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NBA lockout: Lakers miss eight regular-season games

October 11, 2011 | 10:01 am

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*We will have a live chat at 2 p.m. today where we will have PLENTY to talk about regarding the NBA lockout.

Instead of working Staples Center up during the first two weeks of November, arena employees now wonder how they'll earn their next paycheck. Instead of fans seeing Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant going at it Nov. 1 in the Lakers' opening game, they may eventually see them only in  exhibitions or playing overseas. Instead of seeing how the Mike Brown era will look, fans will be confined to scrolling through lockout updates.

Even if the NBA owners and players' union believe the shortened season may result in a better deal to their liking, there's nothing positive regarding the league's decision to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. For the Lakers, that means games against Oklahoma City (Nov. 1), Golden State (Nov. 2), Phoenix (Nov. 4), New Orleans (Nov. 6), Sacramento (Nov. 7), San Antonio (Nov. 9), Denver (Nov. 11) and Detroit (Nov. 13) will never happen.

Of course, that's not entirely surprising. Many  have anticipated seeing a shortened 2011-2012 season. But the longer this lockout persists, the more negative consequences among displaced workers and disenchanted fans amplify. As for the Lakers, the added rest may help their weary legs, but that's going to prove minimal to the damage from other factors created by a lockout-shortened season. 

They'll have less time to understand and buy into Brown's offensive and defensive concepts.  The compacted schedule will quickly offset any rest the Lakers accumulated during the prolonged off-season. Some may  pursue overseas ventures, making it difficult to fully benefit from any off-season workouts Kobe Bryant or Derek Fisher might organize among the team. 

There's very little positive news coming out of these developments. And the only thing frustrated fans can do is wait. 


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