There are few franchises in sports that can even come close to the legacy of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are the winningest team in the history of the NBA and have appeared in more NBA Finals than any other franchise. Based out of Los Angeles, California the Los Angeles Lakers are a team that plays in the NBA's Western Conference. In 1947, Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen purchased a disbanded Detroit Gems basketball team and brought it to Minnesota as the expansion franchise of the Minneapolis Lakers. The team whose nicknamed was attributed to Minnesota being the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" was a force to be reckoned with once moving to the Twin Cities. With the help of players like "Mr. Basketball" George Mikan, the Lakers were able to take home five NBA Championships in Minneapolis.
In 1960, the Lakers were moved by owner, Bob Short, to the west coast to begin their play in Los Angeles and usher in a new era of superstars. It was during the early days in Southern California when Hall of Fame players Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain cemented their names in Laker basketball history. During the 1960's the Lakers began their famed coast-to-coast rivalry with Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics, as LA matched up with Boston six times in the NBA Finals during this decade. After years of losing to Boston in the championship, one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history was beginning to be assembled. The team known as the "Showtime Lakers" had a stronghold on the world of basketball in the 1980's. Backed by legendary point guard, Magic Johnson, and the NBA's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles took home five titles in nine seasons of play. Having not won an NBA Finals championship since 1988, the Lakers went through a second phase of re-building in the 1990's when they drafted Kobe Bryant out of Lower Merion High School and acquired big man, Shaquille O'Neal, from the Orlando Magic. Under head coach, Phil Jackson, and his famed triangle offense, the Lakers returned to basketball supremacy as they took home three consecutive titles from 2000-2002. It was during the three-peat where guard, Kobe Bryant, made his name as arguably the most talented player in Lakers history. As the Lakers prospered, Kobe Bryant continued to emerge into a once-in-a-lifetime player, being mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan, who is all but the consensus for the greatest player to ever play basketball. Despite losing O'Neal to the Miami Heat, Bryant stayed in Los Angeles and led his team to two more NBA championship victories, one in 2009 and the other in 2010.
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Collecting Los Angeles Lakers Memorabilia
Kobe Bryant Autographed Basketballs
: There may be no better player in the rich history of Lakers basketball than future Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant. A life-time member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant has been named an NBA All-Star 16 times and led Los Angeles to an incredible five NBA championships to earn his place among the top athletes ever to play in the NBA. Commemorate the two-time Finals MVP and one of the best players to grace the court in a Lakers uniform with an authentic Kobe Bryant signed basketball. Add a piece of NBA history to your collection or sports room with an official Spalding basketball beautifully autographed by Kobe Bryant as it will someday become a rare treasure among all sports memorabilia. Considering the Lakers legend will definitely go down in basketball history as one of the greatest guards to ever take the court, the value of a Kobe Bryant signed basketball will only increase years go on and upon his eventual enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
Magic Johnson Signed Jerseys
: When point guard, Magic Johnson, was on the court in Los Angeles, it was always show time for the Lakers. With this crafty ball handler and illustrious scorer leading their offense, the Los Angeles Lakers took home five NBA championships in the 1980’s while completely dominating the league. Relive the incredible glory days of the three-time league MVP and the Showtime Lakers with an authentic Magic Johnson signed jersey for your sports room or collection. Whether you’re in the market for purple, gold, or even Michigan State jerseys with a Magic Johnson autograph, fans of the basketball icon can celebrate their favorite player and his massive contributions to the sport. The NBA may never again see a point guard with a career as decorated as that of Magic Johnson, so be sure to add a piece of basketball history to your collection with one of his autographed Lakers jerseys before they’re impossible to find.
Autographed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Photos
: The most prolific scorer in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is quite possibly the greatest center who has ever lived. With his iconic sky hook shot, Kareem led Los Angeles to six NBA championships and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player an astonishing six times to complete a career that will be remembered forever. Celebrate the unparalleled career of the 19-time NBA All-Star when you bring home an authentic Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed photos to preserve some of basketball’s most memorable moments. With a one-of-a-kind selection of autographed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar photos from the Hall of Famer hitting his legendary hook shot, dominating the glass, and everything in between, fans can take home all of their favorite sports moments. Whether it is for your own personal basketball collection or a gift for your favorite Lakers fan, there is absolutely no going wrong with the purchase of a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed photo as the value of any memorabilia autographed by the former NBA star is sure to acquire value over the years.
Jerry West Memorabilia
: Known as “Mr. Clutch” for his ability to create game-defining opportunities and huge plays, like his unforgettable 60-foot shot that beat the buzzer to tie Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals, Jerry West is a basketball icon that holds a special place in league history. Not only was West’s silhouette incorporated in the NBA logo, hence his other nickname, The Logo”, he also led the Lakers to win the 1972 NBA Championship and the U.S. to take home an Olympic Gold Medal in 1960. Being an absolute legend in American sports, Jerry West memorabilia brings both historic and monetary value to any collection. Add the 14-time NBA All-Star and NBA leader in scoring and assists to your collection with a Jerry West autographed ball or signed Jerry West jersey. After completing a legendary career, Jerry West was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. Lakers fans can honor his many achievements recorded with a signed Jerry West jersey or preserve their favorite sports moments with a Jerry West autographed photo. Add Hall of Fame value to your collection with items that will consistently increase in value over the years and honor the unforgettable, Jerry West.
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