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2013-2014 Schedule: Most Anticipated Games Of The Regular Season (Part 1)

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April 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) moves the ball up court against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

@ Los Angeles Lakers – November 1, 2013 – Televised on ESPN at 9:30 PM EST

The San Antonio Spurs on the second game of their season will be on the road against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.  Everyone has heard of the news of Kobe Bryant going down with the achilles injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the season.  Most players whom suffer this kind of injury do not come back as an explosive player as before.  I for one am looking forward to see how Bryant does come back from this.

I can take the heat that I may get from Spurs fans on wanting to see how Bryant comes back, love him or hate him, the guy is a competitor and if you can’t see, a really good player.  I never want to see someone with the stature as him go down the way he did.

It has said that he is recovering well and will be ready for the season.  Others are wondering if he is coming back to fast.  It is Kobe Bryant.  After seeing his team being knocked out of the playoffs and the fallout of one Dwight Howard, you better believe he has a lot that he wants to prove.  The Lakers last season was a joke.  Yes I did say it.  When they signed Howard, everyone thought title.  Do not get me wrong, they had a chance, but I never once thought it would work out.  Howard played his best basketball when he was the ‘man’.  While in Orlando he put up huge numbers, to the point where he could of possibly been the best center in the league.  Then the Lakers happened.  End of Story.

San Antonio fans around the world will be able to see these two teams battle it out on national television as this game will be on ESPN.  This also means, fans will be able to see newest Spurs Marco Belinelli.  I am excited to see what he brings to the Spurs.  He is a great defender and can shoot the ball pretty good as well.

My Prediction:  There certainly will be a lot of emotion during this game.  All eyes will certainly be on Kobe Bryant and how he responds.  Will he be passive, or will he be the Kobe everyone knows.  This in fact will be a new beginning for the Lakers as it is now the Kobe and Pau show.  Outside of these two, the Lakers will be trying to find some sort of rotation that will work for them during the season.  Trying something against the San Antonio Spurs seem to be doom for them.  I see San Antonio taking control of this game and possibly winning by a good margin.

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