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1998–99 Los Angeles Lakers season

1998–99 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coach Del Harris, Bill Bertka, Kurt Rambis
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena Great Western Forum
Record 31–19 (.620)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish West Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 0-4)

Stats @
Local media
Television Fox Sports West, KCAL
Radio AM 570 KLAC
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

The 1998-99 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 53rd season of the franchise, 51st in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 39th in Los Angeles. It was the Lakers' final season at the Great Western Forum. The attendance for the Lakers was 430,007 (12th in the league). In the playoffs, the Lakers were swept by San Antonio during the Conference Semifinals.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Sam Jacobson Guard  United States Minnesota







Regular season

The Lakers went through three coaches during the season: Del Harris (6-6), Bill Bertka (1-0) and Kurt Rambis (24-13). Fourteen different Lakers started at least one game during the season.[2] From February 25 to March 12, the Lakers won ten consecutive games. Outside of the streak, the Lakers were 21-19 in all other games. During the season, over half of the Lakers' games were televised nationally.[2]

At season's end, the Lakers ranked second in the league in scoring at 99.0 points per game (only Sacramento averaged more points:100.2 ppg). Despite the high scoring, the Lakers were the fourth worst Free Throw shooting team in the league with a percentage of .683. Shaquille O'Neal had a percentage of .540.

Season standings

Pacific Division
Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 -
Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 4
Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 8
Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 8
Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 10
Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 14
Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 26

Game log


West First Round

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 3-1)

West Conference Semifinals

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

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 17): San Antonio 87, Los Angeles 81
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 19): San Antonio 79, Los Angeles 76
  • Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): San Antonio 103, Los Angeles 91
  • Game 4 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 23): San Antonio 118, Los Angeles 107

Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-2)

Player stats

  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


  • Shaquille O'Neal averaged 26.3 ppg (2nd), 10.7 rpg (8th), and shot 57.6% (1st). For his efforts, he was named to the All-NBA second-team.
  • Kobe Bryant had a career high 19.9 ppg and added 3.8 apg. He was recognized as an All-NBA third-team.
  • Dennis Rodman played 23 games with the Lakers in 1999. He averaged 11.2 rebounds per game and the Lakers went 17-6 with Rodman in the lineup.
  • Glen Rice played in 27 games with the club and averaged 17.5 points per game. With Rice in the lineup, the Lakers went 16-11


Awards and honors

  • Kobe Bryant, All-NBA Third Team
  • Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA Second Team



  • Lakers on Database Basketball
  • Lakers on Basketball Reference
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