10 Greatest Nicknames in Lakers History

#8 – The Big Smooth

Only with the Lakers for two and a half short years, Sam Perkins made the most of his short tenure in LA.  He showed up at the Great Western Forum after Lakers Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had retired to share duties at the center position with a young Vlade Divac. Vlade may have been the starting center, but when the game was on the line big Sam Perkins was in. With his sweet and effortless shooting stroke, Sam was a rare big man who could step outside and knock down a big shot. So when he drained the game winning 3 pointer in Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals, no one was really surprised.

Kobe Quiz Pau Quiz | Lamar Quiz | Fish Quiz Ultimate Fan Quiz

For a mellow dude who always appeared to be stoned out of his mind, Sam Perkins seemingly had enough brain cells left to show up big in crunch time. Maybe his time spent down on Tobacco Road with Mike Jordan and James Worthy rubbed off on him, but at some point Sam Perkins became a big time clutch player. That’s why he earned the coolest nickname in Laker History, The Big Smooth.

Next: In Heaven with No. Seven

You May Also Like

Montrezl Harrell Reveling In Lakers’ ‘Free-Flowing’ Offense

The Los Angeles Lakers’ most surprising move of free agency was undoubtedly the signing of Montrezl Harrell…

Jim Buss Kills Lakers Trade Rumor Ideas

The trade speculation surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers heading into the NBA…

Lakers News: Injuries To Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball Have Forced Luke Walton To Use Julius Randle In Point-Forward Role

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has had to resort to some creative lineup and rotation juggling in the…

NBA Free Agent Paul George Posts ‘Good Spirits’ Photo In Hospital Gown

Throughout the 2017-18 NBA season, Paul George has been constantly linked to the Los Angeles Lakers in his upcoming…