Lakers Tickets

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Lakers tickets have become a good deal easier to procure ever since Shaquille O'Neal left the City of Angeles for Miami. Let's be clear: Lakers tickets have always been hot commodities, and not without good reason. With names such as Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, and Magic Johnson in its hallowed halls, the Lakers are one of the proudest organizations in basketball history.

A second reason Lakers tickets are always in demand is that "The Lake Show" is the biggest game in town. While Los Angeles Kings hockey earns a strong following, there's simply less interest in the sport in L.A. than there is in, say, Montreal or Edmonton. Moreover, while L.A. is blessed with two annually strong college football teams in USC and UCLA, there are no professional football teams in the Greater Los Angeles area.

So Why Have Lakers Tickets Become Easier to Find?

Apart from losing Shaq, the Lakers have also said goodbye to coach Phil Jackson, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships before carrying the Lakers to three of their own. Public spats between Jackson and Kobe Bryant were only one factor in the coach's decision to leave. After winning nine championships, the record for all-time winning percentage among NBA coaches, and more postseason victories than anyone in history, how much is there left to achieve?

While the Lakers' All-Star profile suffered from the loss of guard Gary Payton and forward Karl Malone, each of whom are certain Hall of Famers, good Lakers seats can still be hard to come by. Those that aren't gobbled up by the organization's front office are bought up instead by actors, directors, and other entertainment industry heavyweights. You may find that a seat at Staples Center still requires weeks worth of scouting, comparing, and haggling. Checking in regularly with online ticket brokers can pay off when someone with season tickets near the floor decides that they can't make a game, allowing you to scoop up their tickets.

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