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The Minneapolis Lakers were a National Basketball League, Basketball Association of America and National Basketball Association team in Minneapolis. The franchise was founded in the National Basketball League in Detroit in 1946-47 as the Detroit Gems. The franchise relocated to Minneapolis in 1947-48 as the Minneapolis Lakers and joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948-49 before that league merged with the team's previous league to form the National Basketball Association in 1949-50. The team relocated to Los Angeles in 1960-61 as the Los Angeles Lakers, moved to Inglewood, California mid-season in 1967-68 and returned to Los Angeles in 1999-2000.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Association STAPLES Center Los Angeles 1999-2000
The Forum Presented by Chase Inglewood, California 1967-68 1999
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Los Angeles 1960-61 1967-68
Minneapolis Lakers Minneapolis Armory Minneapolis 1959-60 1959-60
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927) 1949-50 1958-59
Basketball Association of America 1948-49 1948-49
National Basketball League 1947-48 1947-48
Detroit Gems Detroit Cristo Rey High School Gym Detroit 1946-47 1946-47

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Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
National Basketball League
1947-48 43 17 0 1st in Western Division Defeated Oshkosh All-Stars 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated Quad-City Blackhawks 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Rochester Royals 3-1 (best-of-five)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (25 regular season games)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (two regular season games + five postseason games)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (three regular season games)
Basketball Association of America
1948-49 44 16 1 2nd in Western Division Defeated Chicago Stags 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Rochester Royals 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Washington Capitols 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (29 regular season games + three postseason games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (two postseason games)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (one regular season game)
National Basketball Association
1949-50 51 17 0 1st in Central Division Defeated Rochester Royals 78-76 in tiebreaker (single-elimination)
Defeated Chicago Stags 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Fort Wayne Pistons 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Anderson Packers 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Syracuse Nationals 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (30 regular season games + three postseason games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (two regular season games + three postseason games)
Mayo Civic Auditorium, Rochester, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (one regular season game)
1950-51 44 24 0 1st in Western Division Defeated Indianapolis Olympians 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Rochester Royals 3-1 (best-of-five)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (32 regular season games + one postseason game)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (three postseason games)
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee (two regular season games)
1951-52 40 26 1 2nd in Western Division Defeated Indianapolis Olympians 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Rochester Royals 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated New York Knickerbockers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (26 regular season games + four postseason games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (four games + three postseason games)
Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, Hibbing, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Hyslop Sports Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota (one regular season game)
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri (one regular season game)
1952-53 48 22 0 1st in Western Division Defeated Indianapolis Olympians 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Fort Wayne Pistons 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated New York Knickerbockers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (26 regular season games + two postseason games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (three regular season games + one postseason game)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (three postseason games)
Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minnesota (two regular season games)
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee (two regular season games)
Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, Hibbing, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Hyslop Sports Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota (one regular season game)
1953-54 46 26 0 1st in Western Division Finished 1st, 3-0 against Rochester Royals and Fort Wayne Pistons (double round-robin)
Defeated Rochester Royals 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated Syracuse Nationals 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (22 regular season games + six postseason games)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (one regular season game + two postseason games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (two regular season games)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana (one regular season game)
Boston Garden, Boston (one regular season game)
George Welsh Civic Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Michigan (one regular season game)
Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, Hibbing, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Huron Arena, Huron, South Dakota (one regular season game)
Hyslop Sports Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota (one regular season game)
Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis (one regular season game)
Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri (one regular season game)
Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio (one regular season game)
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee (one regular season game)
1954-55 40 32 3 2nd in Western Division Defeated Rochester Royals 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Fort Wayne Pistons 3-1 (best-of-five)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (18 regular season games + one expunged regular season game + one postseason game)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (five regular season games + one postseason game)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (two regular season games + two postseason games)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana (one regular season game)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (one regular season game)
Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, Hibbing, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Hippodrome, Waterloo, Iowa (one regular season game)
Huron Arena, Huron, South Dakota (one regular season game)
Hyslop Sports Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota (one regular season game)
Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Minot State College Fieldhouse, Minot, North Dakota (one regular season game)
Spencer Fieldhouse, Spencer, Iowa (one regular season game)
St. Louis Arena, St. Louis (one regular season game)
Textile Hall, Greenville, South Carolina (one expunged regular season game)
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa (one regular season game)
1955-56 33 39 4 2nd in Western Division Defeated by St. Louis Hawks 2-1 (best-of-three) Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (19 regular season games + two postseason games)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (six regular season games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (five regular season games)
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (three regular season games)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana (two regular season games)
Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minnesota (one regular season game)
1956-57 34 38 0 2nd in Western Division Defeated by St. Louis Hawks 114-111 in tiebreaker (single-elimination)
Defeated Fort Wayne Pistons 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by St. Louis Hawks 3-0 (best-of-five)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (21 regular season games + one postseason game)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (three regular season games + one postseason game)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana (two regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky (two regular season games)
Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (one regular season game)
Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium, La Crosse, Wisconsin (one regular season game)
Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minnesota (one regular season game)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (one regular season game)
St. Louis Arena, St. Louis (one regular season game)
Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba (one regular season game)
1957-58 19 53 22 4th in Western Division Did not qualify Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (23 regular season games)
Olympia Stadium, Detroit (five regular season games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (five regular season games)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (two regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
1958-59 33 39 16 2nd in Western Division Defeated Detroit Pistons 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated St. Louis Hawks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (19 regular season games)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (three regular season games + three postseason games)
Olympia Stadium, Detroit (three regular season games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (three postseason games)
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston (three regular season games)
Cow Palace, Daly City, California (two regular season games)
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (two regular season games)
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle (one regular season game)
Bojangles' Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina (one regular season game)
Centennial Pavilion, Portland, Oregon (one regular season game)
Hutton Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota (one postseason game)
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas (one regular season game)
1959-60 25 50 21 3rd in Western Division Defeated Detroit Pistons 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by St. Louis Hawks 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis (18 regular season games + four postseason games)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (four regular season games)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota (four regular season games)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles (three regular season games)
Cow Palace, Daly City, California (two regular season games)
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (two regular season games)
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle (one regular season game)
Boston Garden, Boston (one regular season game)
Olympia Stadium, Detroit (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (one regular season game)