This team actually got its name back in the 1940s when it was originally the Minneapolis Lakers. The term Lake comes from the state of Minneapolis being called the land of 10,000 lakes. After relocating to Los Angeles back in the 1960s, they change the name to the LA Lakers, the name of the team as it is known today. Some of the more modern players that have been notable include Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. When a basketball team, or any sports team, comes onto the field, they typically have some type of mascot that can represent the team that is playing. Let’s take a look at the history of mascots, why sporting events tend to expect to see one, and then find out whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers actually have one at their games.
By definition, a mascot is either a person or an object, sometimes an animal, that is thought to bring luck to the team that is playing. Mascots are not only found with professional sports teams, but can be seen with high school, college, and a multitude of other organizations that use these fictitious representations of what could even be cartoon characters as a type of trademark for that organization. It is very common for mascots to also have interesting names, and they almost always show up in a costume, some of which are actually able to do incredible stunts. At halftime, mascots tend to perform some type of activity which is entertaining, giving the players time to rest in between each half of the game. Essentially, they are nothing more than goodwill ambassadors, so to speak, of the organization that they are with, similar to Smokey Bear of the United States for service. Now that you know what they are representative of, let’s see if the LA Lakers actually have a mascot for their team.
In truth, the Lakers actually have no official mascot. The closest that they have ever come is one of the most famous actors in history. Jack Nicholson is known to work his schedule around the Lakers and their home games and has done so since the 1970s. There are actually pictures of Jack Nicholson being held by players, clearly showing his devotion to the team. Other than Jack, there is no costumed figure that is representative of this professional basketball team, and there is no sign that there ever will be.
Although having a team mascot is something that occurs with teams from the high school level, up through college and professional sports, Los Angeles Lakers are very happy not having a professional mascot represent them, and seemed to be perfectly content with having Jack Nicholson, the Academy award winning actor, represent their team in this indirect manner.