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The Sports Council is a private, non-profit organization which supports economic and community development through the promotion of spectator sports programs in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including support of our local teams and the attraction of events to the area.

Lakers 2014-15 Season Begins Tonight

Coming off their worst season since moving to Los Angeles 54 years ago, the Lakers hope to enjoy a better 2014-15 season as they open the campaign tonight at home against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets.

Achilles and knee problems limited Kobe Bryant to 83 points in six games last season as Los Angeles recorded a franchise-record 55 losses, finished with the second-worst winning percentage (.329) in club history and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05.

With Bryant entering his 19th season, 40-year-old Steve Nash out with a season-ending back injury and Pau Gasol in Chicago, the Lakers already appear in danger of missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the second time in club history.

Though new coach and former Laker Byron Scott hopes this club won't join those non-playoff teams of 1974-75 and '75-76, he's relished the underdog role.

With Nash done for the season and quite possibly his career, Los Angeles will turn to a former Rocket as its starting point guard. Houston dumped Jeremy Lin and his nearly $15 million contract to the Lakers in July while attempting to clear cap space to acquire Chris Bosh, though Bosh wound up staying in Miami.

Lin, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.2 assists the last two seasons with the Rockets, beat out journeyman Ronnie Price as the starter. Price, the only other true point guard on the roster, is probable for opening night despite a bone bruise.

Nick Young (17.9 points per game last season) is out until December while Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Xavier Henry (knee/back) and Wayne Ellington (concussion) will all miss opening night.

Those injuries will put more pressure on new addition Carlos Boozer and No. 7 overall draft pick Julius Randle, but most of the scoring load figures to fall to Bryant.

Los Angeles beat Houston 99-98 in last season's first meeting, but the Rockets won the remaining three by an average of 18.3 points - including a 134-108 rout when Howard returned to Staples Center on Feb. 19.

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Schedule for Saturday, November 1st
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USC @ Washington State 1:30PM 710 P12N USC 
Arizona @ UCLA 7:30PM 570 ESPN UCLA 
Horse Racing
Breeders' Cup @ Santa Anita 12:00PM Inquire 
Los Angeles Galaxy @ RSL TBA 1330 Galaxy 
Schedule for Sunday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 9th
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Sunday, November 2nd
NBA Sacramento @ Los Angeles Clippers 12:30 PM 980, 1220 Prime Clippers 
NHL Los Angeles Kings @ Carolina 2:00 PM 790 FSW Kings 
Saturday, November 8th
C-MFB UCLA @ Washington TBA 570 P12N UCLA 
Sunday, November 9th
MLS RSL @ Los Angeles Galaxy TBA 1330 Galaxy 
The Los Angeles Sports Council is a non-profit civic organization whose primary purpose is to promote economic development through sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.

On behalf of the community, the Sports Council bids against other cities for the right to host major sporting events, often staging or helping to stage events after successful bids.

Founded in 1988, the Sports Council's efforts represent more than $1 billion in overall economic impact for the region and range from NCAA Championships to the Super Bowl, and from the U.S Olympic Trials to the World Cup.

The Council also works in support of each of the area's established sports teams and facilities.

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