Ranking the Greatest Jerseys in Los Angeles Lakers History
In comparison to other teams in professional sports, the Los Angeles Lakers’ jerseys have varied very little since moving to Los Angeles in 1960.
But that’s not to say they haven’t varied enough to rank the top five in team history.
So, go and grab your Lakers jersey and enjoy taking a look back at the franchise’s best jerseys.
Photos in the following slides courtesy of: lakerstats.com
For the start of the Phil Jackson era, the team added a sleek border on the side of their jerseys (purple for home uniforms and yellow for away) and a V-neck collar.
The change was needed, seeing as the team had not made one in 20 years.
When the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960, the team carried over their blue and white colors from Minneapolis.
The combination of the blue with the cursive writing on the front makes this the best-looking of all the team’s jerseys.
3. 2002 to Present: Alternate White Home Jersey
Since the 2002-03 season, the Los Angeles Lakers have worn an alternate home jersey for games played on Sundays at Staples Center.
I have always found these alternate white uniforms aesthetically pleasing. Also, they remind me of all the memories I have of relaxing and watching the Lakers on Sunday evenings.
After spending their first six seasons in Los Angeles sporting blue and white, the franchise introduced their patented purple and gold jerseys prior to the 1966-67 season.
Now no other franchise is associated as much with their colors than the Lakers are with purple and gold.
This uniform can be thought of as the “Showtime” uniform. When Magic Johnson, Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar and the rest of the Lakers were playing in the 1980s, they donned this jersey.
And despite the short shorts, this is the most “successful” jersey in franchise history, considering that the team won five championships while wearing it.