Other than an immense number of superstars, the Los Angeles Lakers have also played host to a wide selection of stars way past their prime.
The Los Angeles Lakers have had an incredibly rich tradition of stars and superstars wear purple and gold. From George Mikan in the ’40s, all the way to the more recent cases of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, the crème de la crème has always been drawn to Los Angeles.
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As a result, it should come as no surprise, that the Lakers have won a total of 16 NBA Championships, being second only to the Boston Celtics and their 17 chips.
Throughout the franchise’s history, there have been many NBA superstars that have led the Lakers to a championship. Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant are the first names that come to mind, with many more to follow.
Other than that, due to the team’s winning mentality and constant championship contention, a slew of former All-Stars have often turned to Los Angeles in their quest to win an NBA championship. Some of them were even chasing their first one.
Before we jump on to this list, please refrain from pondering as to why LeBron James is not on this list. That is mainly because, despite being 35 years of age, the man is still in his prime.
Call it “ring-chasing” or not, these Hall-of-Famers spent their final years in the league on contending Lakers teams. A couple of them even managed to get a few rings. Regardless of that, Lakers fans will always be fond of them.
Honorable Mentions: Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas, Luol Deng