Los Angeles Lakers in History

Events in Sport


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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

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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

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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

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1969-04-23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

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

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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

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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 Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

  • 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
  • 1991-06-12 45th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 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 Key Arena opens, Seattle Supersonics beat 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

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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

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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 54th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 2, Shaquille O'Neal MVP
  • 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 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
  • 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 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.
  • 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 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 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 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 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 63rd NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 4 games to 1
  • 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 64th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 3
  • 2011-02-20 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

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2012-07-11 Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

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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 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, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 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 NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

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 (3-time NBA champion, Olympic gold 2008, 12), 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