Get excited! The Lakers 2010-11 Schedule is here.
Another year of high-flying acrobatics from Shannon;
Another year of crazy antics and what-did-he-just-say tweets from ole' Ron Ron;
Another year of D-Fish buzzer beaters and clutch 3's;
Another year of terrifying sounds and faces out of Pau while he tears up the post with baby-faced Bynum;
Another year with the KLOSER of all game closers, Kobe Bryant;
Another year with the game's greatest coach, Phil Jackson;
And hopefully another year that ends in June, not April, with the Lakers lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy proud and high with another Championship banner to hang in the Staples Center rafters.
It's not just what Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has been able to retain this season that we're excited about (hi-five Mitch), it's also the anticipation of a few new changes:
We said goodbye to the friendly giant from Congo, DJ Mbenga;
Professional bench warmer Adam Morisson and his don't-trust-this-guy-alone-with-your-kids 'stache are gone as well;
LA-native Jordan Farmar signed with the NJ Nets (I'll be looking for cameos on Jersey Shore) and corn-row-sporting Josh Powell is off to Atlanta too;
We gladly said hello to our former tattooed rival Matt Barnes who will proudly wear the purple and gold (Picture above: remember this moment?);
Veterans Theo Ratliff and Steve Blake have also inked their names on the dotted line, further strengthening the Lakers bench;
Draft picks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks will also get a chance to show us what they're made of;
And hopefully the resetting of my favorite Slovenian, Sasha Vujacic, back to his 2009-10 glory days that we saw a glimpse of at the end of the NBA Finals last year.
It's going to be a great season. Check out the 2010-11 Schedule and start planning accordingly! (Sorry Granny, Christmas presents with the family will have to be delayed until after we watch Kobe and the Lake Show take on The Three Musketeers of Miami.) It even includes a preseason stop in Orange County at the Honda Center to take on the Utah Jazz.
On my Blip.fm station: Jamie Cullum's "Rocket Man"
PRESEASON OC GAME: Tuesday, Oct. 19 vs Utah, 7:30 p.m. @ the Honda Center, Anaheim
Tuesday, Oct. 26 vs Houston, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 @ Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31 vs Golden State, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 2 vs Memphis, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 3 @ Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5 vs Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7 vs Portland, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 vs Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 11 @ Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14 vs Phoenix, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16 @ Milwaukee, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 @ Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19 @ Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21 vs Golden State, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 23 vs Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 26 @ Utah, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28 vs Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 30 @ Memphis, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 1 @ Houston, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 3 vs Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 7 vs Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8 @ LA Clippers, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10 @ Chicago, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12 @ New Jersey, 10:00am
Tuesday, Dec. 14 @ Washington, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 @ Indiana, 4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 @ Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 19 @ Toronto, 10:00am
Tuesday, Dec. 21 vs Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Sat Dec. 25 vs Miami, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 28 @ San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29 @ New Orleans, 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 31 vs Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 2 vs Memphis, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 4 vs Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5 @ Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 7 vs New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 9 vs New York, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 11 vs Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12 @ Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 14 vs New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 16 @ LA Clippers, 12:30 p.m.
Monday Jan. 17 vs Oklahoma City, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 19 @ Dallas, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 21 @ Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25 vs Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28 vs Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 30 vs Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 vs Houston, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3 vs San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Sat Feb. 5 @ New Orleans, 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 7 @ Memphis, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 10 @ Boston, 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11 @ New York, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13 @ Orlando, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 14 @ Charlotte, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16 @ Cleveland, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 22 vs Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 @ Portland, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25 vs LA Clippers, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27 @ Oklahoma City, 11:30am
Tuesday, March 1 @ Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 4 vs Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 @ San Antonio, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8 @ Atlanta, 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 10 @ Miami, 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 @ Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 14 vs Orlando, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18 vs Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 vs Portland, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22 vs Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 25 vs LA Clippers, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 vs New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 31 vs Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 1 @ Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 vs Denver, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 05 vs Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 @ Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8 @ Portland, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 vs Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 vs San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13 @ Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.