History of the Lakers

Trevor Ariza helped the LA Lakers win the championship in 2009.

Chase K.

Trevor Ariza helped the LA Lakers win the championship in 2009.

Many basketball teams have achieved greatness and even turned into mega organizations, but one of the most popular and loved ones is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers have competed in NBA championships, winning 16 out of the 31 times they have gone to the finals. With the Lakers being the more popular team in Southern California, the Lakers have had the most history out of all the famous organizations in the NBA.

The start of the Lakers is in 1949 as a small team that just joined the NBA (National Basketball Association). As the team was originally located in Minnesota, the name “The Lakers” came from “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but they finally settled on the Lakers. Going up against rivals such as the Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers have lasted through many seasons of basketball where new stars are built, and old veterans retire.

In the years 1947-1960, the Lakers were named the Minnesota Lakers, and in 1960- present, they relocated to the famous Los Angeles. Players like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal played for the Lakers and won many championships to add the collection they have built throughout the years. Together with Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant, they carried their team to a 3-peat in the NBA finals. This may be considered the golden age of the Lakers while they still made the playoffs almost every season. After Kobe Bryant retired from professional basketball, the Lakers turned into a team that was consistently on the bottom half of the standings, due to the fact that there were not many good players that could lead the team to a championship win.

From 2015 to 2018, the Lakers became a laughing stock of the NBA where they did not get good records every season. In 2018, things changed after star player of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, joined the Lakers. This news made Laker fans happy as they had a player that could lead his team to victory in a championship. All the hyped-up fans got sadly deceived as the team failed to gain victories against competing teams even though they had a star player. New additions to the well-known team include Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and Kyle Kuzma. So far the team has gone with 7 wins and 1 loss, making fans believe they might make the playoffs. 

The Lakers started out strong in their early days as a team, but later on, they declined rapidly and immensely. Even though the Lakers might not be the best team in the NBA, they still are the favorites to some hardcore fans.