The NBA has released what it hopes to be the full schedule for the 2011-2012 NBA season. The Lakers are set to open a new Mike Brown reign on November 1st at STAPLES Center against a new familiar foe, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other highlights from the upcoming schedule include another annual Christmas Day game — this years opponents are the Chicago Bulls. Not exactly the rivalry game that we’ve grown accustom to since the Shaq departure. The season starts off on back to back nights, with L.A. heading to the bay with a matchup against Mark Jackson’s Golden State.
The Lakers first meeting against LeBron and his Heat super friends comes December 8th in Miami; with the second matchup exactly three months later in Los Angeles on ABC.
Eyes will be set on the December 15th game in Dallas, the first look the Lakers will have against the World Champion Mavericks since being swept in the second round.
L.A. infamous ‘Grammy Trip’ only lasts 6 road games this season. The trip sends the Lakers to Orlando, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Toronto. Lakers ship up to Boston February 9th in the TD Garden in the first of two matchups; Celtics visit L.A. March 11th.
With the lockout in full effect, it’s uncertain how many of these games will actually be played, if any, should the lockout last the entire season.