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Los Angeles Lakers History

Los Angeles Lakers History:

Name Origin:

Laker was the name of a type of cargo ship used on the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river.
The name was selected when the franchise was located in Minneapolis.

Franchise History:

In the 1947/48 season: Minneapolis Lakers (NBL)
In the 1948/49 season: Minneapolis Lakers (BAA)
from the 1949/50 season to the 1959/60 season: Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
from the 1960/61 season to the present Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

NBA Titles:

- 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980,
1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2009.
- 15 championships and 30 conference titles.
- Los Angeles Lakers participated in 30 of the 63 NBA finals
and is the second franchise with more titles won.
* Note
: being the BAA the origin of the NBA, its championships are officially considered
NBA championships. The Lakers won the 1948/49 title in the final BAA season.
This is the complete list of NBA Champions (16 franchises) :

Franchise total Team Championship years
17 Boston Celtics 2007-08, 1985-86, 1983-84, 1980-81, 1975-76, 1973-74,
1968-69, 1967-68, 1965-66, 1964-65, 1963-64, 1962-63,
1 961-62, 1960-61, 1959-60, 1958-59, 1956-57
15 Los Angeles Lakers 2008-09, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1987-88, 1986-87, 1984-85,
1981-82, 1979-80, 1971-72
  Minneapolis Lakers 1953-54, 1952-53, 1951-52, 1949-50, 1948-49
6 Chicago Bulls 1997-98, 1996-97, 1995-96, 1992-93, 1991-92, 1990-91
4 San Antonio Spurs 2006-07, 2004-05, 2002-03, 1998-99
3 Detroit Pistons 2003-04, 1989-90, 1988-89
3 Golden State Warriors 1974-75
Philadelphia Warriors 1955-56, 1946-47
3 Philadelphia 76ers 1982-83, 1966-67
Syracuse Nationals 1954-55
2 Washington Bullets 1977-78
Baltimore Bullets 1947-48
2 New York Knicks 1972-73, 1969-70
2 Houston Rockets 1994-95, 1993-94
1 Seattle Supersonics 1978-79
1 Portland Trail Blazers 1976-77
1 Miami Heat 2005-06
1 Milwaukee Bucks 1970-71
1 St. Louis Hawks 1957-58
1 Rochester Royals 1950-51

Retired Jersey's Numbers:

- (13) Wilt Chamberlain
- (22) Elgin Baylor
- (25) Gail Goodrich
- (32) Magic Johnson
- (33) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- (42) James Worthy
- (44) Jerry West (The NBA logo is his silhouette)
- Two banners were raised at Staples Center in the 2001-02 season, one representing the Minneapolis Lakers in the Hall of Fame: players George Mikan, Slater Martin, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Clyde Lovellette and coach John Kundla; the other banner in recognition of the five championships they won before the team move west in 1960.
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Lakers Finals MVP Titles

Season Finals MVP Season MVP
2008-2009 Kobe Bryant  
2007-2008   Kobe Bryant
2001-2002 Shaquille O'Neal  
2000-2001 Shaquille O'Neal  
1999-2000 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal
1989-1990   Magic Johnson
1988-1989   Magic Johnson
1987-1988 James Worthy  
1986-1987 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson
1984-1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  
1981-1982 Magic Johnson  
1979-1980 Magic Johnson Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1976-1977   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1975-1976   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1971-1972 Wilt Chamberlain  
1968-1969 Jerry West *  
  * the first NBA Finals MVP and the only one that does not belong to the champion team (Boston Celtics)  
George Mikan, the first NBA superstar, shone in the Lakers that got 5 titles in 6 years, but the MVP title he'd have deserved wasn't established yet.

related sites: you can find more info about the Lakers history at Los Angeles Lakers Universe...

 

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