Los Angeles Lakers Trivia
As the Minneapolis Lakers, the team holds the record for the lowest-scoring NBA game ever played along with the Fort Wayne Pistons. On November 22, 1950, the Lakers were leading until the fourth quarter, when the Pistons pulled ahead to win 19 to 18. This took place in a time before efforts were made to speed up gameplay, such as the addition of the shot clock.
Los Angeles is the only city to have two NBA teams (the other team being the Los Angeles Clippers).
The 2004-05 season marked only the fourth time that the Lakers had failed to qualify for the postseason since relocating to Los Angeles in 1960.
The Lakers have been represented in the All-Star game almost every season since the first game in 1951. The only games without a Laker were in 1978, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
The Lakers have hosted the NBA All-Star game four times; in 1963, 1972, 1983 and 2004 (co-hosted with the Los Angeles Clippers).
The longstanding rivalry with the Boston Celtics is among the most famous in American sports.
Since 1976, KCAL-TV (previously KHJ-TV) Channel 9 and KLAC Radio have been the flagship broadcast homes of the Los Angeles Lakers. KCAL airs every Laker road game, while all home games can be seen on Fox Sports Net, the longtime cable television home of the Lakers. Prior to KCAL, KTLA televised Laker games for a time. KLAC/AM570 airs all Laker games via radio. KWKW/AM1330 provides a Spanish simulcast of Laker games.
The current TV announcers for the Lakers are Joel Meyers and former Laker Stu Lantz. Joel Meyers became the voice of the Lakers in 2005, replacing Paul Sunderland, who was the successor to the legendary Chick Hearn who died in 2002.
The Lakers are the only NBA team whose primary home jersey color isn't white (it's gold). However, since the 2002-03 season the team has worn white jerseys on Sunday and holiday home games.
Former owner Jack Kent Cooke liked the color purple but disliked the term purple. As a result, during the era of his ownership, the colors he had chosen for his team were referred to as "Forum blue" and gold, rather than purple and gold. Even after Cooke sold the team, announcer Chick Hearn still sometimes used the description when describing the uniforms.
Former player, coach and General Manager Jerry West was used as a model for the current NBA logo.
The Los Angeles Lakers were the first team to own a NBDL Team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.