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Where Are They Now: Los Angeles Lakers

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Magic Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, and during his time with the Lakers he won five NBA championships and three MVP awards. Johnson was a centerpiece for the Lakers during the 1980's, and although primarily a point guard, he played all positions on the court and finished his 13-year NBA career averaging 19 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds per game, and really is one of the greatest all-around players to ever play the sport.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Johnson retired early in 1991 because he tested HIV-positive, and although he returned in 1995 to play one more season, he's had a very successful career after basketball. He currently is a member of the group that recently purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion, and also runs a variety of businesses on the side and even has his own foundation dealing with HIV and AIDS in urban youths.

James Worthy

James Worthy

Just like Magic, James Worthy was selected first overall by the Lakers, only this time in 1982. The Lakers acquired the pick via a trade and selected Worthy out of North Carolina, and he quickly became an important contributor by averaging 13 points per game and making the 1983 All-Rookie First Team. 1985 was the year Worthy made his emergence into the spotlight as he averaged 21 points per game on 62% shooting in the playoffs, and was the first of seven straight seasons he made the All-Star team.

James Worthy

James Worthy

Although retired since 1994, Worthy is still involved with the sport as he's a studio analyst for Time Warner, and is the host of the Lakers' pre and postgame broadcast. Worthy also runs his own business, Worthy Enterprises, which is a multidimensional consulting firm for various companies. Worthy has kept busy since leaving the NBA, and like Magic he has his own foundation that gives back to youths.

Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis

Rambis got his start in professional basketball playing in Greece, but after just one season he signed with the Lakers and played an important piece in four of their championships during the 80's. Rambis wasn't the all-around star that Magic or Worthy were, but he was a favorite of Lakers fans because of his hustle, and thick-rimmed glasses that earned him the nickname Superman. Rambis only averaged five points and five rebounds per game during his career, but he's been a lasting figure in the sport for over 30 years.

Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis

Rambis found his way onto the Lakers' coaching staff upon his final retirement in 1996, and quickly rose up the ranks as he was already the head coach in 1999, the season that was shortened to just 50 games because of the lockout. Rambis however returned to being an assistant coach in 2000, and after seeing success under Phil Jackson, he got a second chance at coaching with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it was a short lives experience as he went 32-132 in two seasons at the helm.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, and is the NBA's all-time scoring leader with 38,387 career points. Abdul-Jabbar spent time with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, but he built his legacy winning six career championships, five of which came with the Lakers, and being named an NBA All-Star a record 19 times. Kareem was another centerpiece of the Lakers organization during the 1980's, and along with Magic Johnson he led the charge for possibly one of the greatest teams the NBA has ever seen.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

After his 21-year playing career came to an end in 1989, Kareem spent time as an assistant coach for multiple franchises, but since 2005 has been a special assistant to the Los Angeles Lakers. Because of his dominance in the post and signature skyhook, Kareem has served as a mentor to many young NBA players during the off-season in recent years, and has also authored several books since his retirement, many of which are highly regarded.

Byron Scott

Byron Scott

Byron Scott was yet another high draft pick the Lakers acquired via a trade, this time with the San Diego Clippers in exchange for Norm Nixon. Scott played a key role as a member of the 'Showtime' Lakers of the 80's by making the All-Rookie First Team in 1983, and being a starter alongside the likes of Magic Johnson, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and A.C. Green during a period in which they won three NBA championships in the late 1980's.

Byron Scott

Byron Scott

Scott played for two other NBA franchises after leaving the Lakers in 1993, and upon his retirement from basketball after a season in Greece, he became an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings in 1998. After just three years he was offered his first head coaching gig, and as of 2014 has been the head coach of three different franchises and has a career record of 416-521.

A.C. Green

A.C. Green

Although Green played alongside the tall and talented Magic Johnson and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, he led the Lakers in rebounding six of his eight years on the team, and although not a flashy player he was reliable and played in 1,192 straight games, the longest such streak in NBA history. Green won a total of three NBA championships during his career, and two of those came in his early years with the Lakers, but his third and final came in 2000, his second stint with the Lakers before retiring in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat.

A.C. Green

A.C. Green

Green has always been deeply religious and proud of it, and since retiring he's run multiple youth camps through his A.C. Green Youth Foundation, which promotes abstinence until marriage. Green also is a member of a multi-level marketing company, and has dabbled in quite a few different business ventures, including myWinningFactor, a network marketing company that distributes pain relieving patches.

Pat Riley

Pat Riley

Pat Riley is one of the most success basketball coaches in the history of the NBA, and from 1981-1990 he served as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Riley led the Lakers to four championships in the 80's, including four consecutive finals appearances from 1981-1985. Riley got to the head coaching job through a series of odd events, but it's a good thing he did because he now is one of the most respected minds in the game.

Pat Riley

Pat Riley

Riley spent a total of 24 years as an NBA head coach, but after a dismal 2007-08 season with the Miami Heat he stepped down and focused soley on his role as team President. Riley is still the President of the Heat, where he's built a modern day dynasty thanks to the acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper was never a star during his 13-year career, all of which was spent with the Lakers, but he won five NBA championships and was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1987. Cooper made a total of eight NBA All-Defensive teams during his career, and was an underrated piece of the 'Showtime' Lakers.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Cooper ended his playing career in 1991, after one year in Italy, and got his start as an assistant coach with the Lakers in 1994. He then became a prominant member of the WNBA as he was named the Los Angeles Sparks head coach in 1999, and then named the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2000 before winning back-to-back titles with the Sparks. Cooper is now the head coach of the Atlanta Dream, and ranks second among WNBA coaches in career winning percentage (.663).

Bob McAdoo

Bob McAdoo

Bob McAdoo was past his prime when he joined the Lakers in 1981, but he was a back-up center who averaged 20 minutes per game the last five years of his Hall of Fame career. McAdoo was a dominant scorer during his earlier days, but he was efficient in his minimal minutes while playing for the Lakers as he averaged 13 points and five rebounds during his time there, and was part of two championship teams.

Bob McAdoo

Bob McAdoo

McAdoo retired from basketball in 1993 at the age of 42, but has been involved in the sport every season since as the 2014 season marked his 18th year as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. He primarily works with the team's big men, and has been apart of three championship squads.

Jerry Buss

Jerry Buss

Jerry Buss never played in the NBA, but he purchased the Los Angeles Lakers, along with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, in 1979, the same year the team drafted Magic Johnson and began it's dominant run during the 1980's. Buss won a total of 10 NBA championships as owner of the Lakers, and was one of the most respected men in the sport until his death.

Jerry Buss

Jerry Buss

Buss spent months in the hospital in 2012 with an undisclosed medical condition, and on February 14, 2013, just four days before he passed away, the Buss family announced he had been battling cancer for nealry a year. Up until his death Buss spent much of his time and money at the poker table as he was a high stakes gambler who finished as good as third place in the 1991 World Series of Poker seven-card stud event.

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