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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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Record: 33-49

Place: Fifth, Pacific Division

Coach: Randy Pfund (27-37), Bill Bertka (1-1), Magic Johnson (5-11)

Key players: Vlade Divac - Averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. Nick Van Exel – Averaged 13 points and five assists per game.

This was another Laker season with turmoil at the coaching position. With the team headed south fast by mid-March, L.A. replaced coach Randy Pfund with Magic Johnson.

Although it originally looked like a great idea, with Johnson's coaching career launching a 5-1 record, it quickly failed. Johnson realized he wasn't cut out for coaching and retired at the end of the season. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the decision to place Johnson as head coach led to a losing record and rare playoff miss.

This year the Lakers drafted Nick Van Exel who turned in five solid years in L.A., but really flourished after moving to the Denver Nuggets.
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