Los Angeles Lakers Hall Of Famers

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Magic Johnson playing for the Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson playing for the Los Angeles Lakers (By Kip-koech, Licensed under CC BY 2.0, image link: flicker, cropped derivative)

Today when the “New Era” starts for the Lakers with LeBron James, I’m going to take you for a ride through the far history of the Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famers. We will also answer the ever asking question – Is Kobe Bryant in the Hall of Fame?

As a synonym for superb basketball, a “unit of measurement” for the beauty of the game and the most exceptional composure on the floor, Los Angeles Lakers went through practically all possible stages in basketball as a sport.

One thing is sure, the number of Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famers is going to grow years to come. Although you may think that only players can be invited to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but that’s not true. Many great coaches are also members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

One of the best coaches in the NBA, and in my opinion probably the best coach in the history of the NBA League, Phil Jackson is in LA Lakers Hall of Famers group.

With Chicago Bulls’s “Flying Highness” Michael Jordan and LA Lakers “Black Mamba” Kobe Bryant, he won as many as 11 rings for the champions of the world in the strongest basketball league in the world.

How many Hall of Famers do the Lakers have?

Many people are wondering, how many Hall of Famers do the Lakers have exactly!? I believe that many real fans of the Lakers will know that, but for you guys who don’t know, Lakers currently have 23 players in Hall of Fame.

Between these 23 LA Lakers Hall of Famers, some great players changed the NBA league and basketball itself.

George Mikan, Jerry West, James Worthy, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal are just some of the most famous and glorious names of Los Angeles Hall of Famers.

Those guys with their teammates, in that time, they raised this game to the whole new level.

All started with George Mikan (#99)  and first five NBA championships, then move to Los Angeles and Celtics rivalry with Jerry West aka “Mr. Clutch”, after that Wilt arrives, he was a vital part of their 1971–72 team that is considered one of the best in NBA history.

Between 1973 – 1991 the “Showtime” was built with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they led the “Showtime” Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s.

At that point, dry spell started for Lakers until my personal favorite period, Kobe and Shaq dynasty.

During the evening to remember, a new class of Hall of Fame members was presented, among them was Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq Hall of Fame speech, according to many, was one of the best speeches ever at the inauguration in the Hall of Fame. We could expect that from him because he is a TV presenter and a funny guy.

O’Neal thanked Bryant for winning three consecutive championships, but also for helping him get pushed off the team to the Miami Heat. Shaq Hall of Fame speech was truly a thing to listen and enjoy.

Is the Kobe Bryant in the Hall of Fame?

At this point, you probably keep asking yourself “Where is Kobe?!”, “Is the Kobe Bryant in the Hall of Fame?” First, let’s talk about Kobe a bit.

Bryant spent all his 20 years of professional career in the Lakers with whom he won five NBA titles. He is in the third position on the endless list of the best basketball players with a total of 33,643 points. He was twice the MVP of the NBA finals. One season MVP, 17 times participated in All-Star game and 4 times MVP of the same, twice the winner of the slam dunk competition, 11 times in the best team of the league, the best scorer in Lakers history, who managed to score 81 points in one match, putting himself in second place behind Wilt Chamberlain. During his career, he scored 25 points on average, scored 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

He spent more than half of his life in the NBA league. He stretched his energy and fed himself with whistles and insults of his opponents and turned into poetry on the court. When it was most intense and most important, he took the ball into his hands. He merely loved that responsibility. Every minute, every second, he played every game to win and prove himself and the world to be the best, that he deserves a place in Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famers.

In his last season at the age of 37, we had the opportunity to see something from that old Kobe we all know, ruthless and cold-blooded Bryant.

However, as he wrote in an emotional farewell letter in which he announced that he will retire: “My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye. And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now so we both can savor every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have. And we both know, no matter what I do next I’ll always be that kid with the rolled up socks.

 

Garbage can in the corner, 5 seconds on the clock, Ball in my hands. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1”

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