Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets: NBA Season Tipoff Live Blog, Stats, Analysis

James Schmidt@@james_schmidt1Correspondent IOctober 26, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Shane Battier #31 of the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on January 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Featured Columnist James Schmidt here, live blogging the 2010-11 NBA season tipoff between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Heat and Celtics wrapping up a close game, we can start our coverage of the Rockets at Los Angeles. 

The defending champs are trying to start off on the right foot. Speaking of feet, let's see if Yao Ming can take advantage of Andrew Bynum's injury in his first game since the 2008-2009 Western Conference Finals.