2013 Result: 45-37 (7th West seed), lost in Conference Quarterfinals to San Antonio
A season with such high expectations had a ton of things go wrong, starting from the decision to hire Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson as head coach. Players and fans wanted Jackson, who has already won five rings with the franchise. For much of last season it seemed the Lakers would miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005. And by the time they finally did make the playoffs, they were without Kobe and got swept. Even the allure of the famous purple and gold couldn’t keep Dwight Howard, and Metta World Peace is off to the Knicks. But Steve Nash, who is now a relatively average player at age 38, will still run point next to Kobe. As Kobe admitted during one of his infamous postgame press interviews, the Lakers are old. In just a couple years or so they’ll have to rebuild completely, but for now they will still start Nash, Bryant (35), Pau Gasol (33), and Chris Kaman (32). Guard Jodie Meeks is a nice breath of fresh air but he’s still just a fill-in player until that big rebuild coming up. But worst of all they’re still stuck with D’Antoni as coach, and it looks bad having him there but it would look even worse to fire him now. With the Lakers struggling they are losing market share to the dominant Clippers, but their lineup still features some of the world’s best ballers. Make sure to see Kobe and the other big names while they’re all still together on the same court—a truly unique opportunity.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of two teams to represent the city of Los Angeles in the Pacific Division and Western Conference of the NBA. The franchise was founded in 1947 as the Minneapolis Lakers, a reference to the state's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Shortly after moving to LA, the Lakers would again experience success, reaching the NBA Finals 6 times during the 60s. Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West would keep the Lakers in contention before they acquired another center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who would win multiple MVP awards with the franchise. The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed "Showtime" due to their Magic Johnson-led fast break-offense. The team struggled again in the early 1990s before acquiring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers would win three consecutive titles, securing the franchise its second "three-peat". The Lakers have won a total of 16 NBA titles, the last time being in 2010. Sixteen Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles (Bryant is on his way there as well) and four have gone on to coach the team. Become a part of history by getting your tickets to the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2013-14 NBA season today!