Following the release of the 2013-14 NBA schedule, the Los Angeles Lakers received a bit of a backlash for having more nationally televised games than the two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat.
The Lakers will be featured in 29 nationally televised games after losing Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in free agency and with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the immediate future for Kobe Bryant. Although it won’t be difficult to see the Lakers on television next season, the storied NBA franchise will likely be in for one of the toughest seasons in recent years.
Not only is Kobe’s recovery timetable from Achilles surgery uncertain moving forward, but the schedule is brutal to say the least for this aging team. The Lakers will be tested right out of the gate next season with the team set to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in the first three games of the season.
Along with a rough start to the season, the aging Lakers also have a few brutal stretches during the season including playing the Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder (twice) and San Antonio Spurs (twice) in six games.
Perhaps the roughest stretch for the Lakers will be to finish out the season. In the final six games, the Lakers will take on the Clippers, Houston Rockets, Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz and Spurs.
If the Lakers are battling to clinch a playoff spot late in the year as they were last season, these final six games may turn out to be costly.
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