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Gallery: L.A. Laker greats of the past
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, left front, head coach Phil Jackson, center right, during Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 122-86. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, right, shakes hands with former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson as Jeanie Buss, Lakers executive vice president of business operations, looks after they retired his jersey during the half of the Lakers'  NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Karl Malone reacts to a call in the second quarter of game one of their NBA Western Conference Finals series against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, May 21, 2004, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Los Angeles Lakers' Karl Malone embraces teammate Gary Payton (20) as Kobe Bryant, back left, Rick Fox, back center, and Shaquille O'Neal celebrate after the Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 96-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 31, 2004, in Los Angeles. The Lakers advance to the NBA Finals.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers' Karl Malone and coach Phil Jackson, right, talk Monday, June 7, 2004, during a team practice in Los Angeles. The Detroit Pistons beat the Lakers in the first game of the NBA finals Sunday. (AP Photos/Michael Tweed)
Los Angeles Lakers' Karl Malone goes up for basket over Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace during the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Tuesday, June 8, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone shoots over the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, (30) during the first quarter of game 3 of the NBA Finals at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday, June 10, 2004. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley and Lakers guard Magic Johnson are all smiles in the locker room after the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Championship at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, June 14, 1987. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley, left, smiles as he gets a hug from Wes Matthews after the Lakers won the NBA playoff game against the Detroit Pistons, 108-105, June 21, 1988 in Inglewood, Calif.  The Lakers are the first repeat NBA champions since 1969 and this is their fifth title this decade. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)
Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers crashes against Willis Reed of the New York Knicks as he passes off to Wilt Chamberlain in the opening minutes of the first game of the NBA Championship playoff series in Inglewood, Cal., Tuesday, May 1, 1973. Chamberlain was fouled a moment later but missed the free throw. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)12206 - Oneg.
Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers surprises Jerry Lucas of the New York Knicks and steals the ball from him during the opening game of the NBA championship playoff series in the Forum in Inglewood, Cal.,  Tuesday, May 1, 1973. At left is Wilt Chamberlain of the Lakers. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)12206 - Oneg.
The Los Angeles Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain (13) fires a leaping scoop shot against the New York Knicks in their NBA finals play-off game at Los Angeles, Ca. on April 30, 1972.  Teammate Jerry West (4) is at left.  The Knicks players are Earl Monore (15), Walt Frazier (10), and Jerry Lucas, center.  (AP Photo)
Wilt Chamberlain, named the most valuable player in the NBA playoffs, goes up to tap in a basket for the Los Angeles Lakers against the New York Knicks Sunday night May 8, 1972 in the Forum. At left is Dave DeBusschere of the Knicks and in foreground are Pat Riley and Leroy Ellis, right, of the Lakers. Los Angeles won, 114-100, to capture the first championship since the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis 12 years ago. (AP Photo/David Smith)
Los Angeles Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain (13) stretches to try to block shot by New York Knicks Willis Reed, but Reed got past Wilt's long arm and scored during the second game of NBA championship playoff series in Inglewood, Calif., Thursday, May 4, 1973. Left is Knicks Dean Meminger (7). Knicks defeated Lakers 99-95, to even series at a game apiece. (AP Photo
Los Angeles Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain and New York Knicks' Jerry Lucas (32) get their arms tangled up as they battle for a rebound during an NBA playoff game at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Thursday, May 11, 1973. Lucas got control of the ball. The Knicks won, 102-93, to capture the NBA championship series, 4-1. (AP Photo/Rau Stubblebine)12206 - Oneg.
The Los Angeles Lakers, including Devean George, right , A.C. Green, second  from right, and Shaquille O'Neal, third from right, pause for a moment of silence for deceased Laker Wilt Chamberlain prior to the start of their home opener against the Vancouver Grizzlies Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers Bob McAdoo, left, lines up a shot as Dallas Mavericks Kurt Nimphius (40) attempts to hinder the effort during the third period of NBA Western Conference playoff action, Tuesday, May 2, 1984, Los Angeles, Calif. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 117-101. The player on the right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Los Angles Lakers center Robert Horry (5) dunks as Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo looks on during the first half in Atlanta, Friday, Dec.19, 1997. The Lakers defeated the Hawks 98-96. (AP Photo /John Bazemore)
Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal prepares to dunk the ball on Detroit Pistons forward Darvin Ham during the fourth quarter of their NBA Finals in Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday, June13, 2004. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal (34) goes to the basket over Detroit Pistons' Elden Campbell (41) in the first half of  Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Auburn Hills, Mich. Tuesday night June 15, 2004. (AP Photo/ Paul Sancya )
Vlade Divac holds his new Lakers' jersey Tuesday, July 20, 2004, during a news conference to announce his signing with the Lakers, at their training facility in El Segundo, Calif. Divac played the past six seasons for the Sacramento Kings. The 36-year-old center will fill the spot left vacant when Shaquille O'Neal was traded to Miami last week. Divac, an unrestricted free agent, still has a home in Los Angeles. He has agreed to a two-year deal that reportedly will pay him $4.9 million for next season. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, right, pushes Cleveland Cavaliers' Shaquille O'Neal during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles,  Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O?Neal, right, flex his arm as he polishes off his superman tattoo seated next to teammate Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter of their blowout game against the Chicago Bulls, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. O?Neal scored 24-points and Bryant scored 20-points to route the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
FILE-This April 21, 2002 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers's Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O'Neal embracing in the closing minutes in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles.  O'Neal says on Twitter  Wednesday June 1, 2011,that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O'Neal embrace after O'Neal set Bryant up for a score during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, in San Antonio. The Lakers won 120-117 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Doug Sehres)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) gets free from the Charlotte bobcats' defense for an open jumper during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Lakers won 88-85. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives past =Atlanta Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll (5) in the second half of an NBA  basketball game Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 114-100. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) dribbles around Memphis Grizzlies' Jamaal Franklin (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee. The Lakers said Thursday, Dec. 19, that an MRI scan showed that Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of his knee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
Los Angeles Earvin "Magic" Johnson, right, tries to move past Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan in this Dec. 21, 1990 photo. (AP Photo/John Swart)
Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan tries to block Los Angeles Lakers' Earvin "Magic" Johnson during the NBA Finals in Chicago June 3, 1991. Johnson, driven from basketball nearly five years ago when he learned he had the AIDS virus, returned to the NBAfrom an off-and-on retirement. (AP Photo/File)
Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, left, tries to reach around Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson as Johnson drives during first half action in game four of the NBA finals at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., June 10, 1991.  The Bulls won, 97-82, taking a 3-1 lead in the series.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
** FILE ** Boston Celtics' Dennis Johnson, right, drives the lane against the Los Angeles Lakers' Earvin "Magic" Johnson in this Dec. 12, 1986 file photo in Boston. Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams, died Thursday after collapsing at the end of practice in Austin, Texas. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League, died at a hospital, D-League spokesman Kent Partridge said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
** FILE ** Los Angeles Lakers' Earvin "Magic" Johnson gestures against the Boston Celtics during the NBA Championship series in this June 15, 1987 file photo in Inglewood, Calif.. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, right, passes the ball by Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, left, and center Fab Melo, of Brazil, during the second half of their basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. Nash had seven assists, giving him 10,144 while passing Magic Johnson for sole possession of fourth place on the career list. The Lakers won 113-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kareem Abdul-jabbr, of the Los Angeles Lakers bats the ball away from  Adrian Dantly, of the Detroit Piston, left (45), Tuesday night June21, 1988 during the final game of the NBA championships at the Forum.   (AP PHoto/Bob Galbraith).
Los Angeles Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goes up with his vintage sky hook against the Seattle Sonics' Xavier McDaniel during their NBA match up at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., April 24, 1989.  Abdul-Jabbar scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Lakers' 121-117 win. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
FILE - In this April 24, 1989, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goes up on a sky hook against Seattle Sonics' Xavier McDaniel during an NBA game in Inglewood, Calif. Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukemia, and the basketball great said that his prognosis is encouraging. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
FILE - In this June 11, 1989 file phot, Detroit Pistons' Dennis Rodman (10) grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles. The Pistons plan to retire Rodman's No. 10 during a halftime ceremony later this season. Rodman, the eccentric rebounding specialist who helped the Pistons win NBA titles in 1989 and 1990, will be honored April 1 when the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls, a team Rodman won three championships with from 1996-98. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith, File)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 33, goes over Detroit Pistons Rick Mahorn during a game at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., June 14, 1989. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
Former Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson, left, acknowledges the crowd as former teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, right, applauds during a special half-time ceremony to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1985 NBA Championship team during the game between the Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, Monday, April 11, 2005, in Los Angeles. The Suns won 108-97. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
** FILE ** Boston Celtics' Dennis Johnson, left, goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the NBA Championship in this June. 11, 1987 file photo in Boston. Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams, died Thursday after collapsing at the end of practice in Austin, Texas. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League, died at a hospital, D-League spokesman Kent Partridge said. (AP Photo/David M. Tenenbaum)

The Utah Jazz wrap up their home slate Monday night against one of the most proud franchises in the NBA.

The L.A. Lakers come into Salt Lake City, a team that’s won 16 titles.

A Jazz vs. Lakers matchups in years past would be a premier event. That’s not the case this season.

The only worst team in the Western Conference this season than the Lakers is ... the Jazz. The teams have won a combined 49 games this season.

In an effort to conjure memories of quality basketball, here’s a look back at the Lakers greats of the past.

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