NBA Playoff race: L.A. Lakers only missed the postseason five times in franchise history
As the 2012-13 NBA regular season nears the end, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of missing the playoffs for just the sixth time in franchise history.
The Los Angeles Lakers began in Minneapolis in 1947. The name Lakers came from Minnesota's nickname,"The Land of 10,000 Lakes."
Since starting up, the Lakers have made playoff appearances in all but five seasons. In the years that they missed the postseason, it was usually due to turmoil in the coaching staff or offseason trades.
L.A. only missed the playoffs two seasons in a row once, during the years of 1974-76.
The Utah Jazz and the Lakers have each taken turns in the eighth spot as of late. If the Jazz hold onto the final seed, the Lakers will miss the playoffs despite their late season push.
See the full list of years the Lakers missed the postseason.
- Jimmer Fredette on defense: 'You have to have...
- Dick Harmon: Even more urgency needed as...
- Already impressing: Utah Jazz rookie Dante...
- Travis Wilson back in the saddle as Utes'...
- Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke getting an...
- Midseason recap and awards for BYU and Utah
- Reeling Cougars 'starving for some redemption'
- Report: Former BYU receiver Cody Hoffman to...
- Utes top Oregon State in double overtime 114
- Nevada rallies to beat BYU, 42-35 68
- Dick Harmon: BYU amasses yards but... 49
- Mired in 3-game losing streak, BYU... 49
- Dick Harmon: Even more urgency needed... 41
- FBS football coaches vote BYU most... 37
- Brad Rock: Utes have their star in... 28
- College football: Utah rises to No. 19... 26