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NBA to release schedule; A look at the Lakers' schedule

July 18, 2011 |  4:53 pm

Even though the NBA has locked out its players, that hasn't stopped the league from preparing to release its schedule Tuesday for the 2011-12 season.

In many ways, it's  the NBA doing business as usual.

It's being done just in case a collective bargaining agreement is reached between  owners and players and the season starts on time.

The lockout started July 1, and since then there have been no negotiations between the owners and the players, few believe the NBA will start on time this season.

Nonetheless, the Lakers and their fans will have something to look over when NBA TV broadcasts a scheduled show at 11 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday.

Under this schedule, the Lakers would open the season at Staples Center on Nov. 1 against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the young and athletic Oklahoma City Thunder, said league sources not authorized to speak on the subject.

Here are some other dates to chew on:

The Lakers play Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and the Heat in Miami on Dec. 8 and will face them again at home March 4.

And the Lakers will face the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki, who swept Los Angeles out of the playoffs in the Western Conference semifinals, on the road Dec. 15 and at home Jan. 16 and April 15.

LA. will play the Chicago Bulls and league most valuable player Derrick Rose on Christmas Day at Staples.

The Lakers will play at Boston on Feb. 9 and host the Celtics on March 11.

 -- Broderick Turner