Los Angeles Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers
First Season
1948-49
Team History
Los Angeles Lakers (1960-present)
Minneapolis Lakers (1948-60)
Conference/Division
National Basketball Association (1949-present)
  • Western Conference (1970–present)
    • Pacific Division (1970-present)
  • Western Division (1950-70)
  • Central Division (1949-50)

Basketball Association of America (1948-49)

  • Western Division (1948-49)
Venue
Staples Center (1999-present)
The Forum (1967-99)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (1960-67)
Minneapolis Armory (1959-60)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1947-1959)

The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association, based out of Los Angeles, California. They began play in 1947 as the Detroit Gems of the short-lived Professional Basketball League of America. When the league folded the rights to the Gems were purchased and the franchise was moved to Minnesota. The rechristened Minneapolis Lakers joined the National Basketball League and won the 1947-48 league championship.

The Lakers quit the NBL in 1948 and switched to the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The BAA and NBL merged in 1949 to form the National Basketball Association, making the Lakers a charter NBA franchise. The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960.

Publications

Home programs by season

Season/Date Type Opponent Venue
1950s
Minneapolis Lakers
November 22, 1951 Regular Season Rochester Royals Minneapolis Auditorium
1951-52 NBA Finals New York Knicks Minneapolis Auditorium
1952-53 Regular Season n/a Minneapolis Auditorium
1953-54 Regular Season Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Auditorium
1954-55 Regular Season Syracuse Nationals Minneapolis Auditorium
1955-56 Regular Season n/a Minneapolis Auditorium
1956-57 Regular Season n/a Minneapolis Auditorium
February 14, 1958 Regular Season St. Louis Hawks Minneapolis Auditorium
1958-59 Regular Season Detroit Pistons Minneapolis Auditorium
1959-60 Regular Season St. Louis Hawks Minneapolis Auditorium
1960s
Los Angeles Lakers
October 9, 1960 Preseason Boston Celtics Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1960-61 Postseason St. Louis Hawks Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1961-62 Regular Season Syracuse Nationals Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1962-63 Regular Season St. Louis Hawks Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1962-63 NBA Finals Boston Celtics Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1963-64 Regular Season Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1964-65 Regular Season New York Knicks Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1964-65 NBA Finals Boston Celtics Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1965-66 Regular Season Boston Celtics Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1965-66 Postseason St. Louis Hawks Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1965-66 NBA Finals Boston Celtics Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
November 11, 1967 Regular Season Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
December 31, 1967 Regular Season San Diego Rockets The Forum
January 10, 1968 Regular Season New York Knicks The Forum
1967-68 Postseason San Francisco Warriors The Forum
1967-68 NBA Finals Boston Celtics The Forum
1968-69 Regular Season n/a The Forum
March 21, 1969 Regular Season Atlanta Hawks The Forum
1968-69 NBA Finals Boston Celtics The Forum
1969-70 Postseason Phoenix Suns The Forum
1969-70 Postseason Atlanta Hawks The Forum
1969-70 NBA Finals New York Knicks The Forum
1970s
1971-72 NBA Finals New York Knicks The Forum
1972-73 Postseason Chicago Bulls The Forum
1972-73 NBA Finals New York Knicks The Forum
1980s
1981-82 NBA Finals Philadelphia 76ers Spectrum, The Forum
1982-83 NBA Finals Philadelphia 76ers Spectrum, The Forum
October 18, 1986 Preseason Chicago Bulls Smith Center
October 24, 1988 Preseason New Jersey Nets Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
1990s
1999-2000 NBA Finals Indiana Pacers Staples Center, Conseco Fieldhouse
2000s
2000-01 NBA Finals Philadelphia 76ers Staples Center, First Union Center
2001-02 NBA Finals New Jersey Nets Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Continental Airlines Arena
2007-08 NBA Finals Boston Celtics TD Banknorth Garden, Staples Center
2008-09 NBA Finals Orlando Magic Staples Center, Amway Arena
2010s
2011-12 Regular Season n/a Staples Center

Media guides and yearbooks by season

Media guides

1950s 1958-59
1960s 1961-62 • 1962-63 • 1963-64 • 1964-65 • 1968-69
1970s 1971-72 • 1973-74 • 1975-76 • 1977-78 • 1978-79 • 1979-80
1980s 1981-82 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1989-90
1990s 1992-93 • 1993-94 • 1999-2000
2010s 2014-15 • 2015-16 • 2016-17 • 2017-18 • 2018-19 • 2019-20

Yearbooks

1960s 1966-67
2000s 2000-01
2010s 2019-20
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Eastern Conference Atlantic Central Southeast
Boston Celtics (TD Garden)
Brooklyn Nets (Barclays Center)
New York Knicks (Madison Square Garden)
Philadelphia 76ers (Wells Fargo Center)
Toronto Raptors (Scotiabank Arena)
Chicago Bulls (United Center)
Cleveland Cavaliers (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)
Detroit Pistons (Little Caesars Arena)
Indiana Pacers (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Milwaukee Bucks (Fiserv Forum)
Atlanta Hawks (State Farm Arena)
Charlotte Hornets (Spectrum Center)
Miami Heat (American Airlines Arena)
Orlando Magic (Amway Center)
Washington Wizards (Capital One Arena)
Western Conference Northwest Pacific Southwest
Denver Nuggets (Ball Arena)
Minnesota Timberwolves (Target Center)
Oklahoma City Thunder (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
Portland Trail Blazers (Moda Center)
Utah Jazz (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
Golden State Warriors (Chase Center)
Los Angeles Clippers (Staples Center)
Los Angeles Lakers (Staples Center)
Phoenix Suns (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
Sacramento Kings (Golden 1 Center)
Dallas Mavericks (American Airlines Center)
Houston Rockets (Toyota Center)
Memphis Grizzlies (FedExForum)
New Orleans Pelicans (Smoothie King Center)
San Antonio Spurs (AT&T Center)
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