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Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Lakers first season to enter the National Basketball league was in the 1947-1948 season and has since been the most successful team in the history of NBA and have won 16 championships, their last being in 2010. The Los Angeles Lakers are the second most valuable NBA team in the world and are estimated to be worth six hundred and forty three million dollars according to the Forbes Magazine.
The Los Angeles Lakers were originally known as the Detroit Gems and they began their play in Minneapolis where they won five titles propelled by a superstar known as George Mikan who is described as the leagues first superstar before they relocated to Los Angeles. They won their first league title in Los Angeles in 1972 and they play their home games at Staples Centre which opened up in 1999 with seats up to 19,060 for Lakers games. The Los Angeles Lakers have a number of records under their name and they hold the overall record for the National Basketball Association longest winning streak which was set during the 1971-1972 season where they had an unbeaten record of 33 games.
The Los Angeles Lakers have acted as famous ground for sixteen Hall of Famers who have played for them during their dominance in the game and four have coached the team. Four Lakers namely Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Awards for a total of eight awards. The Lakers have had a number of good coaches like Jerry West who led them to nine NBA finals appearances in the 1960’s-1970 and head coach Phil Jackson who led the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships while on the other hand such players as Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant have been termed as the most valuable players in NBA history of all times and have helped so far in the Los Angeles Lakers successes.
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