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Los Angeles Lakers History

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Name Origin:

When the Detroit Gems moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, the new owners changed the name to Minneapolis Lakers. What does Lakers mean? There's not much solid data about the origin of the name. The NBA's website lately says it is in reference to the "The Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's nickname, But other version indicates that it makes reference to the name of a type of cargo ship used on the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river.

Franchise History:

Season 1946-47 Detroit Gems (NBL)
Season 1947-48: Minneapolis Lakers (NBL)
Season 1948-49: Minneapolis Lakers (BAA)
From 1949-50 to 1959-60: Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
From 1960-61 to the present: Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

* Note: the BAA league is the origin of the NBA and its titles are officially considered as NBA titles.

NBA Titles:

A total of 16 championships: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980,
1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.
Los Angeles Lakers appeared in 31 of the NBA's 68 finals (this data includes 2013-14)
and is the second team with more titles won among 17 teams with titles (complete list) :

Championships
NBA Finals
Boston Celtics 17 21
Los Angeles Lakers 16 31
Chicago Bulls 6 6
San Antonio Spurs 5 6

Most Valuable Players (MVP):

8 times Lakers players won the Season MVP award
(complete list of Lakers MVPs...)
and 12 times the Finals MVP
(complete list of Lakers finals MVPs ...)

Coaches:

24 coaches have coached the Lakers, 5 of them won titles.
Phil Jackson and John Kundla won 5 each
(complete list of coaches...)

Retired Jersey's 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 (The NBA logo is his silhouette)
(52). Jamaal Wilkes 
Two banners were raised at Staples Center in the 2001-02 season, one representing the Minneapolis Lakers players and coach in the Hall of Fame: players George Mikan, Slater Martin, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Clyde Lovellette and coach John Kundla; the other banner is in recognition of the five championships they won before the team moved west to L.A. in 1960.

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Lakers NBA statistics year by year:

Lakers
Champion
Regular Season Playoffs
Year W L % W L % Champion
  2013-14 27 55 .329 - - - San Antonio Spurs
  2012-13 45 37 .549 0 4 .000 Miami Heat
  2011-12 41 25 .621 5 7 .385 Miami Heat
  2010-11 57 25 .695 4 6 .400 Dallas Mavericks
NBA 2009-10 57 25 .695 16 7 .696. Los Angeles Lakers
NBA 2008-09 65 17 .793 16 7 .696. Los Angeles Lakers
Western Conference 2007-08 57 25 .695 14 7 .667 Boston Celtics
  2006-07 42 40 .512 1 4 .200 San Antonio Spurs
  2005-06 45 37 .549 3 4 .428 Miami Heat
  2004-05 34 48 .415 - - - San Antonio Spurs
Western Conference 2003-04 56 26 .683 13 9 .591 Detroit Pistons
  2002-03 50 32 .610 6 6 .500 San Antonio Spurs
NBA 2001-02 58 24 .707 15 4 .789 Los Angeles Lakers
NBA 2000-01 56 26 .683 15 1 .937 Los Angeles Lakers
NBA 1999-2000 67 15 .817 15 8 .652 Los Angeles Lakers
  1998-99 31 19 .620 3 5 .375 San Antonio Spurs
  1997-98 61 21 .744 7 6 .538 Chicago Bulls
  1996-97 56 26 .683 4 5 .444 Chicago Bulls
  1995-96 53 29 .646 1 3 .250 Chicago Bulls
  1994-95 48 34 .585 5 5 .500 Houston Rockets
  1993-94 33 49 .402 - - - Houston Rockets
  1992-93 39 43 .476 2 3 .400 Chicago Bulls
  1991-92 43 39 .524 1 3 .250 Chicago Bulls
Western Conference 1990-91 58 24 .707 12 7 .632 Chicago Bulls
  1989-90 63 19 .768 4 5 .444 Detroit Pistons
Western Conference 1988-89 57 25 .695 11 4 .733 Detroit Pistons
NBA 1987-88 62 20 .756 15 9 .625 Los Angeles Lakers
NBA 1986-87 65 17 .793 15 3 .833 Los Angeles Lakers
  1985-86 62 20 .756 8 6 .571 Boston Celtics
NBA 1984-85 62 20 .756 15 4 .789 Los Angeles Lakers
Western Conference 1983-84 54 28 .659 14 7 .667 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1982-83 58 24 .707 8 7 .533 Philadelphia 76ers
NBA 1981-82 57 25 .695 12 2 .857 Los Angeles Lakers
  1980-81 54 28 .659 1 2 .500 Boston Celtics
NBA 1979-80 60 22 .732 12 4 .750 Los Angeles Lakers
  1978-79 47 35 .573 3 5 .375 Seattle SuperSonics
  1977-78 45 37 .549 1 2 .333 Washington Bullets
  1976-77 53 29 .646 4 7 .364 Portland Trail Blazers
  1975-76 40 42 .488 - - - Boston Celtics
  1974-75 30 52 .366 - - - Golden State Warriors
  1973-74 47 35 .573 1 4 .200 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1972-73 60 22 .732 9 8 .529 New York Knicks
NBA 1971-72 69 13 .842 12 3 .800 Los Angeles Lakers
  1970-71 48 34 .585 5 7 .417 Milwaukee Bucks
Western Conference 1969-70 46 36 .561 11 7 .611 New York Knicks
Western Conference 1968-69 55 27 .671 11 7 .611 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1967-68 52 30 .634 10 5 .667 Boston Celtics
  1966-67 36 45 .444 0 3 .000 Philadelphia 76ers
Western Conference 1965-66 45 35 .563 7 7 .500 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1964-65 49 31 .613 5 6 .455 Boston Celtics
  1963-64 42 38 .525 2 3 .400 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1962-63 53 27 .663 6 7 .462 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1961-62 54 26 .675 7 6 .538 Boston Celtics
  1960-61 36 43 .456 6 6 .500 Boston Celtics
  1959-60 25 50 .333 5 4 .556 Boston Celtics
Western Conference 1958-59 33 39 .458 6 7 .462 Boston Celtics
  1957-58 19 53 .264 - - - St. Louis Hawks
  1956-57 34 38 .472 2 4 ..333 Boston Celtics
  1955-56 33 39 .458 2 2 .500 Phil. Warriors
  1954-55 40 32 .556 3 4 .429 Syracuse Nationals
NBA 1953-54 46 26 .639 9 4 .692 Minneapolis Lakers
NBA 1952-53 48 22 .686 9 3 .750 Minneapolis Lakers
NBA 1951-52 40 26 .606 9 4 .692 Minneapolis Lakers
1950-51 44 24 .647 3 4 .429 Rochester Royals
NBA 1949-50 51 17 .750 11 2 .846 Minneapolis Lakers
BAA 1948-49 44 16 .733 8 2 .800 Minneapolis Lakers
W L % W L %
TOTAL 3,197 2,008 .614 440 297 .597
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