The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers Tip Off and 2016-17 Schedule
The Kobe Bryant-less roster tips off at Staples Center on October 26 against the Houston Rockets. Life without the Black Mamba is now a reality for the LA Lakers.
The No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram and No. 32 Ivica Zubac of the 2016 NBA Draft, Coach Luke Walton, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng and Jose Calderon will make their debut in purple and gold.
Fourteen of their games will be nationally televised and we sure do not want to miss some of this season's highlights:
Nov. 4 vs. GSW- Kevin Durant as a warrior debut at Staples Center.
Dec. 16 and PHI: fans of these two teams will finally see the No. 1 pick Brandon Ingram and No. 2 pick Ben Simmons competing for the first time in the regular season of the NBA.
Dec. 25 VS. LAC: Lakers will play at home on Christmas Day for the second straight year. But before that, the boys will be on the road for twelve days. Eastern Conference's top three playoff seeds from last year: Cleveland, Miami and Toronto as their opponents will highlight their games away from Los Angeles.
Feb. 3 and BOS: NBA's greatest rival teams collide. The two greatest franchises in the NBA as well. One of the Lakers' annual Grammy road trip highlights will be this this game.
March 19 vs. CLE: LeBron and the defending champs come to Los Angeles for the only time.
We have pictured a roster without Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neil, etc. I think we can picture one without Kobe Bryant. But he will forever be missed. Let's go Lakers!
Check out the full Lakers 2016-17 Schedule HERE.
Source: Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA's official website