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"Lakers in the Final Four: a rich legacy" - Omissions

As should be expected, the Lakers, with its history of great players, also have a "rich legacy" of players who starred in the Final Four. The OC Register has a list of many of those players, which includes some of the biggest names, and many others...

Lew Alcindor (UCLA)

Earvin Johnson (Michigan State)

Wilt Chamberlain (Kansas)

Jerry West (West Virginia)

Elgin Baylor (Seattle)

Gail Goodrich (UCLA)

James Worthy (North Carolina)

Kobe Bryant (Keep dreaming, Duke fans)


I made this fanpost so we can mention those Lakers who should have been included, but were not for whatever reason. The Lakers omission that came to my mind is Darrall Imhoff, the namesake of my SSR Bracket.

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via latimesblogs.latimes.com

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via latimesblogs.latimes.com

Imhoff was a walk on for the University of California, who became a two time All-American (first team), and starred in two NCAA Final Fours. In 1959, Imhoff and the Bears beat Jerry West's Mountaineers for the title, and in 1960, lost in the title game to Ohio State.

He later joined the late legendary California coach Pete Newell to win gold for the United States in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

His Laker career was relatively understated. He made the All-Star team once as a reserve and eventually earned a starting job, which he held until he was traded to the Sixers after the Lakers signed Wilt Chamberlain.

His number has been retired by the Bears, and he has been inducted into the Pac-10(12) Hall of Honor. If the Lakers were as lame as the Boston Celtics, his number would have been retired by the Lakers as well.

In the spirit of the first day of the NCAA Tourney, which other Lakers and Final Four greats should have been included?

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