These Lakers can be found navigating the choppy waters of the National Basketball Association. The Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball franchise is one of the most popular and successful teams in the NBA, earning 16 championship titles since joining the league in 1949. The team was founded in 1947 as the Minnesota Lakers of the National Basketball League and moved to California in 1960. Its roster has included such Hall of Fame players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Jerry West. The franchise has been controlled by real estate mogul Jerry Buss since 1979; billionaire Philip Anschutz, Dr. Soon-Shiong, and developer Edward Roski also own minority stakes in the team.