5 Fast Facts About the Historic Los Angeles NBA Team
American professional basketball team Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful team to play in the NBA to date. They are based in Los Angeles.
The team has existed for over seventy years and has produced star players and historic wins over that time. Here are some facts about the Lakers that you ought to know.
Origin of Name
The Lakers were officially formed back in 1947 under the name ‘Detroit Gems’.
They moved to Minneapolis where they went by the name Minneapolis Lakers. The team finally attained the name “Lakers” after moving to Minnesota, and playing in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”.
The Los Angeles Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
The Lakers hold the crown for the longest winning streak. In their 1971-1972 seasons, the team surprisingly won 33 games in a row. The team amassed 69 regular-season wins, a record that stood for 24 years.
They have played for three leagues: the NBL, the BAA, and the NBA. They have accumulated 16 league championships, 29 conference titles, and a whopping 31 division crowns. They have won 16 NBA championships.
Four Lakers, namely Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant, have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.
The Lakers have retired a total of ten jerseys since they began. Retiring a jersey typically means that no matter who joins the team, they will never occupy that specific number for the jersey.
A list of ten remarkable Lakers players has had the honor bestowed on them for exemplary work on the court.
These players include Kobe Bryant (8 & 24)Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Abdul-Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44), and Jamaal Wilkes (52).
Kobe was the tenth player to have his number retired. On Kobe’s retiring numbers, controlling owner Jeanie Buss had this to say. “Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time.
There was never any doubt this day would come, the only question was when. Once again, Lakers fans will celebrate our hero, and once again, our foes will envy the legendary Kobe Bryant.”
According to a recent study, the Lakers have the most loyal and engaged fans in the league.
According to a study by Fanatics on the “The Most Loyal NBA Fans,” Lakers fans ranked No. 2 only behind the Golden State Warriors. The rankings are based on average arena attendance, social media following, and jersey sales.
They are however ranked No. 1 in the NBA in social media following, where they have an average of 33 million followers between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They also lead in Jersey sales countrywide.
Their fan base stretches wider than from citizens alone as various celebrities have been known to cheer them in throughout the years.
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, and Andy Garcia are big fans of the Lakers. Actress/director Penny Marshall has been following the Lakers for decades.
She frequently wears Lakers’ gear and sometimes she even flies across the country to cheer on the team. Other famous women who are Lakers fans include Vanessa Hudgens, Ellen Pompeo, Charlize Theron, and Eliza Dushku.