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Los Angeles Lakers Tickets
Los Angeles Lakers Tickets
Few other NBA teams have dominated the league on the same scale as the Los Angeles Lakers. They have won 16 NBA titles since joining the NBA as one of its founding teams in 1949 and reached the NBA Finals on 15 other occasions. The Lakers started out in Minneapolis and won five league titles with their first superstar, George Mikan, before relocating to Los Angeles in 1960. Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West helped the Lakers win their first title in L.A. in 1972. The Lakers emerged as a dominant team in the 1980s after drafting stars Magic Johnson and James Worthy to pair with all-star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They won five NBA titles during that decade. A decline followed after the trio retired until Los Angeles acquired Shaquille O' Neal and Kobe Bryant in the late 1990s. O'Neal and Bryant helped the Lakers win three straight titles from 2000 to 2002. Bryant added two more championships in 2009 and 2010 after O' Neal was traded.
Staples Center, Home to the LA Lakers
Since 1999, Los Angeles sports fans have enjoyed top-notch facilities at downtown LA's expansive Staples Center. The multi-purpose arena is home not only to two NBA teams - the Lakers and the Clippers - but also the NHL's King's and the WNBA's Sparks. Additionally, Staples Center hosts more than 250 concerts and other special performances annually. The facility was renovated in 2010 and received a new center-hung video display. When configured for basketball games, it seats just over 19,000 fans.
Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference
The Los Angeles Lakers compete against the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Overall, the Los Angeles Lakers have had the most success of any team within its division, having won the title 22 times. With 32 conference titles under its belt, the team has also captured 17 NBA championships since 1949, most recently in 2009 and 2010. The Lakers have a storied rivalry with the Boston Celtics, which has continued since the days of Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird.
Los Angeles Lakers 2012 Team Outlook
Perennially a force to reckoned with in the high-flying Western Conference, the Lakers are much the same team that has proceeded to the postseason for much of the last decade. Kobe Bryant is still the go-to scorer, but defense will be weighed more heavily since the arrival of new Head Coach Mike Brown. A defensive specialist in San Antonio and Cleveland, Brown should drive a defensive culture in Los Angeles that was not overtly reinforced by retired Head Coach Phil Jackson. It's possible that (for the right price) the Lakers may move Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum to better their odds in 2012.