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1947

Minneapolis Lakers Team Formation

The Lakers' franchise began in 1947 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen of Minnesota purchased the recently disbanded Detroit Gems franchise of the National Basketball League (NBL) for $15,000 from Gems founder/owner C. King Boring, and business partner Maury Winston. Inspired by Minnesota's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the team rechristened themselves the Lakers.
1960

Move to Los Angeles

In 1957, the team was nearly sold to Kansas City interests who planned to relocate it there, before a local group helmed by businessman Bob Short purchased the team and kept it in Minneapolis. The new ownership was unable to cure the team's financial ills, however.

After considering moves to Chicago and San Francisco, Bob Short decided to move the franchise to Los Angeles prior to the 1961 season, making the Lakers the NBA's first West Coast team. The Lakers did not change their name after this second move, despite the general scarcity of natural lakes in southern California.
1967

"Fabulous" Forum

The Lakers moved to Cooke's brand-new arena, The "Fabulous" Forum, in 1967

The circular, US$16 million structure was designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Charles Luckman and was intended to evoke the Roman Forum. The arena seats 17,505, for basketball, 16,005, for ice hockey and up to 18,000 for concerts; it has no luxury suites, but held an unprecedented 2,400 club seats for events. In excess of 70 percent of the seats were located between the goals and no seat is more than 170 feet from the playing surface.
1972

33 Straight Wins

By winning 33 straight games, Los Angeles set a record for longest winning streak of any team in American professional sports. 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 - 1996.
1979

Draft Ervin "Magic" Johnson

In the 1979 NBA Draft, Los Angeles selected 6-foot, 9-inch point guard Magic Johnson from Michigan State with the first overall pick. It took Johnson's teammates time to acclimate themselves to his passing ability, as his "no-look" passes often caught them unaware. Once they adjusted, his passing became a key part of Los Angeles' offense.
1982

NBA Finals Winners - First 8 NBA Finals Wins

NBA Finals - 1982
The 1982 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1981 - 1982 NBA season, the top level of competition in men's professional basketball in North America. The series saw the Los Angeles Lakers face the Philadelphia 76ers. It was a rematch of the 1980 NBA Finals, which the Lakers won 4-2.

NBA Finals - 1980
The 1980 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1979 - 1980 NBA season. In Game 6, Magic Johnson played what may have been the greatest game of his career. Playing on the road in Philadelphia, Magic (a 6'9" point guard) started the game at center and eventually played all 5 positions in a dominating performance. Scoring a game-high 42 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds—and handing out 7 assists—Magic Johnson led the Lakers to the NBA crown.

NBA Finals - 1972
The 1972 NBA World Championship Series was played at the conclusion of the 1971 - 1972 NBA season. The Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Eastern Conference Champion New York Knicks in five games. The Los Angeles Lakers got their first NBA championship since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.

NBA Finals - 1954
The 1954 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1954 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1953 - 1954 season. The Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers faced the Eastern champion Syracuse Nationals in a best-of-seven series with Minneapolis having home-court advantage. The Lakers won their third consecutive NBA championship and their sixth title in seven years dating from 1948, the club's final season as a member of the National Basketball League.

NBA Finals - 1953
The 1953 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1953 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1952 - 1953 season. The Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers faced the Eastern champion New York Knicks in a best-of-seven series with Minneapolis having home-court advantage. By winning four games to one, the Lakers won their fifth title in six years dating from 1948, the club's final season in the National Basketball League.

NBA Finals - 1952
The 1952 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1952 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1951 - 1952 season. Western Division champion Minneapolis faced Eastern Division champion New York in a best-of-seven series with Minneapolis having home-court advantage. Minneapolis won game one and the teams thereafter alternated victories, Minneapolis winning the decisive game by a 17-point margin at home on Friday, April 25.

NBA Finals - 1950
The 1950 NBA Finals was the championship round of the inaugural National Basketball Association 1949 - 1950 season. Central Division champion Minneapolis winning over Eastern Division champion Syracuse in a best-of-seven series with Syracuse having home-court advantage.

NBA Finals - 1949
The six games of the final series were played in ten days Monday, April 4, to Wednesday, April 13 – with one day off except after game three, the first of three played in Washington (Minneapolis led 3–0). Prior to its start, however, Minneapolis had been idle for five days, having qualified on the preceding Tuesday; Washington idle for only one day, having qualified on Saturday. The entire playoff tournament extended 23 days.
2010

NBA Finals Winners - Second 8 NBA Finals Wins

NBA Finals - 2010
The 2010 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2009 - 2010 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

NBA Finals - 2009
The 2009 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2008 - 2009 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant was named NBA Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 2002
The 2002 NBA Finals was the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship series for the 2001 - 2002 season. The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the Los Angeles Lakers, champions of the Western Conference and two-time defending NBA champions, and the New Jersey Nets, champions of the Eastern Conference. The Lakers swept the Nets, four games to none, to win the franchise's 14th NBA championship. The 56th edition of the championship series was played between June 5 and June 12 and was broadcast on NBC.

NBA Finals - 2001
The 2001 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2000 - 2001 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

NBA Finals - 2000
The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1999 - 2000 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1988
The 1988 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1987 - 1988 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. James Worthy was named NBA Finals MVP. The Lakers became the first team since the Boston Celtics in 1969 to repeat as champions, a feat that coach Pat Riley guaranteed the previous offseason.

NBA Finals - 1987
The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1986 - 1987 NBA season. The match took place between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The Lakers won 4–2, beating the Celtics in the Finals. The key moment of the series was Magic Johnson's junior sky hook in Game 4. This was the tenth time that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals and would also mark the Celtics' last appearance overall until the two teams met again in 2008.

NBA Finals - 1985
The 1985 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1984 - 1985 NBA season. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Celtics four games to two to defeat the Celtics for the first time in Laker history in the NBA Finals.

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Team Information Team History

City:
Minneapolis - Los Angeles

Nickname:
Lakers - Given that Minnesota is "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," they settled on Lakers. When the Lakers moved to Los Angeles before the 1960 season, their nickname was retained, in part because of the tradition the team had established in Minnesota.

Arena:
Staples Arena
2000 - present
The "Fabulous" Forum
1967 - 1999
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1960 - 1967

*Minneapolis*
Minneapolis Auditorium
1947 - 1960

Owner:
Buss Family Trust
2013 - present
Jerry Buss
1979 - 2013
Jack Kent Cooke
1965 - 1979
Bob Short
1957 - 1965

Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen
1948 - 1957

Established: 1947

League History:
National Basketball Association
1949 - present

Basketball Association of America 
1948 - 1949
National Basketball League
1947 - 1948

Team History:
Los Angeles Lakers
1960 - present

Minneapolis Lakers
1947 - 1948, 1948 - 1960

NBA Championships: 16
2010, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1982, 1980, 1972, 1954, 1953, 1952, 1950, 1949

Retired Numbers:
13 Wilt Chamberlain
22 Elgin Baylor
25 Gail Goodrich
32 Magic Johnson
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
34 Shaquille O'Neal
42 James Worthy
44 Jerry West
52 Jamal Wilkes
MIC Chick Hearn

Mascots:
No Mascot

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Comments  

-3 #2 Bob 2015-12-25 19:41
Quoting Sparhawk:
Lakers are only one championship away from tying the Celtics. When will that happen?

The Los Angeles Lakers have ONLY 11 NBA championships. Even most of the Minneapolis championships were NOT in the NBA.
The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFL championship in 1960. There was no Super Bowl then. We don't credit the Philadelphia Eagles with 1 Super Bowl championship.
The Philadelphia Athletics won 5 World Series championships befor moving to Kansas City and then Oakland. The Oakland Athletics won 3 consecutive World Series championships. The Oakland Athletics DON'T have 8 World Series championships.
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-1 #1 Sparhawk 2013-09-09 06:35
Lakers are only one championship away from tying the Celtics. When will that happen?
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