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The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. They are notable for having (at the end of the 2004–05 season) the most wins (2,621), the highest winning percentage (61.9%), the most finals appearances (28), and the second most championships (14), behind the Boston Celtics who have 16. They also have the record for most consecutive wins in a season (33). Los Angeles Lakers Players
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Conference Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1946
History Detroit Gems
1946-1947
Minneapolis Lakers
1947-1960
Los Angeles Lakers
1960-present
Arena Staples Center
City Los Angeles, California
Team Colors Purple, and Gold
Head Coach Phil Jackson
Owner Jerry Buss
Championships 14 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Conference Titles 28 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
Division Titles 26 (1951, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2004)


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The Lakers began in 1947 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen bought the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League for $15,000 and relocated it to Minneapolis. As the Gems had by far the worst record in the NBL, the Lakers had the first pick in the 1947 dispersal draft, which they used to select George Mikan, later to become, arguably, the greatest center of his time. With Mikan, new coach John Kundla and an infusion of former University of Minnesota players, the Lakers won the NBL championship in that 1947-48 season and joined four other NBL teams in jumping to the Basketball Association of America, where they promptly won the 1948-49 BBA championship. The NBL and BBA merged to become the NBA in 1949.

The Minneapolis Lakers were one of the dominant teams of the fledgling NBA. With Hall of Famers George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen, Jim Pollard, Slater Martin, and Clyde Lovellette, they were the NBA's first "dynasty", winning five championships in six years (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954).

After their move to Los Angeles in 1960, the team featured Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain, but despite the wealth of talent, they were repeatedly foiled by the Boston Celtics, losing the championship to them six times in eight years. It wasn't until 1972 when they strung together a record 33-game win streak under Coach of the Year Bill Sharman that they were able to secure their first championship in Los Angeles.

However, even with the addition of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they weren't able to win another championship until the arrival of Earvin "Magic" Johnson in 1979, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to an MVP performance by the rookie Magic, who, starting for the injured Kareem, had 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists to clinch the series. Under coach Pat Riley, a former Laker player, the Lakers then went on to dominate the 1980s, appearing in the finals eight times in the decade and being crowned champions five times, including consecutive championships in 1987 and 1988, the first team to do so since Boston in 1969.

In a December 9, 1977 game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets center Kevin Kunnert got into a fight with the Lakers' Kermit Washington. As Houston guard Rudy Tomjanovich ran over to the two, Washington turned and blindly swung his fist. The powerful blow landed squarely on the face of a running Tomjanovich, causing massive jaw, eye, and cheek injuries; Tomjanovich's skull was also fractured when his head hit the floor. That shocking scene became the defining moment of not only the Rockets' 1977-78 season (a conference finals team the previous year, collapsed into last place with a 28-54 record) but also of two basketball players' professional careers. Tomjanovich, displaying the "heart of a champion", spent the next five months in rehab returning to play as an NBA all-star.

Although they made another finals appearance in 1991, they spent most of the 1990s fielding teams that were not considered legitimate championship contenders. During the 1999-2000 season, however, they were able to make it back to the Finals when Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Phil Jackson proved to be the winning combination, taking three consecutive championships. After missing out in 2003, a retooled Lakers team featuring newcomers Karl Malone and Gary Payton roared into the 2004 finals heavily favored to win, only to lose to Detroit in five games.

The following summer, the team was ripped apart. Personality conflicts between Shaq and Kobe came to a head. Shaq demanded to be traded, and was sent to the Miami Heat. Malone retired, Payton was traded to the Boston Celtics, and Phil Jackson left, replaced by Rudy Tomjanovich, who left the team part way through his first season.

Kobe led the retooled young team but the results were anything but positive and the Lakers ended up missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, and the first time in Kobe's professional career. In the 2005-06 season, fans have reason to be optimistic, thanks to the return of Jackson, and are looking for the Lakers to make the playoffs and currently hold possession of the eighth seed in the Western Conference as of February 26, 2006.

The team is renowned for the fanbase of famous celebrities, such as musicians and movie stars who attend its games. However, its most avid fans are actor Jack Nicholson and the California-based popular funk-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers who attend every game. There's even a rumor that singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea attend even the preseason games as a measure of their dedication to the team. The song "Magic Johnson", a tribute to the Showtime Lakers, can be found on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' album Mother's Milk.

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Cassell's 8 help Clippers beat Lakers (AP via Yahoo! News) The old guy, bad back and all, came to the rescue of the Los Angeles Clippers when they needed it the most. Sam Cassell had eight points and three assists in the fourth quarter, helping the Clippers rally from a 10-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-110 on Thursday night for their most significant win of the season.

Clippers defy Kobe, beat Lakers 118-110 (AP via Yahoo! News) After scoring a career-high 39 points in the Los Angeles Clippers' most important game of the season, Corey Maggette said he was just grateful to be on the winning side. And upset about missing seven free throws. Maggette scored 10 points and Sam Cassell added eight during a 26-8 run to finish the game, giving the Clippers a 118-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Maggette's career-high helps Clips top Lakers, Kobe's 50 (USA Today) Corey Maggette scored a career-high 39 points, Elton Brand added 32, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-110 Thursday night despite Kobe Bryant's 50 points. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Clippers (38-40), who are tied with Golden State for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Both trail the seventh-place Lakers by 1 ...

NBA's Clippers edge Lakers despite Bryant's 50 points (AFP via Yahoo! News) Corey Maggette had a career-high 39 and Elton Brand added 32 for the Los Angeles Clippers, who edged crosstown rivals the Lakers Thursday despite another 50-point effort by Kobe Bryant.

Clippers Defy Kobe, Beat Lakers (Washington Post) Corey Maggette scores a career-high 39 points, Elton Brand adds 32, and the Clippers rally to beat the Lakers, 118-110, despite Kobe Bryant's 50 points.

Cassell's 8 Help Clippers Beat Lakers (ABC News) Sam Cassell's 8 Points in the 4th Help Clippers Rally From 10-Point Deficit, Beat Lakers

Clippers come back to beat Lakers (Fox Sports) Corey Maggette scored a career-high 39 points, Elton Brand added 32, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-110 Thursday night despite Kobe Bryant's 50 points. Bryant's nine 50-point games this season are the most in the NBA since Wilt Chamberlain scored at least 50 nine times in the 1964-65 season. Chamberlain averaged a record 50.4 points three years earlier.

Clippers Defy Kobe, Beat Lakers 118-110 (ABC News) Corey Maggette and Elton Brand Help Clippers Defy Kobe Bryant, Defeat Lakers 118-110

Clippers show they are tough, and Lakers cry (Los Angeles Times) T HE CLIPPERS proved themselves to not only be tougher and more team-oriented than the Lakers on Thursday night — making it twice in the last eight days — but they also demonstrated more class.

NBA: LA Clippers 118, LA Lakers 110 (UPI) Corey Maggette and Elton Brand combined for 71 points Thursday night as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied past the LA Lakers, 118-110.

 
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Tom Abernethy
Lucius Allen
Chucky Atkins
 
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Zelmo Beaty
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Ron Boone
Bob Boozer
Sam Bowie
Chucky Brown
Kwame Brown
Tierre Brown
Kobe Bryant
Caron Butler
Andrew Bynum
 
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Butch Carter
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Doug Christie (basketball)
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Brian Cook
Michael Cooper
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Adrian Dantley
Brad Davis (basketball)
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