I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life and the Los Angeles Lakers are as much a part of growing up in Los Angeles as the smoggy air and the never-ending halt of unruly traffic. They are technically one of the best teams in professional sports history and certainly one of the best in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers have the highest winning streak of any NBA team ever, capturing thirty-three games straight in their 1972 season; ironically a streak that began the very next game after NBA Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor stepped into his official retirement from playing.
As a little girl growing up in the eighties I used to sit glued to the television marveling while the Lakers won five NBA Championships in a nine-year span. Fueled by three Hall of Fame players; Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, I grew up watching Pat Riley become the Los Angeles Lakers all-time number one coach, earning the most wins of any other coach in both regular seasons and playoff games. I even recall the night Bush Sr. won the presidential vote in 1988 coming in secondary to the Los Angeles Lakers fury on the court.
The Lakers have always remained at the forefront of the NBA’s best. Today they hold the highest payroll of any other team in the NBA; a feat that requires the loyalty and support of their devoted fans and endorsers alike. The Lakers also currently hold the record for more wins than any other team in the National Basketball Association, making for a total of 2,970 wins as of the seasons close in 2009. Along with the record for most wins comes the record for highest winning percentage, coming in at a 61.7% winning percentage. 11111 angel number
Even if you are not from Los Angeles, any respectable basketball fan can appreciate the elite records of the Los Angeles Lakers. They have been to the NBA Finals thirty times; another record that no other team has touched. And, in the franchise history of the Los Angeles Lakers, there have only been five seasons where the team did not enter the playoffs, resulting in 15 NBA Championship wins. They come in second only to the Boston Celtics, who won seventeen NBA Championship titles; the most recent of which we all witnessed as they fought hard against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers remain just one of three teams to have never lost sixty games in a season. So, as one of the best teams in sports history takes on another season, I cannot help but wonder if the Los Angeles Lakers, as usual armed with the NBA’s best no matter what the decade, will seamlessly take their sixteenth NBA Championship Title in 2009.