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Lakers to open against OKC, host Bulls on Christmas Day

Jul 18, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

If you’re into the whole good news/bad news thing, then this is the place for you.  The good news is, the NBA is going ahead with releasing its schedule for the 2011-12 season, and doing so Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The bad news, as we’re all well aware at this point, is that there may not be a season at all, depending on what happens with negotiations between the owners and the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Semantics! In the latest (and likely final) leak of information before the schedule is officially announced, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times hips us to the opening night and Christmas Day matchups that the Lakers will be facing in the team’s first season under the Mike Brown regime in Los Angeles.

NBA to release sked for next season Tues despite lockout. Lakers would open Nov 1 vs OKC at home. Lakers host Bulls Christmas Day.

As we mentioned when we told you about the Knicks hosting the Celtics, the Lakers traditionally play on Christmas, and the Bulls — being in a large market, and having the reigning MVP in Derrick Rose on the roster — were a lock to be penciled in to play on the day the league uses to showcase its top teams.

All we need now is a labor agreement to get hammered out in time for these games to actually be played as scheduled.

  1. jrmcool20 - Jul 19, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    well it dont matter anyways there wont be a nba season this year anyways !!! so i dont no why everyone including all of you sports writters are hyping it up and how this player might go here or this player could play for that team etc,,, blah blah blah,, none of it means crap there will be NO SEASON this year anyways,, also thats why more and more players are leaving and going to europe and asia and even south america and israel to play and i not to mention all the BIG NAME players already getting ready to leave and sign over in these diff countrys to play for them till the owners and players can get it worked out ,,,, lol thats tells me all i need to know on westher there will be a nba season or NOT ,,,and the NOTS have it ,, the players already got word from agents , and owners not to even think about a new contract for this season !!! the owners would love nothing more than to take a year off so they can SAVE MONEY and not have A PAYROLL to content with!!! and thats why the owners are in NO HURRY to get a new contract with the players right now they all could care less about the season atleasttill the owners can get the deal THEY WANT this time around !!!! so remeber that people / fans when they want us back to support the league !!!

  2. urodaddy07 - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    I hope you are wrong man, because a year is a long time. The NBA my find that winning back it’s fans is not so easy come 2012-13 season.

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