When it comes to the NBA’s most prestigious franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics top the list. In addition to the first and second most championships, a large majority of the best players in the game have qualified for at least one of these teams.
While the Lakers are in the midst of a rough patch now, there’s no denying their greatness throughout history. From Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain to Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, LA has consistently been one of the NBA’s most dominant teams.
During a recent episode of The Odd Couple, FS1’s Chris Broussard dove into the debate over which team is the best franchise in the league. He gives credit to the Celtics but believes the Lakers deserve the title most.
“They had almost all of the greatest players in history, about half of the greatest players of all time, I’m just saying that offhand.”
“Sorry Boston but it’s the best franchise in NBA history and they understand the value of LeBron.”
Broussard’s main defense is that most of the best players in history have donned a Laker jersey at some point. Some of the names he mentioned were Kareem, Jerry West, Shaq, Kobe, LeBron, and Magic Johnson.
Are the LA Lakers the biggest franchise in the NBA?
One could argue for the Boston Celtics, but LA is undoubtedly the NBA’s most prolific franchise. With all their championship banners and the prestige their name still holds today, it’s hard to tell if any team will ever come close to topping them.
The biggest thing that makes LA outstanding is how mainstream they’ve become. Even people who aren’t big fans of the NBA know who the Lakers are.
Broussard also makes a valid point. If you look at the 15-20 greatest players of all time, most have played for LA at some point in their careers. With so much size and talent throughout their history, it’s hard not to give them the title of best franchise in the league.
The Boston Celtics have a similar history, but it’s more familiar to die-hard NBA fans. They also have their fair share of firepower with Larry Bird, Bob Cousy and the late Bill Russell, but it doesn’t quite match their West Coast counterparts.
Both franchises deserve recognition for what they have done to make the NBA what it is today. But if there’s one to choose from, it’s the famous purple and gold.
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