1971-72 Lakers
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L.A. Lakers NBA title teams

1971-72 Lakers
1971-72 Lakers

69-13, First in Pacific Division

defeated New York Knicks in NBA Finals, 4-1

Head Coach: Bill Sharman

Key Moments:

1. Lakers record the longest winning streak in pro sports history (33 straight victories) and post a then all-time NBA-best 69-13 record.

2. The Lakers win their first NBA title since moving to L.A.

3. Jerry West leads the NBA in assists (9.7), and Gail Goodrich leads the Lakers in scoring (25.7).

4. Lakers establish NBA record in consecutive road wins (16).

5. Bill Sharman is named NBA coach of the year.

Standing, left to right (players only): Gail Goodrich, Jim Cleamons, Pat Riley, Jim McMillian, Jerry West, Flynn Robinson

Seated, left to right (players only): Keith Erickson, Happy Hairston, Leroy Ellis, Wilt Chamberlain, John Trapp, Elgin Baylor (All photos courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers)
1979-80 Lakers
1979-80 Lakers

60-22, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Finals, 4-2

Head Coaches: Jack McKinney, Paul Westhead

Key Moments:

1. New Coach Jack McKinney suffers life-threatening injuries 13 games into the season as the result of a bike accident. He is replaced by Paul Westhead.

2. The Lakers win the NBA title in Game 6 at Philadelphia without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as rookie Magic Johnson scores 42 points, grabs 15 rebounds and has seven assists while playing every position.

3. Johnson is named MVP of the NBA Finals, the only rookie in history to win that award.

Standing, left to right (players only): Butch Lee, Brad Holland, Mark Landsberger, Marty Byrnes, Michael Cooper, Norm Nixon.

Seated, left to right (players only): Spencer Haywood, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jim Chones.

Not pictured: Ron Boone, Kenny Carr, Don Ford, Oliver Mack. ()
1981-82 Lakers
1981-82 Lakers

57-25, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Finals, 4-2

Head Coaches: Paul Westhead, Pat Riley

Key Moments:

1. Pat Riley replaces Paul Westhead as head coach on Nov. 19, and the Lakers win 17 of the next 20 games.

2. Mitch Kupchak suffers a severe knee injury and is out for the season. Lakers sign Bob McAdoo to replace Kupchak.

3. For the second time in three seasons, the Lakers defeat Philadelphia to win the NBA title.

4. The Lakers win the first of nine consecutive Pacific Division titles.

5. Magic Johnson is named MVP of the regular season and of the NBA Finals.

Standing, left to right (players only): Eddie Jordan, Kevin McKenna, Mitch Kupchak, Bob McAdoo, Mark Landsberger, Mike McGee

Seated, left to right (players only): Jim Brewer, Kurt Rambis, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper, Norm Nixon, Magic Johnson.

Not pictured: Clay Johnson ()
1984-85 Lakers
1984-85 Lakers

62-20, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Boston Celtics in NBA Finals, 4-2

Head Coach: Pat Riley

Key Moments:

1. After eight failed attempts, the Lakers finally defeat the Celtics in the NBA Finals by winning Game 6 in Boston.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is named NBA Finals MVP.

3. Magic Johnson sets an NBA record by averaging 17 assists a game in a playoff series win over Portland.

4. Byron Scott becomes the only player in team history to lead the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage (43.3%).

5. The Lakers set an NBA season record by averaging 31.4 assists per game and set another record in field-goal percentage (54.5%).

Standing, left to right (players only): Byron Scott, Larry Spriggs, James Worthy, Mitch Kupchak, Ronnie Lester.

Seated, left to right (players only): Mike McGee, Kurt Rambis, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob McAdoo, Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper.

Not pictured: Earl Jones, Chuck Nevitt. ()
1986-87 Lakers
1986-87 Lakers

67-15, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Boston Celtics in NBA Finals, 4-2

Head Coach: Pat Riley

Key Moments:

1. Lakers finish the season with the best record in the NBA.

2. The Lakers end the Boston Celtics’ 48-game winning streak at Boston Garden.

3. Michael Cooper becomes the first, and so far, only, Laker to be named NBA defensive player of the year.

4. The Lakers jump out to a 29-0 lead against Sacramento on Feb. 4 and finish the first quarter ahead, 40-4.

5. Magic Johnson is named MVP of the regular season and the NBA Finals.

Standing, left to right (players only): Wes Matthews, Billy Thompson, A.C. Green, Mike Smrek, Mychal Thompson, Adrian Branch.

Seated, left to right (players only): Kurt Rambis, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper, Byron Scott, Magic Johnson.

Not pictured: Frank Brickowski ()
1987-88 Lakers
1987-88 Lakers

62-20, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Detroit Pistons in NBA Finals, 4-3

Head Coach: Pat Riley

Key Moments:

1. Lakers win at least 60 games for the fourth straight season.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s consecutive game streak of scoring in double figures ends at 787.

3. Lakers become the first team since the 1968-69 Boston Celtics to win consecutive NBA titles.

4. Lakers become the first team in NBA history to win three consecutive series in Game 7 (4-3 over Utah, Dallas and Detroit).

5. James Worthy is named MVP of the NBA Finals.

Standing, left to right (players only): Wes Matthews, Billy Thompson, A.C. Green, Mike Smrek, Mychal Thompson, Jeff Lamp, Milt Wagner.

Seated, left to right (players only): Kurt Rambis, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper, Byron Scott, Magic Johnson.

Not pictured: Tony Campbell, Ray Tolbert. ()
1999-00 Lakers
1999-2000 Lakers

67-15, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Indiana Pacers in NBA Finals, 4-2

Head Coach: Phil Jackson

Key Moments:

1. The Lakers post the NBA’s best record and the second-best record in team history.

2. The Lakers become the third team in history to post three double-digit winning streaks in one season (16, 19, 11).

3. Shaquille O’Neal becomes only the third player in NBA history to be named MVP of the All-Star game, regular season and NBA Finals.

4. Shaquille O’Neal (29.7 ppg) becomes the first Laker to lead the NBA in scoring since Jerry West in 1969-70.

Standing, left to right (players only): Tyronn Lue, Devean George, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Kobe Bryant, Brian Shaw, John Celestand, Derek Fisher.

Seated, left to right (players only): Glen Rice, Robert Horry, Shaquille O’Neal, Travis Knight, John Salley, A.C. Green

Not pictured: Sam Jacobson ()
2000-01 Lakers
2000-01 Lakers

56-26, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Finals, 4-1

Head Coach: Phil Jackson

Key Moments:

1. Lakers win their final eight games to win the Pacific Division title for the second consecutive year.

2. Lakers sweep their first three opponents in the playoffs (Portland, 3-0; Sacramento, 4-0; San Antonio, 4-0).

3. After defeating the 76ers in the NBA Finals in five games, Lakers set the postseason record for highest winning percentage (15-1, .938).

4. Phil Jackson becomes the first coach to lead two teams to multiple NBA titles.

5. Ron Harper and Robert Horry become the second and third players to win multiple championships as a member of two teams.

Standing, left to right (players only): Tyronn Lue, Mike Penberthy, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Kobe Bryant, Brian Shaw, J.R. Rider, Derek Fisher.

Seated, left to right (players only): Devean George, Slava Medvedenko, Greg Foster, Shaquille O’Neal, Horace Grant, Robert Horry, Mark Madsen()
2001-02 Lakers
2001-02 Lakers

58-24, Second in Pacific Division

Defeated New Jersey Nets in NBA Finals, 4-0

Head Coach: Phil Jackson

Key Moments:

1. Lakers become the fifth team to win at least three consecutive NBA titles.

2. Lakers set an NBA playoff record with 12 consecutive wins in road playoff games, dating to the 2000 NBA Finals.

3. Phil Jackson surpasses Pat Riley for most career postseason victories with 156.

4. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal are named to the All-NBA first team.

Standing, left to right (players only): Lindsey Hunter, Brian Shaw, Rick Fox, Kobe Bryant, Mitch Richmond, Derek Fisher.

Seated, left to right (players only): Devean George, Jelani McCoy, Slava Medvedenko, Shaquille O’Neal, Samaki Walker, Robert Horry, Mark Madsen.

Not pictured: Joe Crispin, Mike Penberthy. ()
2008-09 Lakers
2008-09 Lakers

65-17, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Orlando Magic in NBA Finals, 4-1

Head Coach: Phil Jackson

Key Moments:

1. Phil Jackson wins 10th NBA title, most in league history.

2. Kobe Bryant, who averaged 32.4 points per game against Orlando, is named NBA Finals MVP for the first time.

3. With a 17-2 season start, the Lakers tied their record for best opening in franchise history.

4. With 65 wins, team is third-winningest in Lakers history.

Standing, left to right (players only): Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown, Adam Morrison, Kobe Bryant, Sasha Vujacic, Jordan Farmar.

Seated, left to right (players only): Luke Walton, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Sun Yue, Trevor Ariza. ()
2009-10 Lakers
2009-10 Lakers

57-25, First in Pacific Division

Defeated Boston Celtics in NBA Finals, 4-3

Head Coach: Phil Jackson

Key Moments:

1. After Trevor Ariza signs with Houston, Lakers sign Ron Artest. Phil Jackson wins 11th NBA title, most in league history.

2. Kobe Bryant surpasses Jerry West to become the Lakers all-time leading points scorer.

3. Pau Gasol misses first 11 games of season with a strained hamstring.

4. Injuries slow Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant as Lakers struggle at end of season, causing many to question whether they can repeat.

Standing, left to right (players only): Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown, Adam Morrison, Kobe Bryant, Sasha Vujacic, Jordan Farmar.

Seated, left to right (players only): Luke Walton, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest. ()
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