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LA Lakers Trivia: 14 Facts to Know About the Team

January 23, 2017
Written by: Yasha Wallin
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Basketball season is in full swing. And despite a few setbacks, the Lakers are trying their best to crush it like longtime loyalists know they can. To fuel a little fan fire, we rounded up 14 fun facts you didn’t know about your favorite team. And of course, the best way to check out an LA Lakers game in style is at Hyde Lounge at Staples Center—a 4,000 square foot space with three bars, a dance hall, and a VIP Room. Because it’s all about watching the NBA with bottle service.

  1. The LA Lakers started as the Minneapolis Lakers. The team name references Minnesota’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
  2. The Lakers have more fans on Facebook than any other U.S. sports team, and the most Twitter followers of all NBA teams.
  3. LA Laker icon Wilt Chamberlain once held a record of 100 points in one game.
  4. Chamberlain’s high scoring record was challenged by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who racked up his 31,420th point against Utah, the April 5th game in the 1983-84 season, making him the highest scorer in the NBA.
  5. The team has won 16 titles in all—the second highest number in the NBA.
  6. Kobe Bryant—one of the team’s most legendary players—was named after Kobe beef, after his parents saw it on a restaurant menu.  kobe
  7. At 36-years-old, former player Luke Walton is now the youngest head coach in the NBA. He was recently described by forward Thomas Robinson as “A cool-ass dude.”
  8. 19-year-old rookie Brandon Ingram is the youngest player on the team, with a whopping 7’3″ wingspan.
  9. Nick Young, aka Swaggy P (he’s one of the most stylish dudes in the NBA), is the first pro athlete to launch his own streetwear line. The line is called “Most Hated,” as in most hated player, even though Young is apparently pretty lovable. Not only that, he’s also on track to break Nick Van Exel’s 22-year-old franchise record of 183 made 3-pointers.                                           nick young
  10. Jordan Clarkson just ranked sixth in NBA All-Star fan voting. But with admirers like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin, we’re not surprised! 
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    Jordan Clarkson at Doheny Room

  11. Thanks to Magic Johnson, the Lakers invented a new style of gameplay called “showtime”: it consisted of fastbreak scoring and a flashy offense.
  12. Metta World Peace (née Ron Artest)—who re-signed with the Lakers in 2016—legally changed his name in September 2011 in order to “inspire and bring youth together all around the world.
  13. Irreplaceable broadcaster Chick Hearn was the man behind the mic for nearly 3,500 consecutive and regular postseason games over four decades; earning him a spot in history as the true voice of the LA Lakers.
  14. Shaquille O’Neill’s middle name is Rashon, meaning ‘little warrior’—which in Shaq’s case couldn’t be further from the truth—there’s nothing little about the player. The Hall of Famer will have a statue created in his honor, unveiled on March 24, 2017 at STAPLES Center. shaq