Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The Los Angeles Lakers
Wayne and I are on another sports-cation in Southern California. I have to be honest, I'm not a huge sports fan. But I do enjoy attending live games. There's something about the excitement of the crowd that makes the game more exciting.
This trip, in addition to USC men's and women's basketball games, we went to a Los Angeles Lakers game. Here we are at the game trying to take a selfie. Right when I shot the picture, the roving purple light came our way.
The Lakers began as a team in Minneapolis in 1947-48 as part of the National Basketball League. The following season they changed to the Basketball Association of America. In 1949-50, the two leagues joined to form the National Basketball Association, the NBA we have today.
In 1960-61 the Lakers moved to Los Angeles to become the first west coast team in the NBA. And here they've stayed and thrived.
There have been some powerhouse names associated with the Lakers: Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and now Kobe Bryant, who began playing at the age of 17 right out of high school in 1996. He's had an amazing long and productive career with the Lakers.
The Lakers play in Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. It's a vibrant part of town that includes the Convention Center, Nokia Theater L.A. Live, and the Grammy Museum. The streets are lines with restaurants and lots of nightlife spots.
Staples Center is also home to the Clippers basketball team (only LA could be big enough host two NBA teams), the Sparks Women's National Basketball Association team, and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. It must take a lot of work (not to mention expense) to turn a basketball court into a hockey rink and back and forth several times a week.
So, if you are traveling to the Los Angeles area, consider a sports-cation of your own. You can stay downtown and walk to the games, or park in one of the many lots nearby. -- Margy