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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (the NBA). The Los Angeles Lakers play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors. Lakers tickets will surely be hard to come by during the 2014-2015 NBA schedule.
Los Angeles Lakers 2014-2015 Outlook
We could spend this slide talking about Kobe Bryant’s triumphant return from injury or Byron Scott’s old-timey rejection of the three-point shot.
We could touch on the potential of rookie Julius Randle, the breakout possibilities for Ed Davis or the over/under on screams per game from Carlos Boozer (6 apparently).
But no. No. It’s far too soon for that. The grief is still too raw.
Steve Nash, officially was ruled out for the 2014-2015 NBA season due to recurring nerve damage.
Even if we all saw this coming long ago, the stark reality that one of the game’s most transformative trendsetters is finished doesn’t hurt any less. This is a loss for the NBA—one mitigated only mildly by how much the league gained from Nash’s offensive genius and entertaining style.
Truthfully, a healthy Nash wouldn’t have made a real difference for the Los Angeles Lakers this year—not at age 40 and not for a team that has precisely zero above-average defensive players. L.A. was almost certainly a lottery team in the crowded West before he went down, and it’ll remain one without him.
The Los Angeles Lakers play their home games at the Staples Center. The Staples Center opened in 1999. The Staples Center is located in downtown L.A. next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex. It is named after Staples office-supply company which purchased the naming rights to the center. In addition to hosting Los Angeles Lakers NBA home games, the Staples Center also hosts all of the home professional basketball games for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, all of the home professional basketball games for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (the WNBA), all of the home professional hockey games for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (the NHL), and all of the home professional football games for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (the AFL). The Staples Center host 250 events each year and is the only arena in the country to host 5 professional sports franchises. The current Staples Center seating capacity holds 18,997 devoted die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fans. The Staples Center has also played host to numerous memorable and historic concerts and special events during its 10 year history, including the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, the annual Grammy Awards since 2000 (with the exception of 2003), and numerous blockbuster wrestling events like Unforgiven 2002, Judgment Day 2004, 2005’s Wrestlemania 21 and 2007’s No Way Out.
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The Los Angeles Lakers franchise originally started in the city of Detroit, Michigan in 1946. The franchise played in the National Basketball League (the NBL) as the Detroit Gems during the 1946-1947 season. After finishing the season with the worst record in the NBL, the team moved to Minneapolis and played as the Minneapolis Lakers during the 1947-1948 season. The Minneapolis Lakers won the 1948 NBL Championship behind the dominant play of center George Mikan. Following the 1948 NBL season, 4 teams from the NBL joined the Basketball Association of America (the BAA) – the Minneapolis Lakers, the Rochester Royals, the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Indianapolis Jets. The following year, the BAA merged with the NBL to form the NBA and the Minneapolis Lakers were a charter member of the NBA. The Minneapolis Lakers dominated play during the early years of the NBA, winning 5 championships – 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1954 - in only 6 years. Hall of Famers George Mikan, Vern Mickelsen, Jim Pollard, Slater Martin and Clyde Lovellette led these early Lakers Championship teams.
The Los Angeles Lakers have retired the following players’ numbers: Elgin Baylor’s #22; Gail Goodrich’s #25; Magic Johnson’s #32; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #33; James Worthy’s #42; and Jerry West’s #44. The Los Angeles Lakers have also retired the “microphone” of long-time Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn who passed away in 2002. In addition to the banners honoring the Los Angeles Lakers identified above, the Los Angeles Lakers have also hung a banner honoring 6 Hall of Famers who played for the Minneapolis Lakers and were instrumental in winning 5 NBA Championships from 1949 through 1956. Those 6 individuals were: John Kundla, Head Coach; George Mikan’s #99; Jim Pollard’s #17; Vern Mickelsen’s #19; Slater Martin’s #22; and Clyde Lovellette’s #34. Lakers #34 has not been re-issued since Shaquille O’Neal was traded, as that number will likely be retired for him once he retires from league play.