16 NBA championships and counting for the Lakers
Kobe Bryant (24), Lamar Odom, right, and Sasha Vujacic celebrate the Lakers' 16th championship after an 83,79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on June 17, 2010. It was Bryant's fifth title, and coach Phil Jackson's 11th.
The Los Angeles Lakers pose for a team photo after their 99-86 Game 5 win over the Orlando Magic to win the NBA championship, 4-1. Lakers coach Phil Jackson took home his 10th NBA championship ring, surpassing Red Auerbach for the all-time NBA record.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal hold up the championship and MVP trophies after Game 4 of the NBA finals against the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers won their third consecutive title, sweeping the series.
Shaquille O'Neal finishes a dunk against Dikembe Mutombo of the Philadelphia 76ers during Game 5 of the NBA finals. O'Neal won the MVP trophy and led his team to a 4-1 victory.
Kobe Bryant celebrates with teammate Shaquille O'Neal after the Lakers' 12th NBA championship. Los Angeles beat Indiana 4-2 in the series, with Bryant, O'Neal and Glen Rice combining for 83 points in Game 6.
Lakers forward James Worthy is awarded the MVP trophy after winning the 1988 NBA championship over the Detroit Pistons, 4-3.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss and the players celebrate in the locker room after winning the 1987 NBA finals against the Boston Celtics. The Lakers won Game 6, 106-93, and took the series 4-2.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shoots a hook shot against Larry Bird and Robert Parish during the 1985 NBA finals at the Boston Garden. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 4-2 to win the NBA championship. It was the Lakers' first victory over the Celtics in the finals.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Julius Erving and Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pose with the Larry O'Brien championship trophy. Erving would end up relinquishing his grip on the trophy after Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers won the championship series 4-2.
Magic Johnson celebrates with teammates after beating the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA finals on May 27, 1980, clinching the NBA title. It was this game where Julius Erving executed his behind-the-backboard shot, but Johnson played center and scored 42 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain fires a leaping scoop shot against the New York Knicks in their NBA finals playoff game at Los Angeles. The Lakers would claim the championship series, 4-1, over the Knicks.
The Minneapolis Lakers claimed their fifth NBA world championship after winning the series, 4-3, over the Syracuse Nationals. 1954 marked the only year a round-robin format was used in the playoffs (only nine teams were in the NBA at the time).
Coach John Kundla and assistant coach Dave McMillan pose with their NBA world champion Lakers following a 4-1 series victory over the New York Knickerbockers.
The Minneapolis Lakers pose for a photo after a 4-3 NBA championship series win over the New York Knickerbockers.
Jim Pollard shoots against the Boston Celtics during the 1950 season. The Lakers went on to win their second NBA championship series, 4-2, over the Syracuse Nationals.
Minneapolis Lakers star George Mikan (99) celebrates with his teammates after a 101-74 victory over the New York Knickerbookers. The Lakers won their first NBA championship series, 4-2, over the Washington Capitols, marking the start of the George Mikan and Minneapolis Lakers dynasty.