LA Lakers NBA Trivia– A Storied History

Dean Riley - 16 Dec 2021

The mighty Los Angeles Lakers, or LA Lakers for short, enjoy a rich, colourful, and certainly storied history within the NBA. There’s loads of NBA trivia about this team, and we’re taking a look back in time.

Established in 1947, they had their humble beginnings in the purchasing of a disbanded squad, then known as the Detroit Gems. Once brought together as a new team, they began playing in Minneapolis. As such, they called themselves the Minneapolis Lakers.

Initially part of the National Basketball League (NBL), they won the 1948 championship shortly before linking up with the rival Basketball Association of America.

They eventually located to Los Angeles directly head of the 1960-61 campaign.

Early Talents

Back then it would be Hall of Famers Jerry West and Elgin Baylor seen leading LA. So good a team were they becoming, that in the 1960s, they made the finals an impressive six times.

They would however wait until 1972 before winning their first NBA title in Los Angeles.

By the time the 1980s rolled around, it would be the time for Magic Johnson to shine. With a fast break-offense led by the undisputed master, LA went on to win an unheard-of five championship titles over the span of nine years. Led at the time by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley, they made the most of what they had in Johnson, James Worthy and multiple-MVP winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The Big Turn-Around

Following the retirement of Johnson and Jabbar, the Lakers made their way struggling into the early 1990s. But that was before they acquired the likes of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in 1996 – with the duo turning LA’s fortune’s around immediately after.

Led by Phil Jackson, Los Angeles would go on to win three NBA titles in a row between 2000 and 2002. NBA trivia fans would know that they would repeat this feat across two more championships when they won more titles in 2009 and 2010.

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The Era Of Kobe Bryant

LeBron James aside, in a modern-day Lakers era, it’s nearly impossible not to single out the legendary Kobe Bryant.

A dominant and forceful scorer, a young Bryant joined the NBA straight out of high school. During his time with the Lakers, the masterful shooter helped power his squad to five NBA championships. And in 2008, he celebrated an MVP award with LA.

While most of his later seasons with the squad had been married by injuries, he managed to successfully surpass Michael Jordan for nabbing third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Bryant retired from playing pro-league basketball in 2016.

Sadly, he was killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.

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