A look at some games of interest in the Lakers' 2010-11 schedule
OK, there is more to the Lakers' schedule than playing the Miami Heat and its "Super Friends" of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh on Christmas Day at home in Los Angeles and facing their rivals, the Boston Celtics and newly signed Shaquille O'Neal, on Jan. 30 at Staples Center.
The Lakers actually will play 82 games, starting with the opener Oct. 26, at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets. That will be the night the Lakers will celebrate their 2009-10 championship, get their rings and then move forward in their quest to three-peat.
Some games of interest are when the Lakers play at Phoenix, their Western Conference finals foes, Oct. 29. The Lakers travel to Denver for an Nov. 11 match-up. The Nuggets took the Lakers to six games in the conference finals in 2009.
The Lakers have a six-game trip from Dec. 9-19 that has a stop in Washington, where they will probably visit the White House and President Obama the day before playing the Washington Wizards.
The Lakers host Oklahoma City, a young and talented Thunder team that took L.A. to six games in the conference first-round playoff series, on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Lakers' longest road trip of the season is seven games, from Feb. 4-16, and it includes games in Boston (Feb. 10) and Orlando (Feb. 13).
The Lakers play at Miami on March 10, and that's part of a four-game trip that starts in San Antonio and goes to Atlanta and Miami before finishing in Dallas.
The Lakers finish the regular season April 13 at Sacramento.
-- Broderick Turner