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Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant gets his championship ring from NBA Commission David Stern before their NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles on October 26, 2010. The Lakers won 112 to 110. UPI/Lori Shepler Photo via Newscom

The Los Angeles Lakers came back and beat the Houston Rockets last night in the season opener.  The Lakers received their rings prior to the game, and the team seemed distracted early on in the night.  However, the bench stepped up and brought the Lakers back into the game.  Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol helped assure a victory, while Steve Blake hit the game winning shot.  The Lakers have started the season 1-0 after beating the Rockets, 112-110.   Five key moments in last night’s game were, the emotional ring ceremony, Blake’s impressive game, Brown’s new stroke, Kobe’s “unhealthy” knees and the team’s poor defense.

Five Things To Take Away From the Lakers’ Opening Night Victory: Los Angeles Times Lakers Blog: Mark Medina

The Latest on the Lakers

The Lakers received their 2009-2010 NBA Championship rings last night, and Lakers.com gives us a close-up look at the “bling.” [Lakers.com]

Along with receiving their rings, the Lakers also raised banner number 16.  Here are photos of the entire ceremony. [Lakers.com]

The Lakers opened up their season with an exciting game against the Rockets.  The team played poorly in the first three quarters, but Shannon Brown and Steve Blake lifted the Lakers to victory.  Blake hit the game winning shot in his first game as a Laker, and Brown hit many big threes. [Lakers.com]

Lakers Nation’s Brian Tseng gives us an exclusive look at last night’s opening night. [Lakers Nation]

Today is Andrew Bynum’s birthday.  Perhaps his biggest wish will be getting his knees to 100%. [Lakers Nation]

Ron Artest was given the honor to reveal the 2009-2010 NBA Championship banner; however, Artest seemed to loose track of time during the event. [Los Angeles Times Lakers Blog: Mark Medina]

The Latest on the NBA

The opening game between the Celtics and the Heat was the most watched regular season game on cable in NBA history. [NBA.com]

Bulls’ all-star forward Carlos Boozer will have his cast removed next week, and will begin rehab soon after. [ESPN Chicago]

Cavaliers’ forward Antawn Jamison is not “thrilled” with this bench playing role. [Slam Magazine]

The 2011 NBA Draft will be held in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey rather than Madison Square Garden.  The NBA Draft had been held at the Garden in New York since 2001. [ESPN.com]

Knicks’ forward Anthony Randolph will be out for one week due to a sprained ankle. [ESPN.com]

Should Pistons’ veteran player Tracy McGrady be limited to 15 minutes a game? Yao Ming of the Rockets has been limited to 24 minutes, so should T-Mac be restricted also? [Pro Basketball Talk]

The New Jersey Nets have just signed a sponsorship with Russia’ top air carrier, Aeroflot. [NBA.com]

Wizards’ guard Gilbert Arenas will miss the team’s first two games due to a sprained tendon in his right ankle. [Slam Magazine]

Cavalier’s owner Dan Gilbert does not regret the letter he wrote after LeBron James left the team. [Sporting News]

John Salmons and Carlos Delfino will start for the Milwaukee Bucks.  It was a tight race between Carlos Defino and Cory Maggette, but Delfino won the starting spot. [Sporting News]

The New Orleans Hornets pick up the option for the 2011-2012 season for the newly acquired guard from the Portland Trial Blazers, Jerryd Bayless. [NBA.com]

NBA Results for October 26th, 2010 (Opening Night)

Celtics-88 (1-0) Heat-80 (0-1)

Blazers-106 (1-0) Suns-92 (0-1)

Lakers-112 (1-0) Rockets-110 (0-1)

NBA Schedule for October 27th, 2010

Celtics @ Cavaliers

Pistons @ Nets

Heat @ 76ers

Knicks @ Raptors

Hawks @ Grizzlies

Kings @ Timberwolves

Bucks @ Hornets

Bulls @ Thunder-ESPN

Bobcats @ Mavericks

Pacers @ Spurs

Jazz @ Nuggets

Rockets @ Warriors

Blazers @ Clippers-ESPN

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