Cancel your plans for Christmas: Lakers play Heat at Staples Center
The NBA announced the TV schedule for opening week, Christmas and Martin Luther King's birthday on Tuesday, and, as expected, the Miami Heat will be playing the Lakers on Christmas Day, at Staples Center. Below are the four Lakers games announced on Tuesday:
Season Opener: Oct. 26 - Lakers vs. Houston at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. on TNT. Lakers will receive their championship rings.
Oct. 29: Lakers at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Rematch of the Western Conference finals.
Chrristmas Day: Lakers vs. Miami at Staples Center, 2 p.m. on ABC. I don't know, did the Heat do something in the off-season to earn the Christmas Day slot? I can't remember if they made any moves or not.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17): Lakers vs. Oklahoma City at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. on TNT.
Below is the complete schedule released by the NBA (all times Pacific):
10/26 - Miami at Boston, TNT 4:30 p.m.
10/26 - Houston at Lakers, TNT 7:30 p.m.
10/27 - Chicago at Thunder, ESPN 5 p.m.
10/27 - Portland at Clippers, ESPN 7:30 p.m.
10/28 - Wizards at Orlando, TNT 5 p.m.
10/28 - Phoenix at Utah, TNT 7:30 p.m.
10/29 - Orlando at Miami, ESPN/ESPN Deportes 5 p.m.
10/29 - Lakers at Phoenix, ESPN/ESPN Deportes 7:30 p.m.
10/30 - Denver at Houston, NBA TV 5:30 p.m.
10/31 - Utah at Thunder, NBA TV 4 p.m.
11/1 - Portland at Chicago, NBA TV 5 p.m.
12/25 - Chicago at N.Y., ESPN 9 a.m.
12/25 - Boston at Orlando, ABC 11:30 a.m.
12/25 - Miami at Lakers, ABC 2 p.m.
12/25 - Denver at Thunder, ESPN 5 pm.
12/25 - Portland at G.S., ESPN 7:30 p.m.
1/17 - Chicago at Memphis, ESPN 10 a.m.
1/17 - Kings at Atlanta, NBA TV 1 p.m.
1/17 - Orlando at Boston, TNT 5 p.m.
1/17 - Thunder at Lakers, TNT 7:30 p.m.
-- Houston Mitchell