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The Los Angeles Lakers is a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. They are notable for having the highest number of wins (2,621), the highest winning percentage (61.9%), the most number of finals appearances (28), and the second most championships (14). They also have the record for most number of consecutive wins in a season (33). Los Angeles Lakers logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... NBA logo The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Downtown Los Angeles skyline facing northeast toward the San Gabriel Mountains on a clear winter day. ...

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General information

  • 2004-05 Record: 34-48

This article discusses the National Basketball League, a defunct professional league in the United States. ... The Staples Center is the center of the future Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District which broke ground in 2004. ... The Great Western Forum, known in Los Angeles simply as The Forum, is an indoor arena in Inglewood, California. ... Alternate uses: Purple (disambiguation) Purple is any of a group of colors intermediate between blue and red. ... See also List of colors Categories: Stub | Colors ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1952 - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1982 is a number and represents a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar Events January January 6 - William Bonin is convicted of being the freeway killer. January 8 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions January 11 - Mark Thatcher, son of the British Prime... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Miscellaneous information

  • As the Minneapolis Lakers, the team holds the record for the lowest-scoring NBA game ever played along with the Fort Wayne Pistons. On November 22, 1950, the Lakers were leading until the fourth quarter, when the Pistons pulled ahead to win 19 to 18. This took place in a time before efforts were made to speed up gameplay, such as the addition of the shot clock.
  • Los Angeles is the only city to have two NBA teams (the other is the Los Angeles Clippers.)
  • The 2004-05 season marks only the fourth time the Laker franchise has failed qualifying for the post-season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960.

The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and subsequently, the score) in a competitive sport. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ...

Players of note

Basketball Hall of Famers

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born April 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season long career between the center and power forward positions. ... Wilton Norman Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, though he only won two NBA championships. ... James Clifford Jim Pollard (b. ... Arild Verner Agerskov Vern Mikkelsen (born October 21, 1928 in Fresno, California) is a former pro basketball player. ... Slater Nelson Martin (born October 22, 1925 in El Mina, Texas) is a former pro basketball player. ... Elgin Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, DC) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 15 seasons for the NBAs Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers. ... Gail Goodrich (born April 23, 1943 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He is best-known for his part in the 1972 streak when the Los Angeles Lakers won 33 games consecutively, and won the NBA championship. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ... Kareem Abdul Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York) was a successful high school, collegiate, and professional NBA basketball player. ... Clyde Lovellette (born September 7, 1929 in Petersburg, Indiana) is a former professional basketbal player, the first basketball player in history to play on an NCAA, Olympics and NBA championship squad. ... James Ager Worthy (b. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 29, 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia) has had one of the most successful careers ever in professional basketball, first as a player, then as a coach and finally as an executive. ... George Lawrence Mikan (born June 18, 1924 in Joliet, Illinois) is a former basketball player from the United States. ...

Not to be forgotten:

Jamaal Abdul-Lateef Wilkes (born Jackson Keith Wilkes on June 2, 1953 in Berkeley, California) was a National Basketball Association player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. ... Michael Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently assistant coach of the NBAs Denver Nuggets, and a former NBA player who spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Byron Anton Scott (born March 28, 1961 in Ogden, Utah) is a former NBA player and current head coach of the New Orleans Hornets. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal, nicknamed Shaq (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is known as one of the National Basketball Associations most dominant basketball players. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Andalusia, Alabama) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs and is recognised as one of the greatest clutch shooters in modern NBA history. ... Derek Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a NBA player for the Golden State Warriors. ... Karl Malone (born July 24, 1963 in Summerfield, Louisiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... Gary Payton (born July 23, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is commonly referred to by fans as simply, The Glove, in recognition of his reputation for playing tenacious defense. ... Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a National Basketball Association player for the Los Angeles Lakers; he is also the son of NBA player Joe Jellybean Bryant. ...

Retired numbers:

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, though he only won two NBA championships. ... Elgin Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, DC) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 15 seasons for the NBAs Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers. ... Gail Goodrich (born April 23, 1943 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He is best-known for his part in the 1972 streak when the Los Angeles Lakers won 33 games consecutively, and won the NBA championship. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ... Kareem Abdul Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York) was a successful high school, collegiate, and professional NBA basketball player. ... James Ager Worthy (b. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 29, 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia) has had one of the most successful careers ever in professional basketball, first as a player, then as a coach and finally as an executive. ... Francis Dayle Hearn (27 November 1916 _ 5 August 2002), pro basketball announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers, better known by the moniker Chick Hearn, is famous for coining the terms Slam dunk, air ball, no harm, no foul, and for broadcasting 3,338 consecutive Lakers games starting in 1965. ...

Current Players

Starters:

  • Kobe Bryant - Shooting Guard, 6'6", 220
  • Lamar Odom - Power Forward, 6'10", 225
  • Caron Butler - Small Forward, 6'7", 215
  • Chucky Atkins - Point Guard, 5'11", 160
  • Chris Mihm - Center, 7'0", 265

Reserves: Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a National Basketball Association player for the Los Angeles Lakers; he is also the son of NBA player Joe Jellybean Bryant. ... Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979 in Jamaica, New York) is an NBA basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... James Caron Butler is, as of 2004, a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...

  • Vlade Divac - Center, 7'1", 260
  • Brian Cook - Power Forward, 6'9", 235
  • Tierre Brown - Point Guard, 6'2", 190
  • Devean George - Small Forward, 6'8", 240
  • Brian Grant - Center, 6'9", 255
  • Jumaine Jones - Small Forward, 6'8", 220
  • Slava Medvedenko - Power Forward, 6'10", 250
  • Luke Walton - Small Forward, 6'8", 235

Rookies: Divac playing for the representation Vlade Divac is an NBA player born on February 3, 1968 in Prijepolje, Yugoslavia (now Sandzak in Serbia and Montenegro). ... Brian Cook (born December 4, 1980) is a Power foward on the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980 in San Diego, California) is a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...

  • Sasha Vujacic - Shooting Guard, 6'7", 195
  • Tony Bobbitt - Guard, 6'4", 190

Draft Picks (June 2004):

  • Sasha Vujacic
  • Marcus Douthit

Coaches and others

Francis Dayle Hearn (27 November 1916 _ 5 August 2002), pro basketball announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers, better known by the moniker Chick Hearn, is famous for coining the terms Slam dunk, air ball, no harm, no foul, and for broadcasting 3,338 consecutive Lakers games starting in 1965. ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... The Boston Celtics are a National Basketball Association team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Born July 3, 1916, Star Junction, Pennsylvania. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant (born May 20, 1927) is best known as the legendary head coach of the American football team the Minnesota Vikings. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Dr. Jerry Buss is a former real estate developer, a basketball team owner, and a poker player. ... Patrick James Pat Riley (born March 20, 1945 in Rome, New York) is a celebrated basketball coach who has won four NBA titles as coach, in addition to earning one as a player. ... Philip Douglas Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) was the head coach of the NBA Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, and of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004. ... Rudy Tomjanovich (born November 24, 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan) is best known as a basketball player and coach. ...

External links

National Basketball Association
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: Boston Celtics | New Jersey Nets | New York Knicks | Philadelphia 76ers | Toronto Raptors
Central Division: Chicago Bulls | Cleveland Cavaliers | Detroit Pistons | Indiana Pacers | Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division: Atlanta Hawks | Charlotte Bobcats | Miami Heat | Orlando Magic | Washington Wizards
Western Conference
Northwest Division: Denver Nuggets | Minnesota Timberwolves | Portland Trail Blazers | Seattle SuperSonics | Utah Jazz
Pacific Division: Golden State Warriors | Los Angeles Clippers | Los Angeles Lakers | Phoenix Suns | Sacramento Kings
Southwest Division: Dallas Mavericks | Houston Rockets | Memphis Grizzlies | New Orleans Hornets | San Antonio Spurs

  Results from FactBites:
 
Los Angeles Lakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1702 words)
The Lakers are notable for having (at the end of the 2005–06 season) the most wins (2,806), the highest winning percentage (61.5%), the most finals appearances (28), and the second most championships (14) of any franchise behind their chief rivals the Boston Celtics.
However, during the 1996-1997 offseason, the Lakers acquired Shaquille O'Neal from the Orlando Magic and newly-drafted Kobe Bryant from the Charlotte Hornets.
The Lakers are also known for their long-time play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn, who called their games on local radio and television from March, 1961 through the end of the 2002 season, including a record streak of 3,338 consecutive games beginning November 21, 1965.
The Los Angeles Lakers - Los Angeles Times (1130 words)
As the Lakers get set to start their 28th season under his ownership, Jerry Buss talks about gradually handing over the team to son Jim and daughter Jeanie.
The Lakers and the Clippers took the court at Staples Center on Thursday night for what was to be an exhibition basketball game.
LAS VEGAS — The Lakers have some bookkeeping to take care of in the next two weeks, decisions to make on contract extensions and options that will occupy General Manager Mitch Kupchak and the coaching staff until the season opener.
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