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The NBA will officially release its schedule later on today, but there are already certain games beginning to leak out.

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Yesterday, it was rumored that the Lakers will travel to Chicago to play former Laker Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls. Now, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers will face a familiar foe when they open the season:

In another game on the calendar with reunion implications, L.A. will open the season against the Houston Rockets, according to sources. Bryant was injured for all four of the Lakers’ games against Houston last season in Dwight Howard’s first campaign with the Rockets after spurning L.A. in free agency last summer.

This game will be a part of the NBA’s Opening Night slate of games. The other games aren’t known just yet, but the champion San Antonio Spurs are sure to be playing that night as well.

The Lakers-Rockets game is sure to get a lot of attention. Lakers fans continue to despise Dwight Howard ever since he left the Lakers last summer. Additionally, the Lakers acquired Jeremy Lin this off-season making it a reunion game on both ends.

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Last season, opening night was one of the best highlights of the season for the Lakers as their bench carried them in the fourth quarter to a surprising 116-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers lost three out of four games to the Rockets last season, but the one win may have been the moment of the year as Steve Blake would hit a three-pointer over Howard with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 99-98 win.

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  • Al Haldie

    This is a great one to get started on – We will see what we are made of – and how bad we want it…

  • LakerSpartan117

    Oh God….. Kobe is going to attack Dwight every play he touches the ball! Hell, he might even try to posterize him again and call it a night afterwards!

    I’ll go ahead and say we’ll win by 10 pts. 90-80 Lakers.

    Kobe scores 25 and adds 7 assists, 5 boards. Lin drops 20 pts and 11 assists on his old team. The bench scores 44 pts with Nick Young leading the way with 18 pt.
    Randle scores 15 pts. in his professional debut with 8 boards.

    • Lakers Realist

      Would be nice to see a win, I think the Rockets have a lot of team chemistry issues to mend after the bad press leaking from teammates about Harden and Dwight and Kobe is going to have his eye on demolishing Dwight. No win is guaranteed in the NBA, but we’ll see how hungry the team is for sure.

      • Loyal Cavaliers Fan Since July

        True. So glad Dwight is off our team, he seems to be a cancer in the locker room. Lin has something to prove, so you know he will come out swinging. Kobe always comes out swinging. Randle has something to prove so he’ll come out swinging.. it should be interesting for sure

        • Zach

          Yet you begged him to stay and would have been ecstatic if he signed a max long-term deal. Liar.

          • Loyal Cavaliers Fan Since July

            I didn’t beg anybody to stay.. I didn’t realize a city with millions of people, and some of those wanting him to stay qualifies as “ME” *begging* him to stay.. LOL get out of here with that crap.. I remember our radio stations playing “DWIGHT HOWARD SUCKS” over and over and over, Ice Cub was on Big Boys Neighborhood trashing Dwight telling him to leave… everybody I know hated Dwight.. get your facts straight bro.. let me guess, you’re a scorned heat fan? << see I can generalize too ;)

          • Zach

            Be real, come on. Every Laker fan, to a man, was acting like a new dynasty was on the way when you first got Howard (and Nash). You guys were really rubbing it in, how every great center is fated to be a Lakers star! Now he walked on you, so suddenly he stinks? Sour grapes. And I’ve been a Warriors’ fan for decades, never jumped on a bandwagon like pretty much every Laker fan did.

          • Loyal Cavaliers Fan Since July

            LOL I’ve been a Laker fan since before we had Magic. I remember when Buss bought the team and demanded he would only buy it if he could get Magic Johnson. I still remember us signing him to the 25 mill for 25 year deal. I love this notion that because we had a great team and won a lot of chips that every fan in L.A. has to be bandwagon. And kind of hard to be a ‘bandwagon’ fan when I’m born and raised in Los Angeles you moron, who do you want me to root for? Remember.. I was here when the Clippers were still in San Diego, you want me to bandwagon for them you idiot? Grow a brain and stop replying to me, please.

          • Zach

            You seem to live in some odd delusion that Heat fans are all bandwagon fans but L.A. fans are legit, ludicrous. I guess the smog must be affecting your brain? And I think we both know you’ll be claiming to be a longtime Clippers fan should they ever win it all. Kind of sad, but I guess it’s just the front-running L.A. mentality.
            Adios, enjoy your lousy season struggling for the #12 seed.

          • Loyal Cavaliers Fan Since July

            My heat comment was a joke, I even clarified that. Learn to read. LOL all you can do is make blind accusations.. not very convincing on your part. Also you should get out more, you replied within 2 minutes of me making my last comment. LOL..

            I’ll ask ONE more time before I just stop replying to you: I was born and raised in L.A., before the Clippers were here.. who should I root for and not be a bandwagon fan, please enlighten me… And don’t reply within 10 seconds :P

          • Zach

            Check the times, you’re actually replying much faster to me than vice-versa dumbo. I don’t think you should root for anyone, honestly, given your lack of basketball knowledge. Have you ever actually watched a game? Be honest.

          • Loyal Cavaliers Fan Since July

            So when your awful Warriors win 16 championships (which will never happen), I will expect you to stop rooting for them as well since you will just be another bandwagon fan.. Your logic = non existent. And Dwight Howard is a cancer in the locker room, he makes team chemistry go out the window… he did it in Orlando, did it in L.A., and is doing it in Houston. You’re just too blind to see it

          • Zach

            And you’re too blind to see that your big Lakers hero is a rapist who has always made the team worse. You know every Laker hates Kobe, can’t wait for him to quit, guarantee it! Howard might not be great, but he’s at least a star player, and that simply doesn’t apply to Kobrick any longer. Lakers have no shot at the playoffs until he retires, sorry.

          • Loyal Cavaliers Fan Since July

            LOL that’s where I stop replying. We’re talking about bandwagon fans and your immaturity shines right through and you bring it to the Kobe “rape” thing.. you can’t even stay on topic, you’re a joke, have fun with that!

          • Zach

            The constant LOL’ing is a bit passive-aggressive btw. And don’t get mad just because I state facts. Every fan outside of the Laker base considers Bryant a rapist. And a squealer. Pretty sad.
            Bet you reply anyway, despite your promise not to. But if not enjoy the long season!

          • Chipper Jones

            Bad troll!

          • Chipper Jones

            grow up!

          • rayg0838

            Yo Chips, Now that is the pot calling the kettle black. A serious bit of hypocrisy by yours truly, the Dumbed Down FAKER Fan, with there typical massive vocabulary of 1 syllable 4 letter words to explain anything and everything .. Talk about mental midgets. The FAKERS have their share of that in their FAKER Fans, just read their comments. Seriously dumbed down…..Just a Thought!!!

          • Chipper Jones

            Hah you got all that from “grow up!” ? hahaha wow

      • Duckathon

        I want to see how HOU plays with 3 rotations players gone and with only Ariza as an addition.

        • rayg0838

          Yo Duckie….Not as bad as the FAKERS did last year with their “fabulous” 27-55 roster of D-Lrague-NBA castoffs, and it appears they are in the same situation this year, except for the coach. Yeah, the FAKERS will certainly own up to their name….L.A..FAKERS again, as usual, too bad FAKER Fans, the FAKERS are destine4d to be LOSERS to the end, even with the possibility of Ball-Hog Bryant reyurning to try and play at NBA levels. No doubt if the HOG returns, he will be his mold, really old, self and ball-hogging and shooting as much, probably moore than ever as the end is near, Right FAKER Fans Duckie????….Just a Thought

          • Rambis_Clothesline

            Can you rage some more ? panties too tight ?

    • Andy L

      Despite my mancrush on Kobe I believe this will be Lin’s game to shine. Kobe will sit back and dish out 13-14 assists while Lin absolutely annihiliates the Rockettes. Maybe we’ll see Lin go for 30+!!! (Yes, I am actually optimistic for a change)

      • LakerSpartan117

        You know I could honestly see Lin put up 30, but because Harden is a terrible defender I say Kobe has the better chance. Because Patrick Beverly is a great defender.

        • Andy L

          I see your point but I believe Kobe will make an effort to put Lin in a good place, both in the actual game and also as a welcome-to-LA type thing. I think #24 realizes the importance of getting Lin off to a good start and rallying the fans behind him to boost his confidence.

          • LakerSpartan117

            I agree, I also believe Kobe will show the world that he genuinely cares about getting his teammates involved. I honestly believe Kobe and Lin WILL be the next Tucker and Chan! LOL.

          • rayg0838

            Ball-Hog Bryant must have been reading how to make team mates get involved during his rehab. He has never been known as someone who gets his team mates involved as his shots taken prove that and his name Ball-Hog Bryant also proves it too.. Is it really true that Ball-Hog takes 15 shots from the locker room to the court before and after a game. He’s getting old and his arms will probably give after all the years of ball-hogging and jocking. The “GIMME the Ball and just watch me” days will never be over, not as for as Ball-Hog Bryant is concerned or involved…Right FAKERsparsely 7-11???….Juat a Thought!!!

          • Rambis_Clothesline

            Still bet you wish you had one of them HOgs on your lady Rockettes for a crack at a banner. 20 years long time waiting ey.

          • boombulu

            ray ur boring

          • J Taylor

            Kobe will be Kobe, and for one night he’ll shine like “the old kobe”. He’ll want to show the world that “he’s back.” And since it’s the first game of the season he’ll be fresh. Kobe will get his 22 points, BUT will look to put Lin in a position to shine! <- Kobe always helps other players with "beef."

            Johnson will be stuck on Harden like glue and he'll come out flat. And I hope that Scott's "physical defense" shows as Howard and Harden always wilt when they get pushed around. – Let's hope Hill still remembers all those days practicing against Howard!

            - My secret hope is that Randle gets physical with Howard and punks him on a few hard dunks and layups.

            Houston's playoffs ended with a solid reality check, their offseason was terrible, and their first game will continue to expose the fraud that is the Houston Rockets. – And again, Howard will think back and realize he made a mistake leaving $30M, LA, Kobe, and the Fans for a "supposed" better chance for a ring in Houston.

        • catman2u

          Beverly isn’t as great a defender as people who jumped on the bandwagon say. After the refs began calling aggressive play fouls on him towards the end of the season his D suffered greatly. Houston has virtually no team D so good coaching and playing should exploit the Rockets.

          • KA

            They were 12th in the league in defensive efficiency, don’t know about no team D. Steph Curry seems to think Beverley is a good defender, but he’s only played against him, you probably know better than Steph.

          • LakerSpartan117

            So I’m on his bandwagon because I watched him play defense last year and saw a very pesky defender who gives effort? Maybe you should watch more basketball, because what I saw was pretty damn good. And no shit if referees called more calls against him he would have to layoff defense. You don’t want one of your best defenders (and probably only other defender other than Howard on the team) on the bench for the majority of the game.
            Nice try though!

        • Duckathon

          Lin never lost to the Knicks and always torches them after he left NY. I think he will do the same to HOU.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Agreed.

          • rayg0838

            A lot like when he destroyed the FAKERS as a Knick, with 38 points. It was like watching a professional playing against a bunch of school yard wannabe NBA players. Most of the time the FAKERS didn’t know where he was, except when he was on the foul line, then you could here the sigh of relief from the FAKERS and their coach and bench, when the FAKERS play Houston, Harden and Howard will torch them and there goes the FAKERS Fantasy of improvement Right Duckster??….Thought!!! ,

        • know-it-all

          50 points guaranteed!

      • rayg0838

        Yo Andy El ….13-14 assists??? Are you serious??? Stay off the FAKER fan Zombie Juice. Ball-Hog Bryant doesn’t get 13-14 assists in 3-4 games, let alone in one game. You truly are a FAKER Fan in Fantasy FAKER Dreamland. With Dumbed Down FAKER Fans like you and all the other FAKER Fans, no wonder you pay top NBA Ticket $$$ to watch D-League, NBA cast offs and an old broken down Ball-Hog named BRYANT, good luck with your fantasy comment, and cut down on that ZOMBIE Juice, your brain cramp is showing……Just a Thought!!!

    • Hmmm

      So our 3 other starters score 1 point combined? We won’t win if that’s the case lol.

      • LakerSpartan117

        Lol

    • Realistic Laker Fan

      Bruh you need to chill, Randle is raw, Kobe has been out for a year in the half or 8-9 months if you count last year, and Beverly will be guarding Lin with no true center who can guard Howard in the paint unless we go for hack a Howard. :/

      • LakerSpartan117

        Bruh…. you need to stop trying to chill things and let the fire burn. If you like chilling then maybe you should chill yourself…. bruh.

      • J Taylor

        Howard is only a “plus” in rebounds and rim protection. Outside of Howard’s defense and rebounding, letting him score 16 points is “normal” for a center and no major advantage. – Technically Hill’s 36 minute average suggests he’ll get 17ppg himself, and match Howard’s rebound average.

        “Slow down” Howard’s defense and rebounding and let him shoot. Then, let the rest of the team beat you. – And the rest of the Lakers is MUCH better than the rest of the Rockets.

        • rayg0838

          WOW, that ZOMBIE Juoice is taking a toll on your senses. Now back to FAKERLAND Fantasy Dreamland like a good FAKER Fan. Your comment is so typical FAKER Fan, Dumbed Down and embarrassing. The world of the FAKER Fan, truly a product of their guide…..BASKETBALL for DUMMIES, and they personify it so well, well now FAKER Fan I will wait for your old, worn-out FAKER Fan spin bible boring, redundant diatribe, Right FAKER Fan J Taylor??? …..Just a Thought!!!

    • rayg0838

      And FAKER Ball-Hog Bryant will be taken out of the game for a concussion for getting that ball slammed off his head so many times by Dwight Howard. Dwight….”Hey old man Bryant, this my territory, old men are not allowed in here, go play with your buddy, Mitch Ketchup, Ha, Ha, Ha P.S. put your money where your mouth is, Ill take Houston and 10 points, OK Faker Fan LakerSparsely7-11 take-out??….Just a Thought

      • LakerSpartan117

        Wow.. worst troll job ever. LakerSparsely7-11… Really?? Pathetic.

        • rayg0838

          Yo FAKERSPARSELY 7-11 Another Faker Fan spin bible chapter and verse #1. Pathetic??? you have been looking in the mirror again and listening to you and your FAKER Fans comments. Now next step for you and your FAKER Fans is seeing your proctologist for your “Pathetic” Brain-Cramps. Now that is a major step foward for yopu and your Faker Fan cohorts. However, thanks for reading and replying to my comment I have accomplished my goal, gotten into your head for a while, and that FAKERSPARSELY 7-11 is just hilarious. Then there is so much space available due to the cramp, it is not a major accomplishment, now you have some more FAKER Fan nothingness to spew, keep it coming, it is so funny SPARSELYFAKERS…..Just a Thought!!!

      • boombulu

        go somewhere else you are boring

        • rayg0838

          Yo Boom-Boom ..Boring??..Boring?? nothing is as boring as watching the FAKER roster of D-League NBA castoffs and reading FAKER Fan comments from your FAKER Fan spin bible and your guide… Basketball for Dummies. Talk about boring.,You are spending too much time watching the FAKER D-leaguers on Dingleberry Mountain in the Dingleberry community, and using your FAKER Fan spin bible to make the same old BORING, Dumbed Down, Redundant, 4 letter, 1 syllable words. Your Spin bible needs to get UN-BORING and updated.Try adding a second or third grade level of vocabulary or at least a new chapter and verse. Boring, Boring??? you must fall asleep before you finish your 1st sentence of 4 letter diatribe, right BOOMBSTER…..Just a Thought!!!l

  • Andy Au

    For Jeremy Lin to play against his former team will be awesome to watch!

    • Duckathon

      Should be no problem for him to go off since HOU only has 4 defenders. (Harden)

      • KA

        Lin is not very consistent, I just want to see the look on Kobe’s face the first time Lin leaves his feet with no ideas and throws it away. He won’t get off on Beverley either (remember the Linsanity stretch, 9 games against teams with a combined winning % of 41.8, after that D’s focused on him, the Heat stuck Wade on him and he went 1-11 for 8 points with 3 assists and 8 turnovers)

        • Andy Au

          NBA season haven’t started yet to have this kind of comment. Wait until the all star break, then you can go ahead and say it back to me.

          • KA

            I was talking about his past performance. He’ll probably average 17 and 7, but the question will be can he get the to’s under 3? People historically blame high volume scorers (Kobe is a high volume scorer too) for Lin’s drop off after that 8 and 1 start in NY (2 and 8 over the next 10). I am just pointing out that was against weaker competition, and when teams started sticking lock down defenders on him, his numbers dipped. I actually like Lin’s game, he’s a good scorer, he just is an inconsistent shooter and gets out of control too much (hence the assist to turnover ratio).

          • Andy Au

            Jeremy Lin wasn’t the same since the injury. Then Harden made him to a reserve player. Then *poof* “Linsanity” was dead. We will see how well Kobe and Jeremy Lin play together this season along with the new coach Byron Scott. I’m not throwing out any numbers how many points Lin will be averaging. But I always give a report card to every Laker starter on all star break. Who needs to go and who will stay. All last season was the fans constant arguing to get the coach fired. Thus we waited til the end the season to see Dumbtoni to resign rather than getting fired.

    • rayg0838

      Watching Linn play against the Housston Rockets is awesome??? Do you get that excited on the Merry-Go-Round???? or watching grass grow???…Just a Thought!!!

  • bighomiemb

    Bad matchup for the Lakers, bigs are the weakness right now. If Harden plays D, he is about 80% as good as this version of Kobe. D12 is gonna feast tho…

    • Al Haldie

      They have a backup center but not as good as we do – HOWARD will have to play 40 min and if you know anything about Howard he will stop running back , points in the bank for our bench,, I cant wait to see this one….

      • bighomiemb

        Montiejunas is no scrub, I think he will be Houston’s backup 5. I think Houston will fall back in the standings overall this year, but opening night, against the Lakers, they will play the game of their lives!

        • Al Haldie

          That’s what it is going to take—WE WILL SEE…

      • KA

        Who, Sacre? Dorsey is better than Sacre. Sacre has a career average of 8 boards per 36 minutes and a career PER of 10.8 to Dorsey’s 13.3 boards per 36 and career PER of 13.5. Motiejunas will probably see time at 5 as well.

        • J Taylor

          Hills 36 minute per is 17ppg and 12 rpg. -> this is why Mitch signed him for starters minutes and $9M.

          Davis should be a very good backup C.

          While the center position won’t get blocks, and generate a TON of points, it will get rebounds, and let the PF do the scoring.

          • KA

            Ed has been a 4 most of his career, like Motiejunas, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they both get time at 5. Then your asking Randle to score potentially (who had similar numbers to Terrence Jones his Freshman year at KU, more rebounds with less blocks, Anthony Davis caused Jones to slip in the draft, though I’d imagine they’d work the rotation to have Davis on with Boozer, and Randle on with Hill except when playing small). To say back up center is an advantage is a stretch though (Motiejunas has more size, Dorsey is physically stronger and a good defender).

    • Matt Williams

      “If Harden plays D…” LMAO!!! Harden never plays D. Have you been watching the Rockets?

      • bighomiemb

        I have been and that’s why I added that caveat. They say he’s been playing D for Team USA, so I’m thinking he will try to up his game a little this season. I’m a huge NBA fan and league pass subscriber, I see everything lol

        • J Taylor

          Let him play D.
          Then send Johnson out to run him all over the court.

          Harden scores when he gets hot, or is unguarded. If the team contests every shot, he’ll only get 20 points.

          Let Harden get 20 points. Play Howard physical and keep him to his 18 point average. – The rest of the Rockets don’t have enough firepower to win.

        • Matt Williams

          He’s inconsistent on D. I see everything too.

      • rayg0838

        Very true, but have you watched the FAKERS try to “play defense”, Harden is only one of 5 that is pathetic on Houston, , the FAKERS are 5 for 5 that are pathetic on defense. Try and be a little more observant when you watch basketball. However, as a FAKER Fan that is totally impossible, extremely dumbed down to any and all FAKER weaknesses and/or failures, right FAKER Fans???….Just a Tought!!!

        • Matt Williams

          I think you might be gay and you have some sort of thing for me. I”M NOT INTERESTED!!!

        • boombulu

          boring boring

    • Kb24

      Facts, kd,wbrook,harden idolizes kobe

      • bighomiemb

        I agree. Kobe had become somewhat of a mentor to Westbrook and the summertime battles he had w Harden in LA’s Drew League are legendary. For all those guys you mentioned, their idol has become their rival, because if you watch the all go a little extra hard when going against the great Kobe Bryant

  • vulkanthekrusader

    Dwight Coward is a cancer in real life

  • purp& goldpride

    And que the haters going crazy because of the Lakers being on national television…..
    We may not win a title this season, but I take solace in knowing HOUSTON AIN’T WINNING SH+T either…suck it Houston

  • Zach

    Not a good matchup for Lakers, as the Rockets are an NBA team.

    • Al Haldie

      ANY 5 PLAYERS WILL DO JUST FINE — NO MATCH FOR THE LAKERS THIS YR…

    • truth24

      It’s ballin stupid,but doubt your over sized big load of a mom would’ve helped inside.

      • Zach

        People who speak English >>>> truth24

    • independentbynature

      Dwight will blow the game at the free throw line for the Rockettes.Kobe will score 40 on Harden.Linsanity will make a statement.Dwight will be seen laughing and joking on the bench after the loss.

      • Zach

        I love your imagination, LOL. But Kobe would literally have to take 115 shots to score 40 now, he’s just awful.

        • J Taylor

          How do you know he’s aweful?
          Technically, a bum ankle and messed up achilles should have NO EFFECT on a shooter. It will slow down his drives to the basket, but a shooter remains. – Ask Ray Allen how his game is impacted by age?

          • Zach

            Well he was putting up some truly terrible nights three seasons ago when fully healthy, so he’s got to be even worse now. Are you forgetting all the 8 for 27 kind of games?

          • rayg0838

            Zach, a FAKER Fan has absolutely no memory for weakneses or failures. They suffer from B C S aka Brain-Cramp-Syndrome, a FAKER Fan cultural disorder. Reading their comments is all the proof that one, other than a FAKER Fan, needs to understand their dumbed down understanding of basketball…..Just a Thought!!!

          • Zach

            It is pretty laughable Ray…this team was awful last year and could be even worse this year…and yet they’re deluding themselves about playoff runs…LOL, they couldn’t make a playoff run in the D-League right now!

          • rayg0838

            A true FAKER Fan, they are all lip, service, never believe what they spew. Now it;s Ray Allen in the dialogue. Talk about groping for reality, the FAKER Fan is dark ages away from any semblance to being realistic. Poor, Poor dumbed down Faker Fans……Just a Thought!!!

      • rayg0838

        As usua an l all lip service FAKER Fan. Put your money where your mouth is, I need a good laugh on the way to the bank, Ha, Ha, Ha, P.S. make it easy on yourself, you don’t sound to successful based on your dumbed down comment, Right INTERDEPENDENT??? ….Just a Thought!!!

    • Matt Williams

      If you are trying to insult the Lakers, that was a poor attempt. Try again tho.

      • rayg0838

        No much effort is needed to insult the FAKERS and their fans, they both are an insult by the mere mention of the name FAKERS, it is self evident, too bad FAKER Fan, it is a built in reality…..Just a Thought!!!

  • Len

    So what?1 of 82 games lets take the hype off the matchup.It’s not marquee.

    • J Taylor

      You must not follow the Lakers.

      Opening night against the Rockets. Kobe’s Return. Lin’s Revenge game against Houston. Return of Howard. Redemption for Rockets and their humiliating collapse in the playoffs. Byron Scott’s first game. Randle’s first game. The first real look at the Lakers rag-tag bunch of highly talented but under-performing upstarts.

      It’s the biggest game of the season up until that point. And the next big game. =-)

      • rayg0838

        Yo J Taylor, FAKER Fan, Humilating collapse in the playoffs???? How well did the FAKERS do in the playoffs???? What??? The FAKERS didn’t get in the playoffs??? What??? The FAKERS were in last place in the Western division??? With a history worst record of 27-55???, say it isn’t so FAKER Fans. Well then, it can be said that at least the Rockets were in the playoffs and must have been in the top 5 teams in the division. So why the comment about their playoff failure, and the FAKERS did not even qualify, being in last place, with an organization worst record of all FAKER teams of all time. Very narrow minded with an inferiority complex of failure themselves,by spewing insolence to another more successful team…. Right J Taylor???Please check your FAKER fan spin bible for one or more of your FAKER fan old, boring, worn out redundant spin bible diatribe replies, just try to use a new chapter and verse, try chapter 2, instead of the over and over chapter 1 spin, that must be committed to memory by now, Right FAKER Fan J Taylor??? …..Just a Thought!!!1

  • Kevin

    The Lakers will get beat.Rockets are much bigger and better.

    • J Taylor

      Howard only averages 18ppg.
      Harden is streaky.

      The Rockets lost all of their depths (Asik, Lin, Parsons).
      How are they a favorite to win and “bigger and better”.

      Technically, the 1st round playoffs team from last year lost enough talent to take MAJOR steps back this year. – If things go bad for Houston this season, they might not make the playoffs.

      • rayg0838

        And is that wishful thinking on your part???? Because you know that the FAKERS could posibly have have another repeat year of a non playoff appearance???? Jealousy is for the weak minded…..Just a Thought!!!

    • rayg0838

      Not just much bigger and better, the Rockets are far more all around superior NBA basketball TEAM, emphasis TEAM!!! ….Just a Thought!!!

  • TANKING FOR BRADLEY BEAL

    Oh man this season is going to be loooooooooooooooooooooooooong!

  • Sheeneng

    Lakers will take the victory. It will be a 2v2 HowardHarden vs KobeLin and we both know KobeLin will win.

  • 愛利沙

    Pre-season….right?

  • Duckathon

    Sweet. A grudge match. Can’t wait.

  • Zach

    Big game for L.A., but just another game for Houston. How the Lakers have fallen.

  • Realistic Laker Fan

    Wow this years schedule looks brutal.

  • independentbynature

    Expect Kobe and Lin to have big games on opening night.They both have something to prove.Houston lost a lot of depth and will not be as good this season as last.Harden and Howard are punks.

  • DKWTTY

    The NBA is so predictable. Such a soap opera.

    • J Taylor

      Really? Who wins this game?

      • rayg0838

        Yo J Taylor….Who wins the game???? You don’t watch or know much about the NBA basketball teams. right???? Here is a clue… the team that is in TEXAS, and their name starts with an H. Now you can get your guide Basketball for Dummies and look at the list of 32 teams that fit the clue… and see you have learned something today about professional basketball. Next check the sports channels for basketball games during pre and in season games. That will help a great deal, just remember to have your guide near for reference about what is happening and who is playing…..Just a Thought

      • DKWTTY

        Predictable as in pairing teams like the Lakers vs Rockets together for opening night, not as in predicting who will win. You said it yourself “Opening night against the Rockets. Kobe’s Return. Lin’s Revenge game against Houston. Return of Howard. Redemption for Rockets and their humiliating collapse in the playoffs. Byron Scott’s first game. Randle’s first game. The first real look at the Lakers rag-tag bunch of highly talented but under-performing upstarts.”

        Come on bro….

  • The Neptunes

    Honestly, the Lakers are pretty deep this year and should do ok or become a surprising top 6 team in the west this season.. if Kobe is healthy and guys do what they are known to do / improve defensively.

    Starting threats: Hill, Boozer, Kobe, (Lin or Clarkson)
    Bench threats: Randle, Young, Henry (when attacking the basket), (Lin or Clarkson / and Nash whenever he does play)

    the big question is defense, I think Kobe & Davis can hold their own, it’s just up to the rest to see if they can hold their own on the defensive side of the floor.

    And by the way, the Lakers SHOULD win the opener, the Rockets have drastically declined this off season.

  • Jay Brodes

    cant wait..expect mamba 2 drop 30!!!

    • rayg0838

      As usual, FAKER Fan lip service. The only 30 Ball-Hog Bryant will see is shots taken if he can last that long, any way, dreamers can dream and FAKERS are FAKERS…Just a Thought!!!.

  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    Should be exciting. Lin and Kobe will have something to prove.

  • J Taylor

    Last year, the Lakers spoiled Howards return.
    This year, they will do the same.

    The Rockets have taken a BIG step backward this offseason and have to play amazingly well to make the playoffs. At this point, a “team effort” from the Lakers may prove to be a better team than a team with 2 “cornerstone” high level All Stars with flawed games.

    Byron Scott’s coaching and ability to develop players will be the difference between an 8th seed and 40 wins.

    • Zach

      Are you saying Scott will put the Lakers over the top, or hurt them? He does have a terrible record over the years…

      • rayg0838

        That does not matter, he played for the FAKERS and that’s all that counts, the rest is FAKER Fantasy Land…..Just a Thought!!!

        • Zach

          So true, and without that background he never even gets an interview. But legit candidates like Karl and Mark J. wanted nothing to do with this train wreck…

          • rayg0838

            Zach, Thanks for the reply of reason. I would ahve to say that you are not a FAKER Fan.I coulkd be wrong, but I think I am right…..Just a Thought!!!

    • rayg0838

      40 wins??? 40 wins??? You cannot be talking about the FAKERS, right???Tip, do not place too many bets on the FAKERS this year, if you actually think the FAKERS will win 40 games, 40 games???Back to FAKER dreamland and some more fantasies and Zombie Juice…..Just a Thought!!!

  • nash screwed the lakers

    My prediction on this game:

    Lakers 98
    Rockets 92

    Kobe: 28 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 33 mins played.
    Lin: 18 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 38 mins played.
    Boozer: 10 pts, 10 rebounds
    Hill: 12 points, 6 rebounds
    Wesley: 0 points, 2 blocks, 4 rebounds
    Bench: 30 points

    Steve Nash: 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers, injures himself after 2 minutes played.

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