They have a lot of tradition between them, and they brought back one blast from the past on Sunday that some might argue could have remained in the time capsule.
Playing against the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers wore throwback jerseys featuring vintage 1970s short shorts. Smiles could be seen from many courtside fans as Kobe Bryant and the Lakers took the court. Laughing former Laker Rick Fox snapped a couple of pictures.
Forward Trevor Ariza even wore knee pads a la Magic Johnson.
But the Lakers did find their fashion sense at halftime, coming out of the break in regular baggy shorts.
The Lakers couldn't help coach Phil Jackson make some history. The 110-91 loss kept him in a tie with Red Auerbach for seventh place on the career wins list.
Jackson and the Lakers were going for their season-high fifth straight victory, but the Celtics upped their win streak to six games.
Jackson earned his 938th win as a head coach on Friday night, when the Lakers (19-11) beat Utah 123-109. He matched the career total of Auerbach, who recorded his last 795 wins with the Celtics.
Information from STATS LLC was used in this report.