Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Twelve years after being drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, James Worthy was calling it quits. Aching knees has taken the strength and speed away from the tenacious small forward, leaving Worthy a bench player in his final appearances with the Lakers. In a press conference 17 years ago today, Worthy made his retirement from the game formal, and with it, ended the career of the last remaining pillar of the Showtime Lakers from the 1980s.

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Things were looking different for the Lakers at the start of the 1990-91 NBA season. Longtime center Kareem Abdul-Jabaar had retired two seasons ago, Hall-of Fame coach Pat Riley had left the team after the 1989-90 season citing burnout, and the team had begun the season 0-2. New Laker coach Mike Dunleavy, in his first career head coaching position, was inserted into a job where championships were expectations.

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSfy4AhDDnw] In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances...

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and...

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and...

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and...

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and...

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and...

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The NBA released its 2011-2012 schedule a few days ago, and Laker fans immediately looked to see when they will play the likes of...

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Kobe Bryant, who turns 33 this August, will go down as one of the best dunkers of all-time. At his age and the wear...

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Photo by Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images There has been much debate on who should succeed Phil Jackson as the Lakers next head coach. Brian...

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Nation Discussion: Should Andrew Bynum be suspended for his flagrant 2 against the Wolves Friday night?

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Nation Discussion: Ron Artest could win Defensive Player Of the Year.

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The past season for the Lakers was one of the most painful things to watch. A new era aims to change that. The question is, however: Why should we believe?