Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Team History

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The franchise for the Lakers was first started in Detroit before it was moved to Minneapolis. That is when the team received the famous title that they are known for and which the state is nicknamed – Land of the 10,000 Lakes. The infamous team won 5 different league championships before the were than moved to Los Angeles.

The Lakers team was first created back in 1944 when Morris Chalfen and Ben Berger decided that they were going to purchase the Detroit Gems (a part of the National Basketball League) for a total of $15. Because the Gems had the worst record of all the teams in the NBL – the Lakers were able to be the first to pick out the players they needed from the 1947 dispersal draft from the Professional Basketball League of America. From this draft they chose George Mikan who later in life became one of the basketballs greatest center. With the help of coach John Kundla the Lakers team was able to the NBL championship during the 47-48 season. It was during this time that they were selected along with three other teams to compete in the Basketball Association of America. From this they won the 48-49 BAA championship.

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