3. Mitch Kupchak
The Lakers had one of the most successful off-seasons in NBA history in 2012 as they put together a starting five of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. Not to mention, the team also added Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison to the bench.
The man behind all the impressive moves was Mitch Kupchak, one of the best general managers in the game today. Not only was Kupchak the mastermind behind the additions of Nash and Howard, but he also was the one who brought Gasol to the team. The Lakers never accept mediocrity and with such a demanding fan base, an elite roster is imperative to keeping the sanity in the city.
2. Jerry Buss
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most recognizable and successful franchises in all of sports. Their logo is a world-wide icon and the franchise has fans from all over the world. The 16 championship banners hanging from Staples Center are symbols for the greatness of the franchise and the rich history associated with the team.
The Lakers have become a model franchise in the NBA and a lot of that is due to the efforts of Jerry Buss. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979 and has won 10 championships in that time. Buss was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, something that was long overdue for his amazing feats with the Lakers.
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