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.
Season 1946-47 Detroit Gems (NBL)
Season 1947-48: Minneapolis
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.
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 67 finals (this data includes 2012-13)
and is the second team with more titles won among 17 teams with titles (complete list) :
|Los Angeles Lakers
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 ...)
24 coaches have coached the Lakers, 5 of them won titles.
Phil Jackson and John Kundla won 5 each
(complete list of coaches...)
Lakers NBA statistics
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