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About the Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most popular franchises in NBA history, but the team wasn't always at home in the City of Angels. Prior to 1960, they were known as the Minneapolis Lakers—a nod to their home state's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Though they're a long way from their frosty Minnesota roots today, the LA Lakers are as hot as ever in their West Coast digs. 

The team has a long and storied history of hosting some of the most legendary athletes to ever play the game—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Magic Johnson have all worn purple and gold over the years, followed by modern players like LeBron, Kobe, and Shaq. It's no wonder the Lakers have become LA's most sensational basketball team. (Sorry, Clippers fans. We only speak the truth!)

It’s Showtime: The Golden Age of the Lakers

There’s never been a bad time to be a Lakers fan. That said, there was something special about 1980s basketball in Los Angeles. Sure, the '60s saw LA make the NBA finals a total of six times, and the '70s shined with Wilt the Stilt, but nothing quite compares to the Lakers in the '80s. Nicknamed the "Showtime" era, this epic decade of Lakers basketball was defined by a fast-paced, freewheeling style, led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The team's entertaining spirit and fast-break offensive plays enthralled spectators and set the Lakers on fire in a way that fans wouldn't see again until the late 1990s. During this time, LA won five championships in nine years, solidifying the Lakers' reputation as the team to beat. 

A Rivalry to End All Rivalries

What’s a legendary basketball team without a formidable rival, though? When it comes to Lakers rivalries, there’s one that stands out head and shoulders above the rest: Los Angeles versus Boston. Over the years, the many matchups between the Lakers and Celtics have become the stuff of pro basketball legend—particularly during Boston's famed Larry Bird era. The Lakers-Celtics rivalry dominated the NBA for close to 20 years, beginning in 1959 at their first finals face-off. There would be another 11 NBA Finals battles between the two teams, nine of which would occur between the '60s and '80s. Boston has always been a tough nut to crack for the Lakers—every time the team met in the 1960s, the Celtics came out on top. In fact, the Celtics are the only team that has an overall winning record against their bitter rivals... but records are made to be broken, right? 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the Lakers play?

The LA Lakers enjoy home-court advantage at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. This 20,000-seat stadium isn’t just home to the Lakers, though—it also hosts the Los Angeles Clippers (LA’s “other” NBA team), NHL hockey's LA Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The Staples Center also features more than 250 concerts and other live events every year, making it a pretty popular arena by all accounts!

When do Lakers tickets go on sale?

The NBA confirms its schedule well in advance, so LA fans can snag Lakers tickets whenever they want! While you can purchase tickets directly from the NBA, you'll likely find a better deal on a ticket marketplace like Gametime. If you're looking for cheap last-minute LA Lakers tickets, you're in the right place!

When is the best time to buy cheap Lakers tickets?

You’re more likely to find the cheapest Lakers tickets if you wait until the last minute to purchase them. Unsold tickets mean lost revenue for the seller, so they're often motivated to sell at the last minute, leading to cheaper tickets for you. Score! Of course, Lakers tickets can still fluctuate in price. If the Celtics are in town—remember that epic rivalry?!—those tickets are going to be more expensive. Likewise, if the Lakers make the playoffs, you can bet that tickets will be pricey. As a general rule of thumb, though, waiting until the last minute gives you a good chance of finding cheap Lakers tickets. 

So what’s the best way to buy Lakers tickets?

The best way to buy the cheapest Lakers tickets is always going to be online, and a ticket marketplace is more likely to get you a good deal than buying directly from the NBA. Gametime provides fans with the best seats at the best prices, making it easy for Lakers fans to get into the game. Thanks to our innovative stadium seating chart and seat view photos, you'll always know what you're getting—no surprises. 

Why should I choose Gametime over another ticket reseller?

Not all ticket marketplaces are created equal. At Gametime, we’re committed to providing a premium experience, with some of the lowest service fees in the industry. On top of that, Gametime guarantees that we’ll have your tickets ready to go by game day, so you don’t miss a minute of the action. If we don’t come through in time, your seats are on us!

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