LA Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls: 5 Observations from Christmas Day at Staples Center

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LA Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls: 5 Observations from Christmas Day at Staples Center
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Nobody was really sure what to expect coming into this Christmas day matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, but LA's last minute meltdown certainly wasn't predicted as the Bulls stole the win.

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers had an interesting offseason with coaching changes, name changes, blown up trades, injuries, suspensions, and a divorce, meaning expectations were a little lower than usual coming into opening day.

The team's lineup looked much different than the team that repeated as champions just two seasons ago, but the Bulls brought in a squad that was nearly unchanged except for the addition of Richard Hamilton.

Nevertheless, the game was competitive throughout and provided some interesting insight for the remainder of the season as two of the NBA's top teams met to kick it off.

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