1981–82 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1981–82 NBA season saw the Lakers win their eighth NBA championship.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Los Angeles Lakers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
C33Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)225 lb (102 kg)1947–04–16UCLA
PF8Brewer, Jim6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)Minnesota
G/F21Cooper, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)1956–04–15New Mexico
G34Johnson, Clay6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)175 lb (79 kg)Missouri
G32Johnson, Magic6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)1959–08–14Michigan State
G5Jordan, Eddie6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)Rutgers
F54Landsberger, Mark6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)215 lb (98 kg)1955–05–21Arizona State
C11McAdoo, Bob6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)North Carolina
SF40McGee, Mike6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)190 lb (86 kg)1959–07–29Michigan
SG30McKenna, Kevin6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)Creighton
G10Nixon, Norm6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)170 lb (77 kg)1955–10–11Duquesne
PF31Rambis, Kurt6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)213 lb (97 kg)1958–02–25Santa Clara
G/F52Wilkes, Jamaal6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)190 lb (86 kg)1953–05–02UCLA
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season

On November 18, 1981, at halftime while on the road at Utah, Magic Johnson and coach Paul Westhead had a verbal altercation in the locker room. It was stated by teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that Johnson had offered input on the game, which resulted in Westhead twice telling him to "Shut up." Johnson then told reporters after this game that he would like to be traded anywhere, resulting in a barrage of media coverage. One day after these events, Lakers owner Jerry Buss held a press conference at The Forum, where he announced the firing of Westhead, with his replacement being Pat Riley as "coach" and general manager Jerry West as "offensive coach". West came to the podium and clarified to media that Riley was indeed the head coach and that West himself would simply provide him support on the bench, which lasted for a period of 12 games. Although Johnson denied responsibility for Westhead's firing, he was booed across the league, even by Lakers' fans However, Buss was also unhappy with the Lakers offense and had intended on firing Westhead days before the Westhead–Johnson altercation, but assistant GM West and GM Bill Sharman had convinced Buss to delay his decision.

Season standings

c - clinched homecourt advantage
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1981–82 game log
Total: 57-25 (Home: 30-11; Road: 27-14)
1981–82 schedule


1982 playoff game log
1982 schedule


West First Round

The Lakers had a first round bye.

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 115, Phoenix 96
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 117, Phoenix 98
  • Game 3 @ Phoenix: Los Angeles 114, Phoenix 106
  • Game 4 @ Phoenix: Los Angeles 112, Phoenix 107

West Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs: Lakers win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 128, San Antonio 117
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 110, San Antonio 101
  • Game 3 @ San Antonio: Los Angeles 118, San Antonio 108
  • Game 4 @ San Antonio: Los Angeles 128, San Antonio 123

NBA Finals

(E3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (W1) Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Los Angeles 124, Philadelphia 117
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 110, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 129, Philadelphia 108
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 111, Philadelphia 101
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 135, Los Angeles 102
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 114, Philadelphia 104

Player statistics

  GPGames 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



Awards and records





Free Agents

External links

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