2008-09 Schedule Released; Lakers opener against Blazers

    The Los Angeles Lakers schedule was released moments ago and the Lakers opening game is at Staples, on October 28, 2008, with the Portland Traiblazers. (Bynum vs. Oden). And to nobody’s surprise the Lakers will host the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day. Can these guys ever have a Christmas off?

    - To view the pre-season schedule, click here.
    - To view the complete regular season schedule, click here.

    A few notes after reviewing the schedule…

    • Pretty balanced home/road to start the season. 9 of first 20 are road games (with one being the Clips).
    • Six game road trip in Jan/Feb (also 7 of 8 and 8 of 10), including Toronto, Boston, Cleveland.
    • Seven game road trip in March/April, including Detroit.
    • 24 of our last 38 are road games
    • Last 20 games include 12 on the road (with no “freebie” in LA). Last 10 games are 5-5.
    • We have 16 back-2-back games. The NBA record is 17.
    • Lakers individual tickets will go on sale on Saturday, October 4th.
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    • Kobe Bryant Fan

      FIRST!

    • KOBE WANNABE

      i looked on the lakers website, and it says its at staples vs portland

    • lakerschamps09

      wtf why are we on the road?????

    • http://twitter.com/nugge7 The Nugget

      OOPS! Thanks for the heads-up. :)[Comment ID #48272 Will Be Quoted Here]

      OOPS! Thanks for the heads-up. :)

    • osm0nd

      wow… that november schedule looks mighty tough!

    • VoiceofReason

      Lets not lose opening night now. I feel if Lakers can beat Houston we’ll have at least a 16 – 0 start.

    • http://ld2k.com LD2k

      Added a few notes. Interesting schedule. It’s going to be tough, but not as tough as last year imo.

    • http://www.myspace.com/fabezee fabz24lakers

      [Comment ID #48277 Will Be Quoted Here]

      nice thinking but your not living up to your screen name….but we should have a nice start,but have a strong finish…kb wont play any preseason games or i would say the 1st 7-9 games of the season opener!

    • VoiceofReason

      “nice thinking but your not living up to your screen name….but we should have a nice start,but have a strong finish…kb wont play any preseason games or i would say the 1st 7-9 games of the season opener!”

      Kobe recovery time is said to be about 3 weeks. He got September to rest. He’ll be ready by preseason.

    • Lakers 24 7

      He’ll be ready by pre-season but he’ll just sit out just to be sure, I wouldn’t want him playing in the pre season whether he’s healthy or not. Save that energy for when it counts.

    • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

      Schedule looks fine. The tough end should get us tuned up for the playoffs.

    • xtro

      Bynum v. Oden. Hell yeah!

    • vida8

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      Woah…….. who said kobe is going out for 7-9 game …
      he is just going to rest traning camp and preseason ….i dont think he will miss any games….

    • KOBEISKING

      Christmas Thumping of boston…..=)

    • tamir

      we also have two five game home stands. I think the west will be even deeper than last year (if thats possible) We need kobe for every game!

    • http://ld2k.com LD2k

      Don’t forget – our win % (even with playoffs included) with Pau in the lineup is very high. Imagine adding Bynum into that mix with an entire season to gel.

      I’m DAMN excited :)

    • me

      kobes most likely not ganna play preseason and training camp because he hasnt had a rest since finals. the olympics is better preperation then training camp and pre, so he should take those weeks off get energy back and rest his pinkie

    • S-quire

      I was gonna whine a little bit (with no right b/c last year our end of season schedule was very favorable) but this isn’t so bad. Our last 15 games or so when we need to build momentum, although largely on the road, are very doable. Also, 5/7 of our last games are at home. And the last one will be playoff atmosphere game at home vs. Utah which will get us especially ready for the post-season. Stay Healthy Lake Show!

    • SILO

      HELL YEAH!!!!!!!
      I CAN GO TO THE LAKERS SUNS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      CANT WAIT

    • LAL4Life

      Kobe won’t need to play preseason because he is still in shape from the olympics. Plus its Kobe who is never out of shape anyway. But the only thing that worries me about the beginning is that it might take a few weeks to get the rotation going and that monster starting lineup on the same page. But thats a small issue. This is the quietest off season I can remember since the title runs in 00-02. Im so excited for this season…

    • Lorenzo

      WTF at the back to back road games on the 4th and 5th of February. And the second game of the back-to-back is against BOSTON no less after playing a much improved Toronto team the night before. Wow.

    • KOBEISKING

      I cant wait to chant BOSTON SUCKS on christmas

    • SILO

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      They are probably gonna have to use the beep button to block out the stuff we are gonna say to them. lol.

    • http://myspace.com/thaonlyrhom RD

      i cant wait! lakers and celtics christmas day! wooooo!

    • DCLAKER

      I can’t wait ’til…..Vlad is traded then I’ll get excited.

      BOSTONSTILLSUCKS.com

    • Lakezilla

      The first time the Lakers play Phoenix is on Nov 20 and TnT has that game. You know Earnie, Kenny and Charles are going to play up that Shaq rap against Kobe and have some fun with it. Can’t wait for Kobe to go off and hopefully get that elusive monster dunk on the “Big Has Been”.

    • kingkb24

      hard at the end but no way near as hard as it was last year in the beginning

    • Bynum Bryant 09

      Them Celtic fans a buncha ignorant idiots. This is what they are calling our meeting on christmas day

      Thursday 12/25 at Lakers – The “We Told You Bynum Won’t Make a Difference” Blowout

      We went to the finals without our starting center and now all of a sudden there going to blow us out with our full line up in tact. LMAO!!! Can’t wait to till next season starts, Celtic fans will be so embarassed. Its going to be great!

    • roscoe

      birthday present for me on the oct. 28th the lakers vs portland and bayless whom i know.

    • Mitch4Pres

      last years scheduale was the hardest i can remember so i guess this isnt as bad. i hope they destroy the celdicks on christmas.

    • alan

      going to the christmas game baby. we goin fkin kill the sell-dicks (everyone has different nicknames for these guys..lol)

    • http://ld2k.com LD2k

      [Comment ID #48304 Will Be Quoted Here]
      It’d be interesting to see if they get to the finals without their starting center for half a season…

      This upcoming season will be a test for everyone. Bynum/Odom/Gasol/Kobe gives me more hope than any other team out there. Get ready for pure domination next season.

    • DCLAKER

      …and I INVENTED LAKEZILLA(LO/PAU/AB)so since your using my invention…..can you get some T-Shirts made,please…cool.

      VLADNEEDSTOGETTRADED.com,

    • http://89.com MambaKB24

      [Comment ID #48300 Will Be Quoted Here]

      hahahah i love those guys at TNT

      honest prediction after seeing the schedule: around 65 wins, 68 at most, and around 60 if we loose to many silly ones (which we usually do)

    • iskerfan567

      bynum and oden rivalry begins, []D[][]V[][]D, how can you not love this opener, we be going head to head with this team for the next 5 to 8 years

    • Ignard

      Who didn’t see the Christmas Day match up coming?

    • ricky

      what a way to kick of the lakers’ season by playing the best young, up and coming team in the nba. i am so looking forward to BYNUM VS ODEN. that is gonna be the most anticipated matchup for the upcoming season. both are huge 20 year old, 7’0 monsters, however bynum does have about 35 pounds on oden. and also, andrew has been in the nba 2.5 years already (went by fast) and he does have kareem helping him out ever since the start so i would think andrew would have the edge immediately, but its still gonna be an AMAZING matchup nonetheless.

      then you got

      kobe vs roy (good matchup)
      odom vs webster/outlaw
      gasol vs aldrige (good matchup)

      ITS STILL EARLY I KNOW, BUT THE LAKERS SHOULD LOOK TO SIGN A BACKUP BIG MAN SOON BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

      1. JOSH POWELL (GOOD FIT, NUMBERS SIMILAR TO THAT OF RONNY’S LAST SEASON)

      2. ELTON BROWN (PLAYED MANY NBDL GAMES AND SEEMS LIKE A SOLID REBOUNDER AT 6’9 250)

      WHAT OTHER BIGS ARE AVAILABLE, ANYONE KNOW??

    • ricky

      ANOTHER OPTION FOR THE LAKERS CAN BE A TRADE SENDING VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC TO MIAMI FOR UDONIS HASLEM. THAT WOULD MAKE THIS TEAM NEAR PERFECT. HE WOULD BE A GREAT FIT FOR US.

    • ricky

      I’M REALLY HOPING THE LAKERS SIGN ANOTHER BIG MAN TO THE ROSTER AND MY 2 TOP CHOICES ARE JOSH POWELL AND ELTON BROWN.

      HOWEVER, IF THE LAKERS DECIDE TO STAND PAT, THEN I THINK THIS SHOULD BE THE LINEUP AND ROTATION FOR THE TEAM:

      STARTING 5

      C BYNUM
      F GASOL
      F ODOM
      G BRYANT
      G FISHER

      BENCH MOB

      C MIHM/MBENGA (RE-SIGN??)
      F RADMANOVIC
      F ARIZA/WALTON (INTERCHANGEABLE)
      G VUJACIC/KARL OR CRAWFORD (I WOULD RATHER HAVE CRAWFORD)
      G FARMAR/YUE (SIGN ??)

    • Mon

      yeah, we need a PF or C. The likes of AC Green, Rodman, Rick Fox, and Horace Grant….i missed those guys

    • ak24

      RANDOM but sik mix

    • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

      I feel that this would make us even better if this could happen:
      http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=1016~2027~2171&teams=29~29~13&te=&cash=

      Imagine :)
      Fisher/Farmer/Crawford
      Bryant/Vujivic/Mitchelle
      Odom/Ariza/Karl
      Gasol/Milici/Powell(if?)
      Bynum/Mihm/Mebanga

    • ak24

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      okay trade

    • Make a Move, Mitch

      [Comment ID #48324 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Great call mate. Vlad and Luke are the ones classified as “expendables.” I think any other players that will get significant amounts of playing are “untouchables,” not to me, but at least to the Lakers FO.

    • Make a Move, Mitch

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      Just curious, did Kobe guard centers in high school? I would guess that he guarded who ever was the best on each high school team.

    • DCLAKER

      Call Mil. and get DESMOND MASON(alongside Kobe WOULD UNSTOPPABLE)!!!

    • lakers4life

      dont we have 19 back to backs?

    • lakers4life
    • blazermark

      Good luck next Tuesday, but I hope it will be a game that will be known as the Blazer’s coming out party. We split w/ you last season, but this season we added Oden, Rudy, and Bayless. Plus LA and Roy are one year further along. Go Blazers!!