1997–98 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1997–98 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coach Del Harris
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena Great Western Forum
Results
Record 61–21 (.744)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish West Finals
(eliminated 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1997–98 NBA season was the Lakers' 50th season in the NBA and 38th in the city of Los Angeles.[1] Four members of the team were selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game (Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Eddie Jones, and Nick Van Exel). The team finished the season with a 61–21 record, tied for first place in the Pacific Division.

In the playoffs, the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round for the second consecutive year, then defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the semifinals, but were swept by the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Finals.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 52 DeJuan Wheat G  United States Louisville
2 54 Paul Rogers C  Australia Gonzaga

Roster[edit]

Starters

Backups

Reserve

Inactive

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 35–6 26–15 19–5
x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744 33–8 28–13 16–8
x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 5 30–11 26–15 17–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 15 26–15 20–21 14–10
Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 34 21–20 6–35 6–18
Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 42 12–29 7–34 6–18
Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 44 11–30 6–35 6–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756
2 y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 1
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744 1
4 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 6
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21
9 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 35
10 Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42
11 Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43
11 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 43
13 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45
14 Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51


Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West first round[edit]

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers Last playoff meeting: 1997 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3–1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(LAL-POR)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 Los Angeles 104 Portland 102 1-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 1 TNT 10:30 et
2 April 26 Los Angeles 108 Portland 99 2–0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 2 NBC 3:00 et
3 April 28 Portland 99 Los Angeles 94 2–1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 3 TNT 10:30 et
4 April 30 Portland 99 Los Angeles 110 3–1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 4 TNT 10:30 et
Los Angeles wins series 3–1

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers Last playoff meeting: 1995 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3–1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SEA-LAL)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 4 Seattle 106 Los Angeles 92 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 1 TNT 9:00et
2 May 6 Seattle 68 Los Angeles 92 1–1 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 2 TNT 10:30 et
3 May 8 Los Angeles 119 Seattle 103 1–2 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 3 TNT 10:30 et
4 May 10 Los Angeles 112 Seattle 100 1–3 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 4 NBC 3:00 et
5 May 12 Seattle 95 Los Angeles 110 1–4 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 5 TNT 10:30 et
Los Angeles wins series 4–1

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers Last playoff meeting: 1997 Western Conference Semifinals (Utah won 4–1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-LAL)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 16 Utah 112 Los Angeles 77 1–0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 NBC 3:00 et
2 May 18 Utah 99 Los Angeles 95 2–0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 8:30 et
3 May 22 Los Angeles 98 Utah 109 3–0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 3 TNT 10:30 et
4 May 24 Los Angeles 92 Utah 96 4–0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 4 NBC 3:30 et
Utah wins series 4–0

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Weekly and monthly[edit]

  • Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Player of the Week for games played from November 9 through November 15.
  • Eddie Jones was named NBA Player of the Month for November.
  • Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Player of the Month for January.
  • Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Player of the Week for games played from March 15 to March 21.
  • Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Player of the Month for April.
  • Del Harris was named NBA Coach of the Month for April.

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]