Multiple Eras of Excellence By Isaac Jamison The Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are considered to be the top franchise in the NBA because of the stars that have played there, and success that spans throughout the history of the NBA.
1st Great Era The Lakers franchise began in Minneapolis, their first season was 1947-48. The franchise pre-dates the NBA.
Laker Greats George Mikan was the original dominate big man in the NBA. Here’s some of what he achieved. 7x champion(2 before the NBA began) Was apart of the first 4 all-star teams Named the greatest player of the first half-century Named one the NBA’s 50 greatest players
1st Great Era Led by Mikan, the Lakers won the first ever NBA title in the 1949-50 season. During this first era the Lakers won 5 titles(including 3 in a row) and became the NBA’s 1st dynasty.
2nd Great Era (1960-1974) Although the Lakers won many games during their 2nd great era and played for the title many times, they only produced 1 NBA title during this time.
2nd Era The Lakers moved the team from Minneapolis to Los Angeles before the 1960-61 season. They became the first NBA team to move to the West coast. Their colors changed from blue and white to purple and gold.
Laker Greats The Lakers drafted Elgin Baylor with the first pick in the 1958 draft. Here are his career highlights. 11x NBA all-star Rookie of the year 1959 Named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players Holds the record for most points in a Finals game 61 points
Laker Greats Jerry West was drafted by the Lakers in 1960. His accomplishments include: 1972 NBA champion 14x all-star 10x all-NBA 1st team 3x NBA all-defensive team Named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players
Jerry West has two famous nicknames. “Mr. Clutch” because he was known to make great plays in the toughest situations… …his other nickname is “The Logo” because his likeness became the logo for the NBA. Laker Greats
Laker Greats Jerry West became the GM of the Lakers in 1982 and was responsible for the 3rd and 4th great eras. Welcome to LA! He convinced Shaq to sign with LA and in the same year drafted Kobe Bryant.
Laker Greats Although he only played 5 seasons in LA, Wilt Chamberlain is considered a Laker great because he was part of one of the best Laker teams ever . The 1971-72 team set an NBA record by winning 33 games in a row and won the title that year.
3rd Great Era (1980-1991) During this era, the Lakers won 5 titles and played in for the title 9 of these 11 years.
Laker Greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was acquired by the Lakers in 1975. His career highlights include: 6x NBA champion 6x NBA MVP 19x NBA all-star 10x all NBA 1st team 2x Finals MVP 5x NBA all-defensive team Rookie of the year 1970
Laker Greats I wish this was basketball You’re gonna wish this was basketball! Kareem was also one of Bruce Lee’s top students and even appeared in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death.
Laker Greats Olympian! Magic was a member of the world famous "Dream Team” in 1992. This was the first time pros were used to compete in Olympic basketball. That summer he helped earn a gold medal for the USA.
Laker Greats Magic Johnson is considered by many to be the greatest Laker of all time. His achievements include: 5x NBA champion 12x NBA all-star 9x all NBA 1st team 3x Finals MVP 3x NBA MVP Gold Medalist
3rd Era Championship or your money back!! Pat Riley coached the Lakers during their 3rd great era. He led them to 4 NBA titles during the 80’s. After winning in 1987, he shocked everyone by guaranteeing his team would win again the next year and they did it!
4th Great Era (2000-Present) Jerry West hired Phil Jackson to coach the Lakers before the 1999-00 season and so began the 4th great era!
Laker Greats Shaquille O’neal joined the Lakers in 1996 his accomplishments include: 4x NBA champion 15x NBA all-star 8x all NBA 1st team 3x Finals MVP NBA MVP Rookie of the year 1993
Laker Greats Kobe Bryant was drafted by the Lakers in 1996 by former Laker great Jerry West. Some now consider him the greatest Laker ever… 5x NBA champion 2x Finals MVP 12x NBA all-star 8x all NBA 1st team 8x all NBA defensive team NBA MVP 2008
Laker Greats The most points ever scored in an NBA game was 100 in 1962. No one ever came close to that record until Kobe Bryant scored 81 points!! 81 POINTS!
Laker Greats Olympian! Kobe led team USA to the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.
2000 4th Era 2001 The Lakers won 3 championships in a row from 2000-02! This era was nicknamed “the bling dynasty” Check out the rings! 2002
2010 NBA Champs! Repeat! This calls for more champagne! 4th Era The Lakers traded Shaq after the 2004 season but Kobe and Phil continued to win. Together they’ve won the last 2 NBA titles. 2009 NBA champs!
Laker Titles The Lakers have won 16 NBA championships throughout multiple eras… …and out of all the NBA Finals ever played, the Lakers have competed in almost half!