The most important franchise in all of basketball? Agree, disagree…?
Washington Post: There’s no place in America where pro basketball matters as much as the Lakers do to Southern California in June. The Lakers aren’t secondary to the folks here, as the Celtics are to the Red Sox in Boston. There’s no pro football team consuming the local passions here like there is in Washington or Dallas.
The most famous names of all here are Laker names: Wilt, West and Baylor.
Kareem and Magic, Shaq and Kobe, Buss and Jackson. The Lakers aren’t the only show in town — but they’re the biggest, the best and the most important.
That’s because the Lakers, arguably, are the most important basketball franchise in the world. Yes, the Celtics have won more league championships, 17 to the Lakers’ 14. But of the 60 NBA Finals in league history, the Lakers have played in 29. And it’s likely that seven of the top 50 players in the history of the game are Lakers.