Los Angeles Lakers 2013-14 Season
10/29/13 – When will Kobe be back? It’s the question on every Lakers fan’s mind these days. Bryant’s return
to the court is key to the success of the Los Angeles Lakers season. The 5x NBA Champion will sit out tonight’s season opener against the Clippers, but has been cleared for full weight-bearing running. His comeback is in full swing; but in the meantime, future Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar, and Steve Blake will be called upon to be playmakers. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of just three teams in the league to see a fall in average ticket price since last season. Entering the 2013-14 season, Lakers tickets average $275, still second highest in the NBA
but down 6% since last year. The most expensive game at Staples Center this year is the Christmas Day matchup against the Heat. Lakers vs. Heat tickets on December 25 start at $152 and is one of the Top 5 NBA games
this season based on average price ($615)
8/8/13 - The Lakers season last year was one of the most disappointing in the storied franchise’s history, and was punctuated by the offseason departure of top free agent Dwight Howard. Their success this season hinges on the health of Kobe Bryant’s Achilles and the performance of aging former All-Stars Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. The Lakers open their season on 10/29 against the Clippers in the first of four regular season games against their L.A. nemesis. The annual Christmas Day game will be held at home against the 2-time defending champion Heat. Both Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard make their hyped returns to Staples Center this season: Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers on 1/14 (avg. $270) and Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers on 2/19 (avg. $421).
2/13/13 - Despite bringing in a pair of marquee names in the offseason (Steve Nash and Dwight Howard), the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves struggling just to make the playoffs. The Lake Show, while still led on the floor by Kobe Bryant (currently third in the NBA in points per game), were a coaching carousel early in the season before settling on Mike D'Antoni. Not only that, but the team was struggling — and continues to struggle — with injuries to key players. Both newcomers, Nash and Howard, have been on the injury list for significant periods of time, as well as Pau Gasol; Howard's injuries are a key loss, as he ranks in the league's top five in rebounding and blocked shots. The only player to appear in as many games as Bryant has been forward Metta World Peace.
And, while offensively the Lakers are doing quite well — top ten rankings in the league in both points per game and rebounds — as a team, they need a reminder that basketball has two sides, offense and defense, as they are in the bottom quarter of the league in points allowed. Staples Center faithful can only hope that their boys in purple and gold can turn things around for a stretch run into the playoffs — otherwise they'll be on the outside watching Lob City and wondering what could have been. Lakers tickets average $268 at Staples Center, the second most expensive home game ticket in the NBA behind the New York Knicks. On the road, LA Lakers tickets average $70 less per ticket ($198) — only the world champion Miami Heat have a greater demand for road game tickets in the league. Who are the Lakers playing at Staples Center? The Lakers schedule includes upcoming home games with the Boston Celtics (2/20), Portland Trail Blazers (2/22),
Atlanta Hawks (3/3) and Chicago Bulls (3/10).