Los Angeles Lakers Logo History


Basketball season begins in October and Toyota of Downtown LA is excited to relax and watch the Los Angeles Lakers hit the basketball courts. While our Los Angeles dealership gears up for the opening night and looks for Lakers news and rumors, we’re taking a look back at the history of the iconic LA Lakers logo. How much of the logo history do you know?


A Look Back at the Lakers’ Logo

Many Mission Hills-area Lakers fans may not realize, but a logo design can truly highlight the city and connect fans with their favorite team. While some team logos will stay constant throughout the history of a franchise, others will change for various reasons like the team relocates. Or, there’s no real reasoning behind the logo change. No matter what the history is, each LA Lakers logo has a story and Toyota of Downtown LA is taking a look at each one.


    • 1947: The Los Angeles Lakers were once the Minneapolis Lakers. They were named the “Lakers” in 1947 because of the 10,000 lakes that Minnesota had.


    • First Logo: This featured the state of Minnesota in white with a gold star on Minneapolis. The state is on a gold basketball with the words that say “MLPS” with
      LAKERS” at the top and bottom.


    • 1960: They moved to Los Angeles in 1960, and the first LA Lakers logo featured a gold basketball with “LAKERS” in purple with streaking lines and “LOS ANGELES” is written at the top.


    • 1976: Slight alterations were made with the ball looking more yellow and rotated with the wordmark in a light purple.


  • 2001: The current LA Lakers logo has some minor color iterations with the ball becoming more gold, the purple becoming darker, and the outline of the basketball in black is also slightly darker.


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