How many natural lakes are there in Los Angeles? The short answer: Less than 10,000. When a pair of investors relocated the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League to Minneapolis before the 1947 season, they sought a name that would ring true with the team’s new home. Given that Minnesota is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” they settled on Lakers. When the Lakers moved to Los Angeles before the 1960 season, their nickname was retained, in part because of the tradition the team had established in Minnesota.

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Vickery, Croston lead Lakers past Heralds, to first win of season

Sep. 17—HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Pymatuning Valley had the strength up front over Saint John. It also had the dynamic sophomore pair of running back Ty Vickery and quarterback Ryan Croston. The duo combined for 415 yards of offense in downing the Heralds, 40-0 in a Northeastern Athletic Conference at Spire Stadium Friday night. Vickery, especially,…