According to Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) of the Sun Sentinel, the Lakers will be hosting the back to back champion Miami HEAT at STAPLES on Christmas Day 2013.

All this means is that even with the departure of Dwight Howard to Houston, the NBA still sees the Lakers as one of the top two national draws.

Although Kobe is planning to return for the beginning of the season, most expect him to return around November/December.

The final regular season schedule is still being finalized, and should be released sometime next week or so.