Why Are They Called the "Lakers"?

As a lifelong Laker fan, I couldn’t let the momentous occasion of the seventh game of the National Basketball Association championships pass without comment. But we still have a minor water theme for today.
My all-time favorite Laker is Jerry West. A country boy, like me, West was known as “Zeke from Cabin Creek” — a reference to his home town in West Virginia, as well as “Mister Clutch.” He disliked the former, and truly deserved the latter, despite an abysmal record in the NBA finals. He was never on a team that defeated the Boston Celtics for a championship. Years of outstanding teams followed by devastation at the hands of the Celtics make this year’s championship battle particularly poignant.
He and UCLA alum Gail Goodrich made up perhaps the finest backcourt pair in NBA history. Both were remarkable outside shooters, but practiced their art prior to the 3-point shot. One can only imagine how many points these guys would have scored had the 3-pointer been in effect during their careers.
Today’s picture is the official NBA logo, which is rumored to have been modeled after Jerry West. True or not, no one deserves this more.
But back to water. How did the Lakers get their name, when there is nothing resembling a “lake” anywhere near Los Angeles? Like most West Coast sports franchises, the Lakers are a transplant. They moved out to LA a couple years after the Dodgers and Giants made their moves in baseball. They came from Minneapolis, Minnesota — “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
Go Lakers!

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