Some key dates in recent Lakers history
Key moments in Lakers franchise history since the 2009-10 season in which the team won its 16th NBA title behind the play of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. The Clippers, meanwhile, missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Lakers beat their hated rivals, the Boston Celtics, in Game 7 to win their 16th NBA championship. It’s the Lakers’ last title with Phil Jackson as coach.
Jackson retires after the Lakers are eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. Ex-Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is picked to replace Jackson.
Lakers trade for former MVP guard Steve Nash and All-Star center Dwight Howard. Fans start thinking of another dream team.
Lakers fire Brown after a 1-4 start. Nash fractures his leg in the second game of the season, suffers nerve damage, and is limited the rest of the season. Team hires Mike D’Antoni as coach, spurning an offer by Jackson to return to the bench.
Lakers longtime owner Jerry Buss, 80, dies of cancer.
Kobe Bryant tears his Achilles’ tendon at end of the regular season. Lakers are swept in a first-round playoff series by San Antonio.
Howard, who feuded with Bryant, passes up returning to the Lakers as a free agent and signs with Houston.
Bryant fractures a bone in his knee and misses the rest of the season; he plays only six games.
Bryant has surgery on a torn rotator cuff, ending his 19th season with the Lakers after playing in only 35 games.
Lakers surprise many by drafting Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall pick.
All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the Lakers’ top free-agent target, signs with San Antonio.
Bryant announces he will retire after the season.
Lakers enter All-Star break with the worst record in Western Conference. Team will miss the playoffs for the third-season in a row, a franchise record.
Update: An earlier version of this chart incorrectly said that Bryant suffered a season-ending knee injury in December 2014; and it incorrectly stated that LaMarcus Aldridge signed with San Antonio in July, 2014.
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