NBA Playoffs: Lakers have only missed the playoffs five times in franchise history

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 5:14 p.m. MDT

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Associated Press
Record: 19-53

Place: Fourth in Western Division (Last)

Coaches: George Mikan (9-30), John Kundla (10-23)

Key Player: Forward Larry Foust - Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game.

The 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers were riddled with coaching issues. George Mikan, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1947, was hired as head coach in the off-season. After a 9-30 start, he resigned midway through the year.

John Kundla, the head coach of the Lakers their first nine years of existence, came out of retirement to take over the team. The turmoil in the coaching staff was in large part the reason the Lakers couldn't find a groove all season.

Finishing last in the league in 1957-58 led to a No. 1 draft pick the following season, which they used to select Elgin Baylor. He went on to be Rookie of the Year and help the Lakers advance to the finals just one year after checking in as the worst team in the league.
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