History Of The Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a long and storied history, predating the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Founded in 1947, the Lakers are one of the NBA's most famous and successful franchises. As of summer 2012, the Lakers hold the all-time records for wins (3,125), winning percentage (.620), and NBA Finals appearances (31). The Lakers have won 1 NBL title and 16 BAA/NBA titles. They are second in NBA championships only to the Boston Celtics, who have won 17 NBA titles. Their rosters have included some of the game's greatest players, including George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant.
Read more about History Of The Los Angeles Lakers: 1946-58: Minneapolis and George Mikan, 1958-75: Enter Los Angeles, 1975-79: The Captain: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1979-91: "Showtime", 1991-96: The Lean Years, 1996-2004: Return To Glory, 2004–07: Rebuilding, 2007-2011: Bryant and Gasol, 2011–present: Post-Jackson Era
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