Opening night: Lakers vs. Rockets
It'll be official in a few hours on NBA TV but for those of you who can't get near a set at 4 p.m. PDT, the Lakers will be opening the season on Oct. 26, hosting the Houston Rockets.
Not the most attractive opener out there ... but the not the worst one by any means.
There is, of course, the draw of former Laker Trevor Ariza returning, and even more intriguing, the possible presence of Yao Ming. The Rockets center missed all of last season because of foot surgery. Last week, he told Chinese media that he might call it quits if his foot does not fully heal.
-- Lisa Dillman