The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most talked about, popular NBA teams today. Nearly every basketball fan knows that their rivals are the Boston Celtics. During last year's NBA finals, they experienced an embarrassing loss to the Celtics. Even so, it was an exceptionally well-played game! The Lakers; however, have since struggled with a win. Even with this slight downfall in events, Lakers tickets are still selling as they have for over a decade; after all, they are an exceptional team.
The team has been shaded with drama that happens while team members are not playing the game. Luckily, this does not deter their loyal fans! Celebrities line the sidelines, but this is not why the fans follow. It's the skill of players like Kobe Bryant that keep the fans coming back for more. One player cannot bring a team to victory that the Lakers have seen; instead, it takes the whole team. The current Lakers team consists of skilled players like Lamar Odom, Pau Gaso, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, and Sasha Vujacic.
The Lakers were not always as well known or skilled. In the 1980's, when players such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worth, is when the Lakers began to win big and attract attention. Pat Riley coached the team during this time, and brought them to many championship games - of which they won 5! This is when the team began to have a following.
In more recent years fans seem to be following players like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Coach Phil Jackson has led the team to the NBA finals multiple times since the year 2000. The Los Angeles Lakers holds the second highest number of championships in the entire NBA; second only to their rivals the Boston Celtics. They do hold one thing over their rivals; they have the longest winning streak of all NBA teams.
The Los Angeles Lakers, when at home, play at the Staples Center in Hollywood. The Staples Center seats 19,000 fans is also home to the Sparks and Clippers. Regardless of who plays there, the Lakers have made such a following and name for themselves that the Staples Center is known as the home of the Lakers and no other. Even with 19,000 seats, many home games - in recent years - are sold out!
Celebrities like Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock, Denzel Washington, Dyan Cannon and Andy Garcia will often be found sitting on the sidelines of a Lakers game. These celebrities, along with thousands of fans, are loyal and continue to appear at games even when the Lakers are experiencing some down time. When the Lakers grossed over $565-million, Forbes magazine labeled them as the most valuable NBA team - ranking them (financially) higher than the New York Knicks.
The Los Angeles Lakers hold records for the most wins in the NBA - 2,905 - along with the most appearances at the NBA finals - 29. Additionally, MVP awards have been given to a number of players such as Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Their skill is what makes them popular, without it they wouldn't hold the records they have, nor would they have such high ticket sales. If you have the chance, this is a game worth seeing. Tickets are a bit pricey due to their popularity, but it is well worth it.