Los Angeles Lakers Logo – Los Angeles Lakers is a team of basketball professional NBA, based in Los Angeles, California. They play their home games at the Staples Center, sharing the flag with the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, among other equipment.
They have the best winning percentage (61.5%), the largest number of appearance in the Finals (31), and the second largest number of titles (16, behind the Boston Celtics with 17). And they have the record most consecutive games won (33) in the history of American professional sports, becoming unbeaten since November 5th of 1971 until January 7 of 1972, when they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Lakers have only missed playoffs five times in its history, and according to the magazine Forbes, are the most valuable basketball franchise in the U.S., valued at approximately 607 million U.S. dollars.
The Lakers began their existence with the name of Detroit Gems, playing in the NBL. The original owner of the franchise was the businessman C. King Boring. The team played one season in the NBL under the Gems name. The poor financial result was both sporty and in 1947 Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen bought the Gems of 15,000 U.S. dollars and moved to Minneapolis
The 2011 season was characterized as irregular for Los Angeles Lakers. At the start of the season, coach Phil Jackson has already announced would be his last season as basketball coach. The season ends with 57-25 Lakers despite the irregularity of the whole of California. On May 8, 2011 Los Angeles Lakers fall 4-0 against Dallas Mavericks. Start here the rumors about the possible arrival to the post of head coach Brian Shaw, Rick Adelman and Stan Van Gundy. In addition to the possible departure of players like Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest or Steve Blake.
On May 25 of 2011 signed by former coach of Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Brown for four seasons and $ 18 million. According to General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Mike Brown is elected by his defensive concepts. Weeks later the hiring of Mike Brown are made with the services of Ettore Messina as an assistant coach. On December 11th of 2011 after the failed transfer to send Lamar Odom to New Orleans Hornets, the Lakers power forward transferred to the reigning champions of the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks. Days later made the services of Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy.