The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a long and storied history, predating the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Founded in 1947, the Lakers are one of the NBA’s most famous and successful franchises. As of summer 2010, the Lakers hold the all-time records for wins (3,027), winning percentage (61.9%), and NBA Finals appearances (30). The Lakers have won 1 NBL title and 16 BAA/NBA titles. Their rosters have included some of the game’s greatest players, including George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant.
So, today I am grateful to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a Lakers fan, I am thankful to be able share the love and passion I have for my team. The Lakers have assisted me in weathering my own personal storms and sharing my joys and triumphs with friends and family. And the Lakers showed me that champions are willing to do whatever it takes, even things they hate, to create something they love. I will always remember this special moment in my life when my father, my brother Bob, late brother Rick, and myself went to Game 7 of the 1988 finals between the Lakers and the Pistons. To witness the Lakers Showtime in action and first back to back championship since the 1968-69 Celtics, was an amazing experience. And today it continues stronger, as I share the love of my favorite team with my two sons.