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How the Lakers received their earlier 16 championships

The Workforce: George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Herm Schaefer, Don Carlson, Arnie Ferrin, Tony Jaros, Jack Swan, Donnie Forman, Whitney Kachan, Mike Bloom, Johnny Jorgensen, Earl Gardner, Jack Tingle, Don Smith, Ray Ellefson

The Season: Because the Nationwide Basketball League and Basketball Affiliation of America merged to grow to be the NBA, the Lakers had the nice fortune of touchdown George Mikan, previously of the disbanded Chicago American Gears. At 6-10 and 245 kilos, Mikan was dominant, averaging 28.Three factors and three.6 assists per recreation. The Lakers completed one recreation behind Rochester within the West, however simply defeated the Royals within the playoffs.

Prime playoff performances: Mikan, 30.Three ppg; Pollard 13.Zero ppg, 3.9 apg; Schaefer 12.Four ppg

The Workforce: George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Arnie Ferrin, Herm Schaefer, Don Carlson, Bob Harrison, Slater Martin, Tony Jaros, Paul Walther, Gene Stump, Billy Hassett, Bud Grant, Normie Glick

The Season: Within the first official season of the NBA, the Lakers continued to be a drive due to Mikan. He averaged 27.Four factors per recreation within the common season, one among simply two gamers to common above 20. Vern Mikkelsen started to point out his worth as effectively, with 14.1 factors per recreation. This crew confirmed that the Lakers had been changing into the NBA’s first dynasty.

Prime playoff performances: Mikan 31.Three ppg, 3.Zero apg; Mikkelsen 13.Zero ppg; Pollard 12.Zero ppg, 4.7 apg

Championship: Minneapolis Lakers 4, New York Knicks 3

The Workforce: George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Whitey Skoog, Bob Harrison, Howie Schultz, Lew Hitch, Joe Hutton, John Pilch, Pep Saul

Coach: John Kundla

The Season: The NBA widened the foul lane prior this season in hopes of slowing down Mikan, however he nonetheless averaged 23.Eight factors per recreation. He was additionally tops in a brand new statistic, rebounds, with 13.5 per recreation. Mikkelsen and Pollard excelled there too, with 10.Three and 9.1 rebounds per recreation, respectively. The Knicks supplied a problem within the Finals, forcing the Lakers’ first Sport 7.

Western Division Semifinals: Defeated the Indianapolis Olympians 2-0

Western Division Finals: Defeated the Rochester Royals 3-1

Prime playoff performances: Mikan 23.6 ppg, 15.9 rpg; Pollard 16.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg; Mikkelsen 13.Three ppg, 8.5 rpg; Martin 4.Three apg

1952-53 (48-22)

Championship: Minneapolis Lakers 4, New York Knicks 1

The Workforce: George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen, Jim Pollard, Slater Martin, Pep Saul, Bob Harrison, Jim Holstein, Lew Hitch, Whitey Skoog, Howie Schultz

Coach: John Kundla

The Season: With basically the identical lineup as its championship crew the yr earlier than, the Lakers completed first within the West. Although Mikan’s numbers (20.6 ppg) had been decrease, Mikkelsen and Pollard picked up the slack. Minneapolis was 7-Zero in opposition to Fort Wayne within the common season, however almost slipped in opposition to the Pistons within the division finals. They beat the Knicks with a median margin of victory of simply 6.5 factors.

Western Division Semifinals: Defeated Indianapolis Olympians 2-0

Western Division Finals: Defeated Fort Wayne Pistons 3-2

Prime playoff performances: Mikan 19.Eight ppg, 15.Four rpg; Pollard 14.Three ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.1 apg; Mikkelsen 12.Zero ppg, 8.7 rpg

1953-54 (56-26)

By 1954, the Minneapolis Lakers had received 5 titles in six years. Entrance row, from left: Max Winter, tall males Jim Pollard and George Mikan (holding the trophy collectively), coach John Kundla, Bob Harrison, Don Carlson, Slater Martin and Buddy Hassett (kneeling). Again row, Sid Hartman, Herman Schaffer, Vern Mikkelsen (simply seen behind Schaffer), Bud Grant, Arnie Feerin and Tony Jaros.  (Star Tribune)

Championship: Minneapolis Lakers 4, Syracuse Nationals 3

The Workforce: George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Clyde Lovellette, Whitey Skoog, Pep Saul, Dick Schnittker, Jim Holstein, Jim Fritsche, Bob Harrison

Coach: John Kundla

The Season: The fifth championship season in six years for the Lakers was the final for Coach John Kundla and for Mikan. The addition of rookie Clyde Lovellette helped to ease the dependence on Mikan, who struggled with knee issues. The duo helped the crew grow to be the primary NBA crew to win three consecutive titles. Mikan introduced his retirement after the season and have become the crew’s common supervisor.

Western Division Semifinals: In a Spherical Robin-style playoff between the three finest groups within the Western Division, the Lakers defeated the Rochester Royals and received two video games in opposition to the Fort Wayne Pistons.

Western Division Finals: Defeated the Rochester Royals 2-1

Prime playoff performances: Mikan 19.Four ppg, 13.2 rpg; Pollard 12.Three ppg, 8.5 rpg; Lovellette 10.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg; Martin 4.6 apg

1971-72 (69-13)

Lakers guard Jerry West (44) drives to his left whereas Wilt Chamberlain units a display screen through the 1972 NBA Finals in opposition to the New York Knicks.  (Related Press)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, New York Knicks 1

The Workforce: Gail Goodrich, Jerry West, Jim McMillian, Wilt Chamberlain, Comfortable Hairston, Elgin Baylor, Flynn Robinson, Pat Riley, Keith Erickson, John Trapp, Leroy Ellis, Jim Cleamons

Coach: Invoice Sharman

The Season: Within the first championship season since their transfer to Los Angeles 11 years earlier than, the Lakers set a report with 69 regular-season wins, which might not be damaged for 24 seasons. On Nov. 5, 1971, the Lakers beat the Baltimore Bullets to start a 33-game win streak which didn’t finish till Jan. 9, 1972. The mark nonetheless stands because the longest profitable streak in NBA historical past.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Chicago Bulls 4-0

Western Convention Finals: Defeated Milwaukee Bucks 4-2

Prime playoff performances: Goodrich, 23.Eight ppg; West, 22.9 ppg, 8.9 apg; Chamberlain 14.7 ppg, 21.Zero rpg; Hairston 13.5 ppg, 13.1 rpg

1979-80 (60-22)

Lakers rookie Magic Johnson holds the Sport Journal Nationwide Basketball Affiliation’s trophy he acquired as Most Useful Participant of the NBA Finals after a ceremony in New York on Could 20, 1980.  (Related Press)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2

The Workforce: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon, Jim Chones, Spencer Haywood, Michael Cooper, Mark Landsberger, Ron Boone, Kenny Carr, Don Ford, Brad Holland, Marty Byrnes, Ollie Mack, Butch Lee

Coach: Jack McKinney/Paul Westhead

The Season: ” Showtime” started as 20-year outdated rookie Magic Johnson impressed this gifted crew to first place within the Pacific Division and the Lakers started to determine themselves as a dynasty as soon as once more. After 4 shut video games within the Finals, Abdul-Jabbar turned in a 40-point efficiency in Sport 5 regardless of spraining his ankle. With Abdul-Jabbar out, Johnson stepped up in Sport 6, his 42 factors and 15 rebounds main the Lakers.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-1

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Seattle Supersonics 4-1

Prime playoff performances: Abdul-Jabbar, 31.9 ppg, 12.1 rpg; Johnson 18.Three ppg, 10.5 rpg, 9.Four apg; Wilkes 20.Three ppg, 8.Zero rpg; Nixon 16.9 ppg, 7.Eight apg

1981-82 (57-25)

The 1981-82 Lakers 57-25, first in Pacific Division, and defeated Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Finals, 4-2.

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2

The Workforce: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon, Mitch Kupchak, Michael Cooper, Bob McAdoo, Mike McGee, Kurt Rambis, Mark Landsberger, Eddie Jordan, Clay Johnson, Jim Brewer, Kevin McKenna

Coach: Paul Westhead/Pat Riley

The Season: The Lakers got here into the season seeking to avenge a shocking loss to Houston within the first spherical of the 1981 playoffs. With Johnson again from a knee harm and the additions of coach Pat Riley and sixth man Bob McAdoo, the Lakers swept Phoenix and San Antonio with a median margin of victory of 11 factors and completed with a playoff report of 12-2.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-0

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-0

Prime playoff performances: Johnson 17.Four ppg, 11.Three rpg, 9.Three apg; Abdul-Jabbar 20.Four ppg, 8.5 rpg; Nixon 20.Four ppg, 8.1 apg; Wilkes 20.Zero ppg

1984-85 (62-20)

The Lakers’ Kurt Rambis, left, coach Pat Riley, heart, and Magic Johnson, proper, have fun with the remainder of the crew within the locker room after beating the Boston Celtics in Sport 6 to win the 1985 NBA Finals.  (Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Instances)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 2

The Workforce: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, Ronnie Lester, Larry Spriggs, Mike McGee, Mitch Kupchak, Bob McAdoo, Chuck Nevitt, Earl Jones

The Coach: Pat Riley

The Season: Johnson’s 13.Three assists per recreation fueled “Showtime” and resulted within the 22.7 and 16.1 ppg averages of Abdul-Jabbar and Worthy. A yr faraway from one more loss to Boston within the Finals, the Lakers appeared set to avenge. After a brutal 148-114 loss in Sport 1, referred to as the “Memorial Day Bloodbath,” Los Angeles got here again to defeat Boston within the Finals for the primary time.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Portland Path Blazers 4-1

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-1

Prime playoff performances: Johnson, 17.5 ppg, 15.2 apg; Abdul-Jabbar, 21.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg; Worthy, 21.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg

1986-87 (65-17)

Magic Johnson and his Lakers teammates have fun the series-clinching victory to the 1987 NBA Finals.  (Los Angeles Instances)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 2

The Workforce: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott, Wes Matthews, Michael Cooper, A.C. Inexperienced, Mychal Thompson, Adrian Department, Billy Thompson, Frank Brickowski, Mike Smrek

The Coach: Pat Riley

The Season: Following one among solely two seasons by which they did not make the NBA Finals within the ’80s, the Lakers received 65 video games and continued to dominate within the playoffs. The Lakers went 11-1 to achieve the championship. Johnson took his place on high of the crew, main in factors (23.9), assists (12.2) and steals (1.7) per recreation. He was named common season and Finals MVP.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Golden State Warriors 4-1

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Seattle Sonics 4-0

Prime playoff performances: Worthy, 23.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg; Johnson, 21.Eight ppg, 12.2 apg, 7.Four rpg; Abdul-Jabar, 19.2 ppg, 6.Eight rpg.

1987-88 (62-20)

Lakers coach Pat Riley hugs Magic Johnson throughout their locker room celebration after profitable the 1988 NBA Finals in opposition to the Detroit Pistons on June 21, 1988 in Los Angeles.  (Nathaniel S. Butler / Getty Photos)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Detroit Pistons 3

The Workforce: Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott, Jeff Lamp, Milt Wagner, Wes Matthews, Michael Cooper, A.C. Inexperienced, Billy Thompson, Ray Tolbert, Tony Campbell, Mychal Thompson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Smrek

The Coach: Pat Riley

The Season: As Abdul-Jabbar started to age, Worthy and Scott stepped up their scoring. The 2 mixed to common 38 factors on the season. Johnson helped to spice up that whole with a median of 11.9 assists through the common season. The defeat of the Detroit Pistons gave the Lakers their first back-to-back NBA titles because the Minneapolis crew received three straight within the 1950s.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Utah Jazz 4-3

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Dallas Mavericks 4-3

Prime playoff performances: Johnson, 19.9 ppg, 12.6 apg; Worthy, 21.1 ppg, 5.Eight rpg; Scott, 19.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg

1999-2000 (67-15)

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O’Brien trophy as teammate Shaquille O’Neal holds the MVP trophy after profitable the NBA Finals in opposition to Indiana Pacers on June 19, 2000, at Staples Middle.  (AFP/Getty Photos)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Indiana Pacers 2

The Workforce: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry, A.C. Inexperienced, Glen Rice, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, Travis Knight, Brian Shaw, Devean George, John Sally, Tyronn Lue, John Celestand

The Coach: Phil Jackson

The Season: Three seasons after signing with the Lakers as a free agent, O’Neal delivered the primary of his three championships. He averaged 30.7 factors and 15.Four rebounds en path to the title. Bryant chipped in 21.Eight factors, and Jackson took residence his seventh NBA teaching title. The Lakers led the Western Convention with a 67-15 common season report and completed the playoffs with a 15-Eight mark.

Western Convention first spherical: Defeated the Sacramento Kings 3-2

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-1

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Portland Path Blazers 4-3

Prime playoff performances: O’Neal, 30.7 ppg, 15.Four rpg; Bryant, 21.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.Four apg; Rice 12.2 ppg

2000-01 (56-26)

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will get a kiss on the top from teammate Ron Harper after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in Sport 5 of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2001.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Instances)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 1

The Workforce: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, Rick Fox, , Ron Harper Devean George, Horace Grant, Tyronn Lue, Brian Shaw, Mark Madsen, Isiah Rider, Greg Foster, Stanislav Medvedenko, Mike Penberthy

The Coach: Phil Jackson

The Season: The veteran Lakers raced via the common season. O’Neal led the crew in scoring at 29.5 ppg, intently adopted by Bryant’s 28.9. The Lakers swept all three rounds of the playoffs to make it to the Finals, the place Allen Iverson and the 76ers handed them a Sport 1 loss, the one one the Lakers would enable, as they simply received the following 4.

Western Convention first spherical: Defeated the Portland Path Blazers 3-0

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Sacramento Kings 4-0

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-0

Prime playoff performances: O’Neal, 30.Four ppg, 15.Four rpg; Bryant, 29.Four ppg, 7.Three rpg, 6.1 apg; Fisher, 13.Four ppg

2001-02 (58-24)

Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and Shaquille O’Neal have fun the crew’s 2002 NBA Finals win over the New Jersey Nets.  (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Instances)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, New Jersey Nets 0

The Workforce: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, Rick Fox, Lindsey Hunter, Mitch Richmond, Devean George, Mark Madsen, Mind Shaw, Samaki Walker, Jelani McCoy

The Coach: Phil Jackson

The Season: The Lakers completed third within the Western Convention however defeated each groups holding the one and two slots on the best way to the 2002 title. Los Angeles went via San Antonio, 4-1, and Sacramento, 4-3, earlier than sweeping the New Jersey Nets for the league championship. O’Neal and Bryant mixed to common 53.6 ppg and lead the Lakers to a 58-24 common season and 15-Four postseason.

Western Convention first spherical: Defeated the Portland Path Blazers 3-0

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-1

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Sacramento Kings 4-3 .

Prime playoff performances: O’Neal, 28.5 ppg, 12.6 rpg; Bryant 26.6 ppg, 5.Eight rpg, 4.6 apg

2008-09 (65-17)

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy whereas celebrating his NBA fourth championship with the crew following a win over the Orlando Magic in Sport 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Instances)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Orlando Magic 1

The Workforce: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Vladimir Radmanovic, Shannon Brown, D.J. Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Josh Powell, Chris Mihm, Solar Yu

The Coach: Phil Jackson

The Season: After a tumultuous rebuilding course of, Bryant received his first championship with out Shaquille O’Neal. The Lakers had been 65-17, ending atop the Western Convention. Los Angeles went 16-7 within the playoffs to win the 2009 NBA championship. With the assistance of newly acquired massive males Gasol and Odom, Bryant and Jackson received their fourth championship collectively. Bryant was named Finals MVP for the primary time in his profession.

Western Convention first spherical: Defeated the Utah Jazz 4-1

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Houston Rockets 4-3

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-2

Prime playoff performances: Bryant, 30.2 ppg, 5.5 apg; Gasol, 18.Three ppg, 10.Three rpg; Odom, 12.Three ppg, 9.1 rpg

2009-2010 (57-25)

Lakers Derek Fisher and MVP Kobe Bryant maintain the crew and MVP trophies after profitable Sport 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals in opposition to the Boston Celtics at Staples Middle on June 17.  (Paul J. Richards / AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Championship: Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 3

The Workforce: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Shannon Brown, D.J. Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Josh Powell

The Coach: Phil Jackson

The Season: The Lakers had the very best report within the Western Convention at 57-25, and made it to the finals for the third straight season. Los Angeles acquired Ron Artest so as to add toughness to a crew filled with peak and expertise. Although generally confused and sometimes instances complicated to teammates and coaches, Artest meshed with a core that also included Bryant, Gasol and Odom.

Western Convention Semifinals: Defeated the Utah Jazz 4-0

Western Convention Finals: Defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-2

Prime playoff performances: Bryant, 29.2 ppg 6.Zero rpg, 5.5 apg; Gasol, 19.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg; Artest, 11.2 ppg

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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