It's tough to pick just one cool player from a franchise that has seen the likes of Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson and so many other great players.
But at the end of the day, I have to settle for the player known as Superman, Diesel, Shaqtus, The Big Cactus, The Big Aristotle, The Big Agave, The Real Deal, Shaq-fu and now The Big AARP.
As if I haven't already proven my point, there's the undeniable coolness that Shaq possesses both on and off the court. He's one of the most quotable players in NBA history, once even confusing the Parthenon for one of the clubs he visited in Greece.
He doesn't give a damn what others think about him, not even the legendary Kobe.
And most of all, who could stop this beast of a man in the paint during the early 2000s?
Shaq isn't cool. Shaq defines cool.
Like you said, picking one from the long well-known history of Laker greats isn't a simple task. I really thought about The Logo (come on, he's the NBA's logo!) and Kobe. But ultimately, I knew I couldn't pick anyone else but Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
His accolades on the court, as well as his troubles and triumphs off the court, are well-documented. But consider, for a second, what the history of this league would be without Magic Johnson?
We wouldn't have his iconic Game 6 in the 1980 Finals, where he led the Kareem-less Lakers to a championship in his rookie season by playing every single position during that one game.
We wouldn't have memories of his unusually graceful 6'9" frame running the fast break better than anyone else ever has or will.
We wouldn't have one of the greatest leaders in all of sports history commanding the court and battling against some of the all-time greats with the Showtime Lakers, as well as one of the most charismatic athletes to become a genuine superstar celebrity.
And most of all, we wouldn't have possibly the single most famous shot in all of basketball: the running skyhook.
And if all of that isn't enough for you, the man gave himself the nickname "Magic". What's cooler than that?