1988–89 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1988–89 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 43rd season of the franchise, 41st in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 29th in Los Angeles. The Lakers finished with a 57–25 regular season recorded, earning them the top playoff seed in the Western Conference. After marching undefeated through the first three rounds, the Lakers were seen as the favorites in the 1989 NBA Finals, in a rematch against the Detroit Pistons, who they defeated in last season's NBA Finals in a hard fought seven games. However, after injuries to their starting backcourt of Magic Johnson and Byron Scott, the Lakers were swept by the Pistons in four games. After the finals concluded, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced his retirement after twenty seasons.

The 1988–89 season marked an end to a run of eight consecutive Western Conference Finals appearances for the Lakers, the most since the 1968–69 Boston Celtics, as in the following season, the Lakers would lose in the Conference Semifinals to the Phoenix Suns in five games.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Los Angeles Lakers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
C33United StatesAbdul-Jabbar, Kareem (C)7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)225 lb (102 kg)UCLA
G/F19United StatesCampbell, Tony6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Ohio State
G/F21United StatesCooper, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)New Mexico
F/C45United StatesGreen, A. C.6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)220 lb (100 kg)Oregon State
G32United StatesJohnson, Magic (C)6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Michigan State
G/F3United StatesLamp, Jeff6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)195 lb (88 kg)Virginia
C31United StatesMcNamara, Mark6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)235 lb (107 kg)California
G14United StatesRivers, David6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)180 lb (82 kg)Notre Dame
G4United StatesScott, Byron6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)Arizona State
F/C43The BahamasThompson, Mychal6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)226 lb (103 kg)University of Minnesota
PF0United StatesWoolridge, Orlando6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Notre Dame
F42United StatesWorthy, James6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers: Lakers win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-1)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Seattle SuperSonics: Lakers win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1987 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-0)

West Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-0)

NBA Finals

Pistons win series 4-0

  • On June 28, 1989, after twenty professional seasons, Abdul-Jabbar announced his retirement. On his "retirement tour" he received standing ovations at all the games, home and away.

Awards and honors

  • A. C. Green, NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • Magic Johnson, NBA Most Valuable Player
  • Magic Johnson, NBA All-First Team


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