Byron Scott
Kobe Bryant
Jersey numbers that are no longer assigned
No. Nat. Surname position time
8th United StatesUnited States Kobe Bryant Guard 1996-2016
13 United StatesUnited States Wilt Chamberlain center 1968-1973
22nd United StatesUnited States Elgin Baylor Forward 1958-1971
24 United StatesUnited States Kobe Bryant Guard 1996-2016
25th United StatesUnited States Gail Goodrich Guard 1965-1968, 1970-1976
32 United StatesUnited States Magic Johnson Guard 1979-1991, 1996
33 United StatesUnited States Kareem Abdul-Jabbar center 1975-1989
34 United StatesUnited States Shaquille O'Neal center 1996-2004
42 United StatesUnited States James Worthy Forward 1982-1994
44 United StatesUnited States Jerry West Guard
52 United StatesUnited States Jamaal Wilkes Forward 1977-1985
Jersey numbers no longer used in the Staples Center
Other well-known former players
Surname current club
Michael Cooper Career ended
Adrian Dantley Career ended
Vlade Divac Career ended
Pau Gasol Free agent
Horace Grant Career ended
AC Green Career ended
Eddie Jones Career ended
Clyde Lovellette Career ended
Karl Malone Career ended
Slater Martin Career ended
Bob McAdoo Career ended
George Mikan Career ended
Vern Mikkelsen Career ended
Steve Nash Career ended
Gary Payton Career ended
Jim Pollard Career ended
Glen Rice Career ended
Mitch Richmond Career ended
Pat Riley Career ended
Dennis Rodman Career ended
Byron Scott Career ended
Nick Van Exel Career ended
Metta World Peace Career ended


Seasons in the National Basketball Association (Status: Reg.Season August 2020)
year Victories: defeats Wins [%] Play-offs
Minneapolis Lakers
1948/49 44:16 73.3 BAA champions against the Washington Capitols 4-2
1949/50 51:17 75.0 NBA champions beat Syracuse Nationals 4-2
1950/51 44:24 64.7 1: 3 in the Western Division semi-finals against the Rochester Royals
1951/52 40:26 60.6 NBA champions against the New York Knicks 4: 3
1952/53 48:22 68.6 NBA champions against the New York Knicks 4-1
1953/54 46:26 63.9 NBA champions against the Syracuse Nationals 4-3
1954/55 40:32 55.6 1: 3 in the Western Division Finals against the Fort Wayne Pistons
1955/56 33:39 45.8 1: 2 in the Western Division semifinals against the St. Louis Hawks
1956/57 34:38 47.2 0-3 in the Western Division Finals against the St. Louis Hawks
1957/58 19:53 26.4 Not qualified for the playoffs
1958/59 33:39 45.8 0-4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1959/60 25:50 33.3 3: 4 in the Western Division Finals against the St. Louis Hawks
Los Angeles Lakers
1960/61 36:43 45.6 3: 4 in the Western Division Finals against the St. Louis Hawks
1961/62 54:26 67.5 3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1962/63 53:27 66.3 2-4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1963/64 42:38 52.5 2-3 in the Western Division semi-finals against the St. Louis Hawks
1964/65 49:31 61.3 1: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1965/66 45:35 56.3 3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1966/67 36:45 44.4 0-3 Western Division semifinals against the San Francisco Warriors
1967/68 52:30 63.4 2-4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1968/69 55:27 67.1 3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1969/70 46:36 56.1 3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks
1970/71 48:34 58.5 1: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks
1971/72 69:13 84.1 NBA champions against the New York Knicks 4-1
1972/73 60:22 73.2 1: 4 in the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks
1973/74 47:35 57.3 1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks
1974/75 30:52 36.6 Not qualified for the playoffs
1975/76 40:42 48.8 Not qualified for the playoffs
1976/77 53:29 64.6 0-4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers
1977/78 45:37 54.9 1: 2 in the first round against the Seattle SuperSonics
1978/79 47:35 57.3 1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Seattle SuperSonics
1979/80 60:22 73.2 NBA champions beat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2
1980/81 54:28 65.9 1: 2 in the first round against the Houston Rockets
1981/82 57:25 69.5 NBA champions beat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2
1982/83 58:24 70.7 0-4 in the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers
1983/84 54:28 65.9 3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
1984/85 62:20 75.6 NBA champions beat the Boston Celtics 4-2
1985/86 62:20 75.6 1: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets
1986/87 65:17 79.3 NBA champions beat the Boston Celtics 4-2
1987/88 62:20 75.6 NBA champions against the Detroit Pistons with 4: 3
1988/89 57:25 69.5 0-4 in the NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons
1989/90 63:19 76.8 1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns
1990/91 58:24 70.7 1: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls
1991/92 43:39 52.4 1-3 in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers
1992/93 39:43 47.6 2: 3 in the first round against the Phoenix Suns
1993/94 33:49 40.2 Not qualified for the playoffs
1994/95 48:34 58.5 2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs
1995/96 53:29 64.6 1: 3 in the first round against the Houston Rockets
1996/97 56:26 68.3 1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz
1997/98 61:21 74.4 0: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Utah Jazz
1998/99 31:19 62.0 0-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs
1999/00 67:15 81.7 NBA champions beat the Indiana Pacers 4-2
2000/01 56:26 68.3 NBA champions beat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1
2001/02 58:24 70.7 NBA champions beat the New Jersey Nets 4-0
2002/03 50:32 61.0 2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs
2003/04 56:26 68.3 1: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons
2004/05 34:48 41.5 Not qualified for the playoffs
2005/06 45:37 54.9 3: 4 in the first round against the Phoenix Suns
2006/07 42:40 51.2 1: 4 in the first round against the Phoenix Suns
2007/08 57:25 69.5 2-4 in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
2008/09 65:17 79.3 NBA champions against Orlando Magic 4-1
2009/10 57:25 69.5 NBA champions against the Boston Celtics with 4: 3
2010/11 57:25 69.5 0-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks
2011/12 41:25 62.1 1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder
2012/13 45:37 54.9 0: 4 in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs
2013/14 27:55 32.9 Not qualified for the playoffs
2014/15 21:61 25.6 Not qualified for the playoffs
2015/16 17:65 20.7 Not qualified for the playoffs
2016/17 26:56 31.7 Not qualified for the playoffs
2017/18 35:47 42.7 Not qualified for the playoffs
2018/19 37:45 45.1 Not qualified for the playoffs
2019/20 52:19 73.2
total 3385: 2301 59.5 438: 296 in the playoffs (59.7%) - 16 NBA championships


43 home wins in a row against a franchise ( Kings ), which changed names twice during this period. The series began on March 28, 1975 and ended on November 8, 1992.

Biggest loss 75: 123 (48 points) on March 28, 2016 against Utah.

Broadcast rights

Starting with the 2013-14 NBA season, Time Warner Cable has acquired broadcast rights for 20 years for all pre-season, regular season and playoff games that are not broadcast nationally in the United States. The contract is valued at $ 3 billion.

Celtics-Lakers rivalry

There has been a strong rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics since the Lakers joined the league, which peaked in the 1960s and 80s. Both teams met twelve times in the NBA finals, of which the Celtics won nine series. The skin color of the stars of the respective teams also played an important role. While the stars of the Lakers consisted mostly of players of African American origin (Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, Worthy, Baylor, Chamberlain or Scott ), the stars of the Celtics consisted mainly of players of European origin ( Bird , Cowens , McHale , Cousy , Havlicek , Ainge or Heinsohn ).


  • Phil Jackson: The Last Season. A Team in Search of Its Soul. Penguin, New York 2004, ISBN 1-59420-035-1 .
  • Roland Lazenby: The Show. The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It. McGraw-Hill, New York 2006, ISBN 0-07-143034-2 .
  • Charly Rosen: The Pivotal Season. How the 1971-1972 LA Lakers Changed the NBA. Dunne, New York 2005, ISBN 0-312-32509-6 .

Web links

Commons : Los Angeles Lakers  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Los Angeles Lakers Reproduction Guideline Sheet (login and password: nbamedia), NBA Media Central, June 25, 2008
  2. Torsten Meyer: Journey through the city of angels. 2015, ISBN 978-3-7386-2083-2 .
  3. Record triumph against Los Angeles. In: Sportbild. March 13, 2007 ( ( Page no longer available , search in web archives: bild.t-online.de )).@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.bild.t-online.de
  4. ESPN LA, Lamar Odom is moving to Dallas.
  5. It's official: Howard dealt to Lakers in four-team trade ( Memento from August 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Steve Nash headed to Lakers after sign-and-trade with Suns
  7. Spurs rout Lakers 93-80 for 3rd straight win ( Memento of the original from November 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nba.com
  8. Wolves win the lottery
  9. D'Angelo Russell secretly films Nick Young and is edited
  10. Luke Walton becomes Lakers coach. spox.com, April 30, 2016, accessed April 30, 2016 .
  11. ^ LA Times: Television Broadcasting Rights 2013-2014 to 2033-2034
  12. SBB: $ 3 billion TV deal ( memento of the original from February 17, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.sportsbybrooks.com