Owning a strong squad with the top stars in the basketball village like LeBron James, Anthony Davis. Los Angeles Lakers is one of the basketball teams with the highest performance in the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers compete in the NBA as a member of the Western Basketball League – Pacific Region. Founded in 1947 in Minneapolis, LA Lakers was originally called the Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers quickly won the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1948 before joining the American Basketball Association (BAA). At that time, George Mikan led the Lakers to win five of the six consecutive championships at BAA. However, in the late 1950s, due to financial reasons and Mikan’s retirement, the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1960-61 season.
In the 1960s, Los Angeles Laker led by Elgin Baylor and Jerry West took them six times to the NBA finals. However, the consecutive defeat of the Celtics opened a long-running rivalry between the two teams. In 1968, the Los Angeles Lakers won the Wilt Chamberlain – The most valuable NBA player at the time. In 1972, for the first time in LA, the Lakers won their sixth NBA championship with the guidance of head coach Bill Sharman. After West and Chamberlain retired, the Los Angeles Lakers bought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, also one of the most valuable players in the NBA, though it could not make the team to the finals of the seasons end of the 70s.
In the ’80s, Los Angeles Laker was led by Magic Johnson, the team impressed with the rapid break-offense phase so they were called by the nickname “Showtime”. The Lakers won five championships in a nine-year period including the contributions of Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy and the guidance of coach Pat Riley. In the early 1990s, Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar retired, making the LA Lakers struggle until the purchase of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo and the direction of training celebrity Phil Jackson, the Lakers regained their form and won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002. After that, the team continued to win in 2009 and 2010, however, the following years LA The Lakers did not regain their glory a decade ago.
Despite the many problems at the moment, the Los Angeles Lakers are still one of the most successful basketball teams in the American Professional Basketball League . As of 2015, the estimated value of the Lakers amounted to $ 2.7 billion with a series of remarkable achievements such as: holding a record with a long series of victories – 33 consecutive matches set during the 1971-1972 season; the second team to have the most championships in the NBA with 16 trophies lifting times; 31 times to win Western Union and 23 times to be regional champion. Besides Los Angeles also holds many legends of the basketball village such as Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, etc.
With the current squad and the top 2 basketball players of the tournament, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and defense experts such as Avery Bradley, Danny Green or Quinn Cook, Los Angeles Lakers be qualified to believe that you are the team with the best defense in the league.