It’s the season opener for the 2010-2011 Los Angeles Lakers; but before the journey to repeat commences the squad will receive their championship rings for last seasons exploits. This past off-season was the quietest off season ever for a two-time defending champion in any sport.

The Lakers have no problem with being under the radar with all the pressure being on a certain team that plays in the East. While the majority of the NBA was enamored with a super team being assembled with the three biggest names in free agency landing on the east coast.

The spotlight, scrutiny and high expectations will hover over the Heat all-season and like it or not the move ushered in a new era in the NBA. The super team that Miami is chasing is already assembled and in place on the west coast. However, the purple reign is far from over, but it has improved. The Purple and Gold didn’t rest on their laurels and stand pat. The two-time defending champion Lakers retooled and are now two deep at every position.

The Additions of veterans Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Theo Ratliff and impressive rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter provide a needed mixture of versatility, experience and youth. The Lakers bench was a weakness last year and now should add better outside shooting as well as produce 35+ points per game.

The additions have also extended the careers of Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher as well as provide the Lakers with the ability to match up with anyone. Facing the Rockets; the Lakers have to prepare to play two different teams; one with Yao Ming and one without.

It has been widely publicized that Yao will be limited to 24 minutes per game. Yao is a huge presence in the post and will get the majority of his touches in the half-court offense the Lakers have to minimize his impact on this game.

Los Angeles needs to control the tempo and not allow the Rockets to get out and run. It is a must that all five Lakers get back on defense to eliminate transition baskets. Los Angeles will have to do a good job defending the screen and roll as well as rotating out to their three point shooters. Los Angeles needs to control the boards and play defense without fouling.

It is imperative that the Lakers take care of the ball, limit their turnovers. The Lakers can out-work the Rockets with a combination of excellent ball and player movement. When the Lakers do a good job of sharing the ball; effectively moving it from the strong to the weak side and moving the defense in the process, they’re tough to beat. The Lakers need to trust their offense and get into a rhythm early. Los Angeles will run their offense through Pau Gasol in the post and he needs to accept the challenge and be much more aggressive.

Prediction: Lakers 102 – Rockets 94

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

Los Angeles: TNT
Houston: TNT

Radio

Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
Houston: 1140 AM KHTK (Gary Gerould)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
  • Luke Walton (Hamstring) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Knee) Listed as Day-to-Day

Rockets:

  • C Yao Ming (Foot) Listed as Day-to-Day
  • PG Kyle Lowry (Back Spasms) Listed as Day-to-Day
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

    I’m Ready.

  • http://n/a nolongerhere

    Its a shame, this used to be a great blog, but now its a facebook version of yahoo sports. no longer reading this blog. good luck in the future.

  • Chozn1

    ring night baby!

  • Mike Sanders

    Who are you kidding? You WILL read this blog again lol, but he’s right it was a little bland, in the beginning you used to get the sense that the writer was a real fan.

  • http://57.amklac/ laffs atu

    kobe is going nowhere but downhill from now on.the decline of kobe will be on full display this season.will he take the fall with grace?don `t bet on it.

    • What laffs atu meant to say was!

      laffs atu is going nowhere but downhill from now on. the decline of laffs atu will be on full display in this web site. will he take the fall with grace? don’t bet on it………………………………..keepin it real and being stupid at the same time!

  • http://sonofsambowie.blogspot.com/ John hathwell

    The season is finally upon us! Tonight’s game should be fun, as Houston’s team should be much improved. Check out my Laker preview here:

    http://sonofsambowie.blogspot.com/2010/10/one-more-than-shaq-working-on-two2011.html

  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com/ jtshoopsblog

    It`s a shame that Yao will be only playing 24 minutes. that`s not even enough to be effective. I can see him and the Rockets parting ways after this season

  • K-MAC

    The road to three peat shall finally begin…..at 7:30

  • http://57.amklac/ laffs atu

    the road to dee feat shall finally begin……at 7:30.

    • laffs atu?

      the time for spell check shall finally begin……NOW!…………………….the road to dee feat (defeat) shall finally begin…….at 7:30. laffs atu (We all are laughing at you!)

    • Kobe4life

      tha roed too dee feet shal fennally begen…….at &:30. mi mame ise laffs atu and i approeve thise messege………keepin it reel

    • Kobe4life

      goe bosten seltecks! i wove libran jemes! lakers ar nomber 1. 242lakerfan please help me learn how to spell. I seem to go dumb everytime I read laffs atu’s quotes.

  • si pepe

    the road to laffs atu death will begin now. hahahahahahah! laffs atu! laffs atu laffs atu coz you’re such a loooooser! looooser! go hide in your pants lebron the loooser the over rated puta!

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