Winning a championship is a matter of pride and honor for any franchise. When you walk into a stadium and look up, you can witness the championship banners that the players and the organizations have earned due to their hard work, competence, strategies and perseverance.
On top of that, having multiple championships is even more amazing. There are organizations in the NBA who have more banners than the other. These franchises are usually the teams in which the drafted players want to play the most because of their winning culture. But two franchises are head and shoulders above the rest of the group and they have solidified themselves as the best franchises in the league.
These franchises are the Los Angeles Lakers from the Western Conference and the Boston Celtics from the Eastern Conference. Both teams have a combined 34 rings which is almost half of the number of seasons that has happened in the NBA till now.
The Boston Celtics is the oldest franchise in the NBA and has been prevalent when the league went with the name of BAA (Basketball Association of America). The Celtics won their first title when Bill Russell was drafted and then traded to them by the St. Louis Hawks.
Bill Russell went on a staggering run alongside Bob Cousy, Sam Jones and later John Havelicek to win 11 championships for the Celtics. Bill Russell’s Celtics were the first dynasty in the NBA and to no one’s surprise that level of success is yet to be reached by any other franchise in the NBA.
After Russell retired, the Celtics won two more championships in the 1970s thanks to John Havelicek and Dave Cowens. Then the Celtics went on to win 3 more rings in the 1980s under Larry Bird’s reign. After their 1986 championship, it took the Celtics 22 years to win their next title which was credited to a trade they pulled off in the summer of 2007, getting Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Together with Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and a roster which goes as deep as it can be, the Celtics won their 17th title. Ever since 2008, the Celtics have made the Finals only twice. They got beaten by their nemesis, Lakers in 2010 Finals and they are currently battling the Golden State Warriors to try and get their 18th title.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are an old franchise as well but early on they went with the name of the Minneapolis Lakers. Under George Mikan’s leadership they were the first team to three-peat in NBA history. Although in those days there were less number of teams yet going on a three-peat is unheard of at those times. The Lakers won 5 championships in total under George Mikan.
Then for a long stretch, the Lakers continued to fall short of their championship run with Elgin Baylor and Jerry West as they could not go over Bill Russell’s Celtics. Then in 1972 Finals with Wilt chamberlain in their team, the Lakers got a ring with a new name to their franchise which we now know as the Los Angeles Lakers.
They won their next 5 titles thanks to Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy. The Lakers completely dominated the 1980s but then things went silent in the 1990s. The next time a banner was lifted at Staple Centre was when one of the best duos of the NBA were on their peak.
That duo was none other than Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. The Lakers 3-peated again as the one-two punch of Shaq and Kobe was unguardable at that time. This amounted to 14 championships that the Lakers have won.
Their next ring was bagged by Kobe Bryant who after being defeated by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 Finals went on a rampage in 2009 and 2010 where they took revenge against the Boston Celtics. After that saga, the Lakers won a ring again in the 2020 bubble where against all odds, they came out on top thanks to LeBron James and Anthony Davis tying the Celtics’ championship title count of 17.
The 2022 Finals is an important one for both franchises. Winning this championship would mean that the Celtics would have 18 in their possession. The Lakers are set on preventing that at all cot which is why they are rooting for the Warriors. A Finals showdown between the Lakers and the Celtics is imminent with the way both teams are set up. It would be a thrill if the 18th championship is decided between the two going in an all-out brawl. It may take 1-2 years for this moment to come by!