Despite the possibility of the team not having Kobe Bryant during the first 2-3 months of the season, the Lakers face tough, yet entertaining competition. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
In a reasonable and particular order, check out the top five Lakers’ games to watch this season.
1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets: February 19th, 2014
What? Lakers vs. Miami on Christmas day? After the Dwight-mare drama this summer, the Lakers are not playing the Houston Rockets on Christmas? I guess Laker fans will have to wait to see their once beloved superman on February 19th. Only thing to say about this match-up is: Strap up! It’s gonna be a show at Staples center. Expect the fans to be “classy” and boo the big man who arguably couldn’t handle the pressure to be the next big man to lead the purple and gold franchise. One thing is for sure, every Laker fan is looking forward to Kobe Bryant posterizing Dwight Howard once again. Mark your calendars.
2. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: October 29th, 2013
Nothing like a hometown rivalry to start the season. Ever since Donald Sterling decided to finally invest money into his team, the Clipper’s fan base has sky rocketed – especially when they acquired Chris Paul via trade and then re-signed him to a multiyear deal. The Clippers have grown as a squad and organization, and have been a spectacular team to watch in the past two years. They’ve developed into a championship contender, which has caused NBA fans to believe that they can knock off the Lakers as the kings of LA. Truth be told, knocking the Lakers off their throne might be more than difficult, as the Clippers have no championship banners hanging from the rafters at Staples Center. Regardless, the Lakers have added solid pieces to their roster which can guarantee the city of LA that this season opener will have no disappointments.
3. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat: December 25th, 2013
The Lakers played the Knicks in last year’s Christmas game. Admittedly, it was a good one, but do you wonder why Miami was not matched up to play against the Indiana Pacers or the San Antonio Spurs on Christmas day? Those match-ups during the playoffs brought some great basketball and historical moments in NBA playoff history. While the Heat remain to be the two-time defending champions, making LeBron James three championships shy of reaching Kobe’s championship accomplishment, you could see why its a must see game between these two future hall of famers. After all, we will still see the Lakers “big three” in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Steve Nash go head to head with Miami’s “big three” of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.
4. Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks: January 26th, 2014
Even though it will be a great day for Laker fans to see Metta World Peace back in Los Angeles on March 25th, the matchup between the Lakers and Knicks on January will be just as epic. Everybody knows that Kobe Bryant holds the record for most points (61) and one of the best performances at Madison Square Garden. Now just imagine Carmelo Anthony, the 2013 NBA scoring champion, go at it with the black mamba? Expect it to be a battle and show for most points scored on January 26th.
5. Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder: December 13th, 2013
According to Mitch Kupchak and Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers will be a better team than depicted as they added some athleticism to their roster this upcoming season. Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, and Wesley Johnson have been signed to short term contracts and are expected to meet expectations. For the past two years, the Lakers have not been capable to keep up with the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but this matchup is something to look forward to as Kobe has always loved the challenge to go against youngsters. Plus, the new athletic Laker squad can more than likely give the Thunder a run for their money.
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