How Did the Los Angeles Lakers Get Their Name and Where Did the Los Angeles Lakers Come From?

The Los Angeles Lakers are actually named after lakes in Minnesota.

Los Angeles has a notable shortage of lakes compared to other cities, it’s in a desert, after all.

When the team was formed in 1948, it was in Minneapolis, in the “land of a thousand lakes.”

When the team got relocated to Los Angeles in 1960, the new owners didn’t bother changing its name.

As a result, generations of basketball fans have labored under the misimpression that Los Angeles has lakes.

No wonder school kids have trouble with geography.

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