Two storied franchises that seem to be moving in opposite directions face off in first game in California of the new NBA season when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Chicago Bulls.
While the Bulls finished last year with the best record in the NBA (62-20) and have added talent to help their chances of making an NBA Finals appearance this year, the Lakers shipped off the 2010-11 Sixth Man of the Year, Lamar Odom, to the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
While last year’s NBA MVP Derrick Rose (Chicago) will be sliding around, and likely over, aging PG Derek Fisher (Lakers), the Bulls’ recent addition of Richard Hamilton will make his regular season debut against five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant (LA). This matchup of seasoned shooting guard should be interesting for both fanbases.
While Lakers fans will be curious to see how badly Kobe’s shot is affected by his ailing wrist, Bulls fans are anxiously waiting to see how well Hamilton adds to an already potent team. A favorable LA crowd will help Kobe win this matchup, though the Lakers will fall short against the deeper Bulls team.
Winner Prediction: Kobe Bryant
Game Winner: Chicago Bulls