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Lakers first take on Howard, Rockets on Nov. 7; open against Clippers

Jul 25, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

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The first showdown between Dwight Howard and his new friends on the Rockets and his old team the Lakers may happen before Kobe Bryant returns from Achilles surgery.

The Lakers will face the Rockets first on Nov. 7 in Houston, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register on Sulia. The full NBA schedule for next season should come out in the next several days, but some games are starting to leak out.

Kobe is aiming to be back from his Achilles tendon surgery for the start of the season — which will be Oct. 29 for the Lakers against the Clippers, first game of a back-to-back with Golden State — but it could be later into November or even early December when Kobe returns.

He should be good by Christmas, when the Lakers are scheduled to host the Heat.

The Lakers other games against the Rockets will be Feb. 19 (in Los Angeles), Jan. 8 (Houston) and April 8 (Los Angeles).

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    If Kobe’s there and at 85%, and no other key injuries, Lakers by 5 on the 1st head to head.

    • shanelsweet - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:52 AM

      I’ll bet you a forty ounce that won’t happen even if Kobe says he is near 100%. Houston wins that first game in Houston by double digits if Howard and Harden play. Bet?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        A 40oz., dangit I like your style! I would love to bet, but as a man I honor my bets and I don’t see a way I can go about sending (or receiving) such a gift without putting personal information out on the internet.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      Kobe could be 100% and I’d still take the Rockets. At this point in their careers, Harden is better than Kobe. A healthy Dwight is better than an aging Pau. And Lin, Asik, Parsons and company represent a far better supporting cast than the drek LA’s putting around Kobe and Pau.

      • money2long - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        harden doesn’t even believe he is better than kobe. anyone who liked his comment, cease from watching basketball. shame on you for saying harden is better. don’t respond to this by saying, I SAID AT THIS POINT…at this point, i bet if you asked lebron who is better between the two (harden, kobe), lebron would say kobe.

      • money2long - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        like u say, kobe at 100 percent, if hypothetically speaking if the olympics were this summer and coach K decided to start harden over kobe, coach K would be impeached. yes i said impeached.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Did LeBron find a humity pill somewhere? He might say Kobe’s had a better career, but LeBron knows he’s the best player right now and I doubt he’d be that shy about it. Regardless, Kobe isn’t the player he once was, and even without the injury he’d continue to decline. Harden, on the other hand, is still on the upswing of his career. They were fairly similar last year, but only a blind Kobe homer would think it likely that Kobe would not decline at all while at the same time Harden not improve at all. With Kobe’s aging and Wade’s uncertain knees, Harden is probably the best shooting guard in the NBA right now. That’s not a putdown of Kobe, no need to get yourself all in a lather.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Did you even watch kobe last season?? Harden might be better after the injury but that would be just guessing, come on man..

      • money2long - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        KEVIN, the discussion was between harden and kobe, not kobe and lebron. read carefully.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        I’m sorry, I assumed you were just being a Kobe-braggart. A closer reading would have told me you’re completely off the reservation. How the hell can you know how LeBron would answer that question, and why would his opinion matter anyway? Not only are you appealing to authority, you’re appealing to one that isn’t particularly authoritative. LeBron played Kobe and Harden twice each last year. How does that let him judge who’s better right now?

      • money2long - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        kevin, i want you to show me one nba coach who will vouch you in your estimation. every nba coach would put kobe on top of the shooting guard list. so your internet opinion is useless in the real world.

      • money2long - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        how can a coach know who is better? they play no one ? your logic is flawed

  2. obnoxioushack - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Kurt learned how to use semi-colons!

  3. slippyal2 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    If the NBA is going to use Christmas as a showcase for the NBA at least they can do is have the defending champs play at home. Regardless of who wins title, they should be able to spend time at home with their families on the holiday.

  4. Anoesis - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    IF the NBA is going to use Christmas as a showcase? New to the party, eh? The NBA has been scheduling games on Christmas since 1947. That’s right, 1947.

    Most years the league tries to schedule the past year’s finals participants to Christmas day games, but not necessarily against each other.

    Defending champs or not, I would imagine the arena workers are happy with a Christmas day away game as THEY would then get to spend time with their families. Players can afford to fly their families to the city they’re visiting and still open gifts with their kids Christmas morning, even if it’s in a hotel room.

    Last year the Heat were defending champs and got a Christmas day game at home. Just because you’re the defending champs doesn’t mean you get every Christmas game at home. Other past champs have played games away from home on Christmas: Ask the Lakers (39 total Christmas day games) or the Celtics (29) or the Knicks (48). Ok, maybe not the Knicks.

    • slippyal2 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Thanks Naismith, had no idea NBA and Christmas have gone back to the Truman adminstration. Champs should be playing at home, it should be a perk given to the winner. If teams have to travel, I just think the Champs shouldn’t have to. It won’t hurt to consistently have the Champions play a game at home on this particular day every season.

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