Kareem played 14 seasons with the Lakers, winning 5 championships (he won 1 in Milwaukee) with 1 finals MVP, and 3 league MVPs (out of his 6 total). He’s the all time points leader in the NBA with the title of his points coming from the Lakers. For the majority of his career he was probably the best or second best player in the NBA. Magic Johnson played his entire 13 year career with the Lakers. Winning 5 championships, 3 finals MVPs, 3 league MVPs. It was always debated as to who the best player in the league was during Magic’s career. At the beginning it was Kareem, then it was Magic vs Bird. Then it was the 2 of them vs Jordan. At the end it was just Jordan. Kobe Bryant played his entire 20 year career with the Lakers. Magic Johnson called him the greatest Laker of all time. 5 championships in 7 finals, 2 finals MVPs one season MVP. 3rd all time in scoring. Least efficient shooter in the top 10. If you ask any Laker fan today most of them would say from a purely personal favorite Laker player to watch, Kobe would be 1 or 2. This is just talking about as a player. If we are including as an executive Jerry West comes into play. And some would include George Mikan, but I never saw him play so I don’t.
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