On October 19, 1960, the Lakers played their first game as the Los Angeles Lakers after twelve years in Minneapolis.
Their first game was played in Cincinnati against the Royals, with the home team topping the Lakers 140 - 123. That 1960 - 61 squad had a couple of players who would go on to become all time Laker greats. Elgin Baylor was the leader of the team, averaging 34.8 points that year. On November 15, 1960, Baylor scored 71 points against the Knicks. The other budding superstar was a rookie out of West Virginia named Jerry West.
Overall the 60 - 61 Lakers had a successful debut season in the City of Angels. They made it to the playoffs and defeated the Pistons in the first round 3 games to 2. In the second round they faced the St. Louis Hawks and fell to the Bob Pettit led squad 4 games to 3.
With the Lakers 2010 - 11 NBA season beginning one week from tonight, and with this being a historic date in the club's history, please enjoy these miscellaneous facts about one of the most successful sports franchises of all time.
- The Lakers made 8 finals appearances in the 1960's, losing all 8 times.
- The 1971 - 72 season marked the Lakers first championship in Los Angeles and their sixth overall title.
- The 1971 - 72 squad holds the record for the longest win streak in NBA history at 33 games.
- During the "Showtime" era of the 1980's, the Lakers captured five titles.
- The 90's were lean years for the purple and gold with the squad winning 0 titles.
- The Lakers hold the record for most NBA Finals appearances with 31.
- Elgin Baylor is the only Lakers rookie to win the Rookie of the Year Award, which he won after the 1958 - 59 season.
- # 13 has been worn twice by Lakers while in Los Angeles. Once, by The Big Dipper of course, the other by Dwight Jones who played in 32 games in the 1982 - 83 season.
- The Lakers have retired seven numbers: 13 (Wilt Chamberlain), 22 (Elgin Baylor), 25 (Gail Goodrich), 32 (Magic Johnson), 33 (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), 42 (James Worthy) and 44 (Jerry West)
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