THE NICKNAMES
Behind The Name
Bobcats
Bucks
Bulls
Cavaliers
Celtics
Clippers
Grizzlies
Hawks
Heat
Hornets
Jazz
Kings
Knicks
Lakers
Magic
Mavericks
Nets
Nuggets
Pacers
Pistons
Raptors
Rockets
Sixers
Sonics
Spurs
Suns
Timberwolves
Trail Blazers
Warriors
Wizards
The Minneapolis Lakers began play in the National Basketball League in 1947-48, moving to the Basketball Association of America (the NBA’s forerunner) a year later.

The nickname chosen for the team was based on the state motto, “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Even though there are few lakes in Los Angeles, the nickname was retained when the team relocated there in 1960.