Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  9 responses

Kobe Bryant’s Lakers to Face Dwight Howard’s Rockets on November 7

Should Kobe Bryant suit up when the season begins, he’ll get an early crack at Dwight Howard and his new team. The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports, will do battle on November 7. Per Yahoo! Sports and the OC Register: “As Kobe Bryant rehabilitates his torn Achilles tendon, there will undoubtedly be a date circled on his and the Los Angeles Lakers’ schedule: A Nov. 7 trip to Houston to meet the Rockets and center Dwight Howard. [...] There’s belief that Bryant could be ready to start the season, but he still has hurdles to complete in his rehabilitation process from the injury he suffered in mid-April against the Golden State Warriors. [...] The NBA schedule has not been officially released, but it’s unlikely to change from those plans. The other revenge games for the Lakers vs. Dwight are Jan. 8 in Houston, Feb. 19 at Staples Center and April 8 also at Staples.”

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  • Basketball Coach

    not to bash the Lakers (Im a Lakers fan after all) but what I see is the Rockets having a better line up for this match up. you really can’t argue that D12 is one of the best Centers in the game and LA doesn’t really have someone to match him.


  • simpsonbroderick87@gmail.com

    This should be a Christmas Day game.

  • meloman221

    Horrible scheduling… this should dfeinetely be a Christmas game, and the first time they play should be in LA

  • LLC#12

    True, Dwight is hands down better than Kaman, but I’d say the Lakers are still better at the 4, 2 and 1 spots. The benches are maybe about even.

  • Anthony

    Mamba become 1st player post achilles tendon tear to drop 50….

  • spit hot fiyah

    that all depends on how kobe looks when i he comes back, assuming that he will play in this game.

  • LakeShow

    Parsons and Harden are the ones you have to stop in Houston.
    I don’t see Dwight having many dominant 30 point outings, but you can’t let Harden get hot and let Parson start feeling the deep ball stroke(yeah I went as weird as possible in that phrasing). Those guys are the killers on the team. Kaman and Gasol both can drag Dwight out of the paint on offense. Let KB go to work on the post early on to let him get his groove back. The balance on this Lakers squad is better now and with injuries at a minimum this team will be better than last year. If you don’t understand why I can explain it to you.

  • OleOtis

    Dwight doesn’t need 30 point nights to be dominant, but he’ll have at least a few. If he’s healthy, he’ll be the same guy who took the Magic to the Finals. That guy is the best center in the league. The Lakers can be better than they were last season during the regular season, that’s great. I hope they all stay healthy. But they’ll be no threat in the playoffs. At best, they’ll be a 7 or 8 seed and be done in the first round at the hands of the Spurs, Thunder or Clippers.

  • LakeShow

    Your most likely right.
    The only chance is if they can learn a semblance of team defense, and be 100% healthy. Both are big if’s. But they are as seasoned a group as anyone going into the playoffs.