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The Lakers’ franchise was founded in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Minneapolis, where the team got its official title from the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” The Lakers won five championships before relocating to Los Angeles in the 196061 NBA season. The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. In 1972, the Lakers won their sixth title under Coach Bill Sharman. The Lakers’ popularity soared in the 1980s when they won five additional championships during a nine-year span with the leadership of Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and coach Pat Riley, the franchise’s all-time leader in both regular season and playoff games coached and wins. Two of those championships during that span were against their arch-rivals, the Boston Celtics. With the help of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers played in five of the nine NBA Finals in the 2000s, winning three of them consecutively from 2000 to 2002 and losing the last two in 2004 and, most recently, the 2008 NBA Finals without O’Neal.
The Lakers hold records for having the most wins, the highest winning percentage, the most NBA Finals appearances, the second fewest non-playoff seasons with five, and the second-most NBA championships with 14, behind the Boston Celtics’ 17. They also hold the record for compiling the longest consecutive win streak in U.S. professional team sports in the 197172 seasons, 14 Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famer have coached the team. Four Lakers have won the NBA Most Valuable Player award.
Given the team’s proximity to Hollywood, the large Lakers fan base includes many celebrities, most of whom can regularly be seen at the Staples Center during home games. Jack Nicholson, for example, has held season tickets since the 1970s. From 2002 and 2007 the team averaged just over 18,900 fans, which was still in the top ten in the NBA. The team sold out every home game during the 200708 seasons. Their television ratings are higher than other NBA teams; the 2008 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics drew a 9.3 rating, which were higher than the 2007 NBA Finals. According to Forbes magazine, the Lakers are the second most valuable basketball franchise in the United States, valued at approximately $584 million, surpassed only by the New York Knicks. Los Angeles Lakers tickets have and always will be the talk of the NBA. With the past, present and future success that the Lakers strive for the sky is the limit for the Purple and Gold.