The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in LA. They compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division.
The Lakers play their home games at LA’s Staples Center, shared with the other LA Basketball Team, The LA Clippers.
The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, having won 16 NBA championships to date (trailing only their rivals, the Boston Celtics).
In 2016, Forbes rated the LA Lakers the 3rd most Valuable Franchise, having an estimated value of $3 billion.
The franchise began with the purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1947. The team then moved to Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers in honor of the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes”.
The Lakers won their most recent championship in 2010, beating their Rivals the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
A total of 21 Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four have coached the team.
A total of four Lakers – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant – have won the NBA Most-Valuable-Player (MVP) Award for a total of eight awards.