No NBA franchise has a more storied history than the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have 16 NBA championships and hold the NBA's longest winning streak at 33 games, set during the 1972-1973 season. Jerry West led the team to nine NBA finals appearances in the 1960s and 1970s and the team became even more dominant with the addition of Wilt Chamberlain. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Lakers in 1975 and it was after the addition of Earvin "Magic" Johnson in the 1979 draft. "Showtime" was born. The Lakers made 8 finals in 10 years. In the 1996 off-season, the Lakers acquired both 13th overall pick Kobe Bryant and all-star Shaquille O'Neal. A new dynasty was born with the Lakers winning three straight championships from 2000 to 2002 then, behind Kobe, another 2 in 2009 and 2010. Now, Lebron James looks to make his mark on Lakers history and lead them back to the promised land. This Official Lakers T-Shirt is 1980s-90s authentic and was acquired by Vintage Sports in 2018. This new old stock item was made in the USA and shipped to Europe approximately 35 years ago to be sold at the military Post Exchange in Mannheim, Germany. The Post Exchange is normally located on US military bases throughout the world and meant to provide US products to American troops. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the US military emphasis began to shift away from Germany to the Balkans. The garrison at Mannheim, once one of the largest in Europe is now mostly a ghost town.
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This item is a genuine vintage piece. It is new (unworn), has tags or authenticity stickers and is in excellent condition. However, some items may have slight imperfections caused by 30+ years of storage. Each item is carefully inspected before it leaves our facility in the United States. Small cracks in the paint etc. add to the patina of the item and should not be considered imperfections, they are a part of its rich American history.