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As the 2012-13 NBA regular season nears the end, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of missing the playoffs for just the sixth time in franchise history.

The Los Angeles Lakers franchise began in Minneapolis in 1947. The name Lakers came from Minnesota's nickname,"The Land of 10,000 Lakes."

Since starting up, the Lakers have made playoff appearances in all but five seasons. In the years that they missed the postseason, it was usually due to turmoil in the coaching staff or offseason trades.

L.A. only missed the playoffs two seasons in a row once, during the years of 1974-76.

The Utah Jazz and the Lakers have each taken turns in the eighth spot as of late. If the Jazz hold onto the final seed, the Lakers will miss the playoffs despite their late season push.

1957-58: Minneapolis Lakers
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Record: 19-53

Place: Fourth in Western Division (Last)

Coaches: George Mikan (9-30), John Kundla (10-23)

Key Player: Forward Larry Foust - Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game.

The 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers were riddled with coaching issues. George Mikan, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1947, was hired as head coach in the off-season. After a 9-30 start, he resigned midway through the year.

John Kundla, the head coach of the Lakers their first nine years of existence, came out of retirement to take over the team. The turmoil in the coaching staff was in large part the reason the Lakers couldn't find a groove all season.

Finishing last in the league in 1957-58 led to a No. 1 draft pick the following season, which they used to select Elgin Baylor. He went on to be Rookie of the Year and help the Lakers advance to the finals just one year after checking in as the worst team in the league.

1974-75: Los Angeles Lakers
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Record: 30-52

Place: Fifth, Pacific Division

Coach: Bill Sharman (30-52)

Key player: Guard Gail Goodrich - Averaged 22 points and six assists per game during 72 games played in 1974-75.

After a stint of 17 straight playoff appearances, the Lakers fell apart in 1974-75.

Two years prior, NBA superstar Wilt Chamberlain completed his career and then in the offseason Jerry West retired due to contract disagreements. West was a leader for the Lakers, at the time he had scored more points than any Laker in history, and losing him severely hurt the team.

1975-76: Los Angeles Lakers
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Record: 40-42

Place: Fourth, Pacific Division

Coach: Bill Sharman

Key player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Averaged 27 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks per game During 1975-76.

The Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Milwaukee in 1975. L.A. gave up four players in the trade for Abdul-Jabbar, and it proved to be the best move to make for the future of the franchise.

Abdul-Jabbar led the league in rebounding and blocked shots. Also, he came in second in scoring and field goal percentage. He was named NBA Most Valuable Player, but his efforts were not enough to lead the Lakers to a playoff berth. In the next season, L.A. posted the best record in the NBA and beat the Warriors in the first round.

1993-94: Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 33-49

Place: Fifth, Pacific Division

Coach: Randy Pfund (27-37), Bill Bertka (1-1), Magic Johnson (5-11)

Key players: Vlade Divac - Averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. Nick Van Exel – Averaged 13 points and five assists per game.

This was another Laker season with turmoil at the coaching position. With the team headed south fast by mid-March, L.A. replaced coach Randy Pfund with Magic Johnson.

Although it originally looked like a great idea, with Johnson's coaching career launching a 5-1 record, it quickly failed. Johnson realized he wasn't cut out for coaching and retired at the end of the season. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the decision to place Johnson as head coach led to a losing record and rare playoff miss.

This year the Lakers drafted Nick Van Exel who turned in five solid years in L.A., but really flourished after moving to the Denver Nuggets.

2004-05: Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 34-48

Place: Fifth, Pacific Division

Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich (24-19), Frank Hamblen (10-29)

Key player: Kobe Bryant – Averaged 27 points and six assists per game.

The Lakers had a lot of offseason movement following their 2004 loss to Detroit in the NBA Finals. Shaquille O'Neal was finally granted a trade after tension with Kobe Bryant peaked. Also the Lakers were without Gary Payton and Karl Malone.

The trades that occurred prior to the season wasn't the wrecking ball, however. Th Lakers were off to a 24-19 start, then coach Rudy Tomjanovich had to leave the team for medical reasons. What really did the Lakers in, though, were late season injuries to Bryant and Lamar Odom. The Lakers lost 19 of the final 21 games in the regular season.