August 6th, 2013
When we look back at the 2013-2014 NBA season for the Lakers, and we try to remember when their season was over, the answer will emphatically be when the schedule came out. The NBA released the schedule for the upcoming season, and it’s practically a mine field for the Lake Show.
LA opens the season on Tuesday, October 29th against the Clippers, followed by a trip to face the Warriors in Oakland the following night. That will be the first set of 19 back-to-back games for the purple and gold. To make matters worse, the Spurs will be rolling into Staples Center on Friday, November 1st, so the Lakers could easily be 0-3.
If you think the beginning is bad, wait until you hear about March and April. Over an 8 day stretch in March, the Lakers will play the Clippers, Denver Oklahoma City twice, and San Antonio twice! That’s a beat down down in a dark ally just waiting to happen. Oh yea….and 5 of their last 6 games of the season are against playoff teams from last year, including a trip to San Antonio to finish the regular season.
Some of the other highlights (or maybe low-lights?) on the schedule include a trip to Houston on Thursday November 7th, where they’ll face former Laker Dwight Howard for the first time since his departure. Howard and the Rockets will visit Staples Center for the first time on Wednesday February 19th. I expect the boo birds to be in full effect for Dwight.
Then there’s also the annual Christmas day game, where this year, the Lakers will host the 2-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat at Staples. This year’s grammy trip will run from January 15th to January 26th, which will feature visits to Phoenix, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and New York.
I guess David Stern is so excited to see the Lakers get crushed this year that he will be putting them on national TV 29 times, which is more than any other team. The real question though is if the team gets off to a rough start, will Mike D’Antoni be fired before the season ends? Laker fans can only hope.