LA Lakers in Danger of Worst Record in Franchise History

After a 36-point loss to the Clippers Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers are 1-10 in their last 11 games. How much lower will they go—could this season’s record become the worst in franchise history?

At one point on Friday, the Purple and Gold were down by 41 points. They managed to make some minor headway in the third quarter, at least avoiding their all-time margin of loss—46 points, courtesy of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995.

The Lakers’ record now stands at 14-23 (.378) and is headed toward oblivion. The Lakers will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, and when that’s all wrapped up, there could be a tie for obscurity.

Let’s begin our journey through five concentric circles of pure wretchedness, also known as the worst records ever for the Lakers franchise in terms of percentage, from five to one:


2004-05 Los Angeles Lakers, 34-48 (.415)

It wouldn’t be a stretch to see the Lakers match their 2004-05 season. After a stunning meltdown against the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals, Phil Jackson left, Shaquille O’Neal was traded and Rudy Tomjanovich was hired. Rudy T actually had a respectable 24-19 record before stepping aside, citing health reasons.

This was the season that saw Chris Mihm starting at center with Chucky Atkins running the point. Frank Hamblen stepped in as the interim head coach and finished things off with a 10-29 record. Final tally: 34-48.

This current Lakers squad could match that low without even trying. Let’s just go ahead and lower the bar a notch.


1993-94 Los Angeles Lakers, 33-49 (.402)

The Lakers went 33-49 during the 1993-94 season with three different head coaches—Randy Pfund, Bill Bertka and Magic Johnson. Vlade “Sweat Mop” Divac led the Lakers in scoring, and it was Nic...

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