The Los Angeles Lakers known as LAL is an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The team takes to participate in the NBA (National Basketball Association), as a member of the league’s Western Conference in the Pacific Division. At the Staples Center, the Lakers play as their home ground. The ground is also shared with Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association), and the National Hockey League team known as the Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles Lakers are one of the successful teams in the history of the NBA, and they have won 16 NBA Championship which is the second most just behind Boston Celtics.
Los Angeles Lakers Team Player Salaries
|Jared Dudley||34||2,564, 753|
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The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second “three-peat”. The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010 but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.
The Lakers hold the record for NBA’s longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers has played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.
On July 9, 2018, the Lakers signed LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million contract. By the Christmas Day game, the Lakers were six games over .500 before LeBron James sustained a groin injury leading to several weeks of missed games. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram also ended their seasons early due to injuries. On July 6, 2019, the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the number four overall in the 2019 draft.