43 Uniqe Dates in Los Angeles Lakers History
1947: The Lakers franchise begins when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen of Minnesota purchased the recently disbanded Detroit Gems. Inspired by Minnesota's nickname, the team names themselves the Lakers.
August 3, 1949: The Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the NBA. The BAA included the Minneapolis Lakers
November 22, 1950: The Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in Minneapolis in the lowest-scoring game in NBA history.
April 12, 1954: The Minneapolis Lakers became the first team to win three NBA titles in a row by defeating the Syracuse Nationals 87-80 in Game 7 of the 1954 NBA Finals.
October 22, 1958: Elgin Baylor made his debut for the Minneapolis Lakers at home against the Cincinnati Royals. The Lakers won 99-79.
1961: The Lakers decide to move the franchise to Los Angeles, becoming the NBA's first West Coast team.
April 25, 1965: Jerry West of Los Angeles averaged 46.3 points per game as the Lakers defeated the Baltimore Bullets in six games in the 1965 Western Division Finals. West scored at least 40 points in every game in posting the highest scoring average for a playoff series in NBA history.
November 21, 1965: Chick Hearn began his streak of broadcasting consecutive Los Angeles Lakers' games. By the end of the 2000-01 season, Hearn had broadcast 3,301 consecutive Lakers games, including preseason and playoff games.
November 5, 1971: Los Angeles Lakers forward Elgin Baylor retires. Five years later, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
May 7, 1972: The Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 4-1 in the NBA Finals, capturing their first league championship since moving to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
January 7, 1972: The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports.
March 26, 1972: The Los Angeles Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to finish the season at 69-13 (.841), at the time the best record in NBA history.
October 3, 1974: Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers, dubbed "Mr. Clutch" for his performances on the court, retired after playing 14 seasons in the NBA. West scored 25,192 points during his career, along with averaging 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games.
October 12, 1979: Magic Johnson made his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers. The Lakers won 103-102.
May 16, 1980: Rookie guard Magic Johnson filled in at center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and came up with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title by beating Philadelphia 123-107 in Game 6 of the Finals. Johnson sank all 14 of his free throw attempts to set a Finals record and he was named the Finals MVP. Johnson's 42 points were the most scored by a rookie in an NBA Finals game.
October 30, 1981: Pat Riley made his NBA coaching debut for the Los Angeles Lakers.
October 29, 1982: James Worthy made his debut for the Lakers.
June 9, 1985: The Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston 111-100 in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was unanimously voted NBA Finals MVP -- at 38, the oldest player ever to gain that honor.
January 10, 1986: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scored his 34,000th career point, the only NBA player to reach that milestone.
May 19, 1987: Magic Johnson was named the NBA Most Valuable Player after averaging 23.9 ppg and a league-high 12.2 apg, becoming the first guard in 23 years to gain that honor.
June 14, 1987: The Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up their fourth NBA title in eight years as they beat Boston 106-93 in Game 6 of the Finals, behind 32 points from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 16 points and 19 assists from Finals MVP Magic Johnson.
June 21, 1988: James Worthy posted the first triple-double of his career with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Detroit 108-105 in Game 7 of the Finals to become the first NBA team to successfully defend its title since the Boston Celtics in 1968 and 1969.
January 24, 1990: Pat Riley gets his 500th victory.
March 20, 1990: The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's No. 33 in honor of the NBA's all-time leading scorer.
November 7, 1991: Magic Johnson retired from the NBA after disclosing that he had tested positive for the HIV virus. Johnson, who helped lead the Lakers to five NBA titles in his 12 seasons with the team, retired as the league's all-time leader in career assists with 9,921.
February 16, 1992: The Los Angeles Lakers officially retired Magic Johnson's #32 jersey at halftime of the Celtics-Lakers game at the Great Western Forum. Johnson became the fifth Lakers player to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
December 10, 1995: James Worthy became the sixth player in Los Angeles Lakers' history to have his jersey retired, when the team retired his No. 42 jersey at halftime of the game against Detroit at the Great Western Forum.
May 4, 1996: Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced his retirement from the NBA.
January 30, 1996: Magic Johnson comes out of retirement, helping lead the Lakers to 128-118 victory over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. Johnson had last appeared in an NBA game during the 1991 NBA Finals against Chicago.
January 19, 1998: Los Angeles Lakers' broadcaster Chick Hearn announced his 3,000th consecutive game. Hearn last missed a broadcast on November 20, 1965.
June 16, 1999: The Los Angeles Lakers named Phil Jackson as head coach.
November 3, 1999: The Los Angeles Lakers debut in their new home, Staples Center.
August 7, 2000: The Los Angeles Lakers announced the retirement of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry West, named Mitch Kupchak to succeed West.
June 15, 2001: The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 108-96 in Game 5 of NBA Finals 2001, completing the most dominating playoff run in NBA history. The Lakers posted a 15-1 record and .937 winning percentage in NBA Playoffs 2001, both NBA records.
June 12, 2002: The Los Angeles Lakers completed a sweep of the 2002 NBA Finals and won their third consecutive title. The Lakers became the fifth team in NBA history to win at least three straight titles. With the victory, Coach Phil Jackson tied Red Auerbach's mark of nine titles.
July 14, 2004: Shaquille O'Neal was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook and a future first-round choice. This marked the official end to the Shaq-Kobe era in L.A.
August 5, 2005: Legendary Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, who called 3,338 consecutive Lakers games, dies at the age of 83.
November 2, 2005: Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum becomes the youngest player ever to play in a regular season NBA game at 18 years, six days.
January 22, 2006: Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory against the Toronto Raptors. His point total in that game is the second-highest in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
December 25, 2008: The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, making Phil Jackson the sixth coach to win 1,000 games. He also became the fastest to 1,000, usurping Pat Riley.
June 14, 2009: With the Lakers 99-86 win over the Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Phil Jackson collects his 10th title and passes Red Auerbach for the most coaching championships in NBA history.
February 3, 2010: Phil Jackson records his 534th win as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach, passing Pat Riley for the most wins in franchise history.
July 12,2012: With a right-handed runner in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers 103-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets, Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points for his career. At 34 years, 104 days old, Bryant breaks Wilt Chamberlain's record of 35 years, 179 days.
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