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Los Angeles Lakers in History

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-11-15 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1962-04-18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1962-11-03 Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors scores 72 points at the Los Angeles Lakers, then 4th-highest point total in NBA history; hits 29 field goals & 14 free throws; remains 6th highest game total

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963-04-24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1965-04-25 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-01-12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1966-04-28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1967-01-20 Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain makes all 15 of his field goal attempts in a 119-108 win over LA Lakers; NBA record for consecutive shots made; beats mark twice before 1966-67 season ends
  • 1967-12-31 1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118
  • 1968-05-02 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1968-07-09 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

Sport awardNBA Finals

1969-04-23 LA Lakers guard Jerry West scores 53 points in 120-118 NBA Finals Game 1 win over Boston Celtics at the LA Forum

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1969-05-05 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1970-05-03 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1971-11-05 NBA's LA Lakers starts a 33 game consecutive victory streak
  • 1972-01-07 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-01-09 Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LA's consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history

  • 1972-01-18 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper
  • 1972-02-16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns
  • 1972-03-19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • 1972-03-26 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years
  • 1972-05-07 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1973-05-10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1974-10-03 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979-10-12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1980-01-29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT
  • 1980-03-02 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games with a miss in the Suns' 123-115 home win over the LA Lakers
  • 1980-05-16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1982-04-09 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • 1982-06-08 36th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1983-05-26 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • 1983-05-31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1984-06-12 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3, to win the championship title
  • 1985-06-09 NBA Championship, Boston Garden: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 111-100 for a 4 games to 2 series victory; Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • 1986-01-10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)
  • 1987-02-24 LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point in a 97-93 win over the Suns in Phoenix
  • 1987-06-14 41st NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1988-06-21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • 1989-06-13 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1990-02-11 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F
  • 1990-03-20 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

Sport awardNBA Finals

1991-06-12 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 108-101 in Game 5 for first of 3 straight titles; MVP: Michael Jordan in his first NBA Finals appearance

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1991-11-07 Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers
  • 1992-02-09 42nd NBA All-Star Game, Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 153-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F
  • 1992-02-16 LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform
  • 1995-11-04 KeyArena opens in Seattle, Supersonics beat the LA Lakers 103-89
  • 1996-01-30 Future Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson comes out of a 5 year retirement; helps LA Lakers to 128-118 win over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, 8 rebounds & 10 assists
  • 1996-11-01 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-11-03 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-01-07 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal blocks 3 shots in a 114-102 win over Milwaukee to bring his career total to 1,002

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1999-11-03 Los Angeles Lakers debut in the STAPLES Center, with 103-88 win v Vancouver Grizzlies; Magic Johnson & Chick Hearn co-host ceremony unveiling Lakers' retired jerseys & championship banners in new building

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

2000-02-13 49th NBA All-Star Game, Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA: West beats East, 137-127; MVPs: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, F; Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2000-06-19 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 116-111 in Game 6 to win the franchise's first title in 12 years; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2000-08-07 Los Angeles Lakers announce retirement of former star player and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry West; name Mitch Kupchak to succeed him
  • 2001-06-15 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 100-86 in Game 5 to win back-to-back titles; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for second straight year
  • 2001-10-05 MLB's Atlanta Braves become first pro sports team to win 10 straight division titles after mauling the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the NL East title; NBA's Boston Celtics (1957-65) & LA Lakers (1982-90) both won 9 in a row
  • 2002-02-10 51st NBA All-Star Game, First Union Centre, Philadelphia, PA: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F
  • 2002-06-12 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 113-107 for a 4-0 sweep and 3rd straight title; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for 3rd consecutive Finals series
  • 2003-07-04 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed
  • 2004-02-15 53rd NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 136-132; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C
  • 2004-06-15 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87 in Game 5 to complete one of the greatest upsets in NBA history; MVP: Chauncey Billups
  • 2004-09-01 Sexual assault charge against LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is dropped by the Eagle County District Attorney's offices in Colorado after the victim decides not to participate
  • 2007-02-18 56th NBA All-Star Game, Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, NV: West beats East, 153-132; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F
  • 2008-06-17 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 131-92 in Game 6 for first title since 1986 and 17th overall; MVP: Paul Pierce
  • 2009-02-15 58th NBA All-Star Game, US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 146-119; MVPs: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F; Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C
  • 2009-06-14 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Game 5 for franchise's 15th NBA championship; MVP: Kobe Bryant
  • 2010-01-21 LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 career points at 31 years, 151 days; beats Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days
  • 2010-04-02 Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million
  • 2010-06-17 NBA Finals: Depending champion Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 83-79 in Game 7 for franchise's 16th NBA title; MVP: Kobe Bryant
  • 2011-02-20 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-07-11 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2018-07-01 NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2018-11-15 LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for 5th on the NBA's career scoring list with 44 points for the LA Lakers in 126-117 victory over Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • 2018-12-13 German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki takes the court for his record 21st NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the LA Lakers
  • 2019-01-21 Golden State guard Klay Thompson sets an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range as the Warriors beat the LA Lakers, 130-111; Thompson scores 44 points
  • 2019-04-02 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to have 20+ points, rebounds and assists in a game; records 20-20-21 in 119-103 win over LA Lakers
  • 2019-04-07 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix
  • 2019-06-15 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the New Orleans Pelicans send forward Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart & 3 future 1st round draft picks including 2019 #4
  • 2019-11-19 LeBron James hits 25 points, 11 rebounds & 10 assists as LA Lakers' beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-107 to become first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises
  • 2020-01-26 LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, southern California; considered one of the greatest players in the game's history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1916-11-27 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1936-08-21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Person of interestJerry West

1938-05-28 Jerry West, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard, executive (LA Lakers, 14-time NBA All Star), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1945-01-25 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947-04-16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lew Alcindor], American Basketball Hall of Fame center (6 x NBA champion; NBA Finals MVP 1971, 85; 6 × NBA MVP; 19 × NBA All-Star), born in NYC, New York

  • 1951-05-08 Mike D'Antoni, American-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1951-09-25 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1956-04-15 Michael Cooper, American NBA star (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958-04-02 Larry Drew, American basketball point guard (Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers, LA Lakers) and coach (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kansas City, Kansas

Person of interestMagic Johnson

1959-08-14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1960-08-14 Fred Roberts, American NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Provo, Utah

Person of interestJames Worthy

1961-02-27 James Worthy, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1963-10-04 A. C. Green, American basketball power forward (most consecutive games [1,192] in NBA and ABA history; LA Lakers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-02-03 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • 1968-02-09 Derek Strong, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Orlando Magic)
  • 1968-07-23 Elden Campbell, American NBA forward and center (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968-10-03 Greg Foster, American basketball center and coach (NBA C'ship 2001 LA Lakers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969-01-04 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Monrovia, California
  • 1969-07-24 Rick Fox, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers, Boston Celtics)
  • 1969-07-25 Jon Barry, American NBA guard (LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969-08-02 Cedric Ceballos, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Maui, Hawaii,
  • 1969-09-09 Sean Rooks, American basketball center (LA Lakers), born in New York City, New York
  • 1969-11-25 Anthony Peeler, NBA guard (LA Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970-08-25 Robert Horry, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Houston Rockets)
  • 1970-12-03 Lindsey Hunter, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 2002, 04; LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons), born in Utica, Mississippi
  • 1971-10-20 Eddie Jones, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1971-10-22 Anthony "Pig" Miller, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1971-11-27 Nick Van Exel, American NBA guard (LA Lakers), born in Kenosha, Winconsin
  • 1972-06-06 Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1973-06-21 Frank Vogel, American basketball head coach (LA Lakers 2019, Indiana Pacers 2011-16; Orlando Magic 2016-18), born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  • 1973-08-01 Mario Bennett, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Denton, Texas

Person of interestSteve Nash

1974-02-07 Steve Nash, Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA MVP 2005, 06; 8 × NBA All-Star; Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers) and coach (Brooklyn Nets), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 1974-08-09 Derek Fisher, American NBA guard (LA Lakers) and manager (LS Sparks), born in Little Rock Arkansas
  • 1975-08-26 Shea Seals, NBA guard (LA Lakers) and coach, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Person of interestKobe Bryant

1978-08-23 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008,12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 1980-03-28 Luke Walton, American basketball head coach (Sacramento Kings 2019; LA Lakers 2016-18; NBA C'ships 2009-10, LA Lakers), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestLeBron James

1984-12-30 LeBron James, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship & MVP 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020; 16 × NBA All-Star; Olympic gold 2008, 12; Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, LA Lakers), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 1987-10-27 Andrew Bynum, American basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers), born in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey

Weddings in Sport

  • 1999-09-26 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

LoveWedding of Interest

2002-12-26 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (30) weds Shaunie Nelson at The Beverly Hills Hotel's Crystal Garden

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

Deaths in Sport

  • 2002-08-05 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85

Person of interestKobe Bryant

2020-01-26 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008, 12), dies in a helicopter crash at 41

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant