The Los Angeles Lakers made a strong push for the NBA Finals last season, but they should be in store for an even more successful run this time around.
Now that we know what they're regular season schedule will look like, we can begin to make some predictions about how this refurbished roster will handle the renewed expectations from Lakers brass and fans alike.
So long as Kobe Bryant is leading the way, those expectations demand nothing short of another title. With Steve Nash and an improved bench creating the most feared rotation since Shaquille O'Neal was still wearing Purple and Gold, that title indeed looks to be within tantalizing reach.
Here's a look at what you can expect from Los Angeles as their season progresses from developing roster chemistry in the early going to digging in for what promises to be a thrilling postseason run.
From start to finish, this is sure to be one of the most eventful campaigns yet for a franchise that's been no stranger to excitement.