Los Angeles Lakers stories from the SI Vault

• A Trip For Ten Tall Men By James Murray, January 30, 1961 The bizarre and the pathetic are encountered daily by basketball's Los Angeles Lakers as they crisscross the country to meet their demanding schedule.

Smashing Hurrah For The Lakers By John Underwood, February 8, 1965 Playing in the bright, airy Los Angeles Arena, the Lakers are the most enthusiastically supported team in the National Basketball Association, with movie stars like Doris Day (left, at her all-American-girl best), Dean Martin and Bing Crosby leading the cheers.

On Top - But In Trouble By Frank Deford, January 27, 1969 Wilt Chamberlain was going to make the Los Angeles Lakers go. Now it looks like the only going thing may be Coach Butch van Breda Kolff. The team is winning, but the price comes high.

Getting Up And Going After A Title By Peter Carry, December 13, 1971 Old pro Bill Sharman, the new coach, keys his program to plenty of training and, sure enough, the breakaway Lakers are out to prove that practice makes perfect.

Swish And They're In By Peter Carry, May 15, 1972 Flashing lots of hot hands -- and a single sore one -- Los Angeles goes all the way.

It's A Wild West Show By Curry Kirkpatrick, February 14, 1977 Abdul-Jabbar is putting up a Moon Ball, Jerry West is coaching up a storm and the Lakers are up at the top.

Arms And The Man By John Papanek, May 26, 1980 With the Big Fella out, Magic Johnson was the Man. He came through transcendently as L.A. won the NBA title.

The 'Movie Stars' Changed Their Act By Alexander Wolff, June 10, 1985 Glittery Los Angeles took top billing with a smash double feature after Boston's Celtics dominated the premiere.

I'll Deal With It By Magic Johnson, November 18, 1991 HIV has forced me to retire, but I'll still enjoy life as I speak out about safe sex.

Welcome To The Club, Big Guy By Richard Hoffer, November 11, 1996 From George Mikan to Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers centers have been pivotal to the pro game's evolution.

The Shaq Factor By Jack McCallum, June 17, 2002 How have Shaquille O'Neal, and his size 22s led the Lakers' march to a third straight title? Let us count the ways.

The End By Jack McCallum, July 26, 2004 By trading Shaquille O'Neal and keeping Kobe Bryant, the Lakers dropped the curtain on the NBA's most riveting soap opera. (Can you hear the applause all over the West?)

Satisfaction By Chris Ballard, June 22, 2009 The Lakers are NBA champions again, and it's because they have a star who would settle for nothing less.

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