10 Moves That Have Made The Lakers Better Than Everyone Else
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Whether you bleed purple and gold or you have to hold back your last meal at the sound of their name, the Lakers are unquestionably one of the most successful NBA franchises of all-time, and it’s humanly impossible to deny that fact.

  • They have won more games than any other team in the league’s history (3,027)
  • They have done more efficiently than any other team (61.9% winning percentage)
  • They have made 31 finals appearances, more than any other team in the league’s history
  • Oh yeah, they have won 16 championships since 1949; and that is only the tip of their Shaq-sized iceberg.

While it would take more pages than Bill Simmons’ bullet-stopping Book of Basketball to recognize every Laker statistic, it’s even more important to understand how they were able to achieve those numbers. Was it the result of having great players and stellar coaching? Of course, but how has the City of Angels’ favorite team been able to consistently put a winning lineup on the floor? Although the villainous Boston Celtics have the edge over the forum blue and gold in terms of total titles, the Lake Show is, bias aside, the better of the two storied rivals.

Here are the top 10 moves that put them in the position to become the greatest franchise in the history of the NBA.

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