Some of the Best Moments of the LA Lakers
The truth is that the basketball world either loves the LA Lakers or hates them. Most of us have witnessed most of the great moments of LA history right in our own living rooms if not in the game arena itself where many championship streaks were achieved and game winning clutch shots that have left us on the edge of our seats. There have been players in the LA Lakers teams throughout the years that have etched their names in the annals of the sports. LA Lakers, with their famous purple and gold uniforms have entertained us, made up jump for joy, made us cry, and made many memorable moments that we can always remember with warmth in our hearts.
Here are some of the most memorable moments in the life of the LA Lakers. So this is one for the fans, both past and present, to remember the greatness of your team.
The name Lakers was derived from the place where they originally came from which has many lakes. They were then the Minnesota Lakers until they became the LA Lakers in 1960 when they relocated to Los Angeles which would be their home as they made their name the greatest one in NBA history. The support for the LA Lakers in the following years have become worldwide that it has become one of the most loved and followed team in the NBA.
1979 was a great year when Jerry Buss bought the team and made it what it is today. With this ownership came the drafting of Magic Johnson who would be instrumental in making the LA team a force to be reckoned with in court.
Memorable moments does not only include the victories and the greatness, but also the disappointments and failures. In 1991, the NBA world was shocked to receive news of Magic Johnsons retirement from basketball after finding out that he had HIV. Following the retirement of Magic Johnson, the team declined in their performance in the following years.
Fresh out of high school, one of the greatest players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant, was drafted in 1996. He was 13th pick of the Charlotte Hornets who traded him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. This trade would change the history of the LA Lakers and the whole NBA as well.
The Kobe-Shaq tandem became another force to be reckoned with. In 1996, Shaq a free agent, signed up with LA Lakers. From 2000 to 2002, the Kobe-Shaq team would terrorize other NBA teams for a 3-peat championship.
Kobe scored 81 points against the Toronto raptors in 2006.
You can also name their 2009 and 2010 crowns as memorable moments, Kobes injury and retirement, and the coming of LeBron James.