The Los Angeles Lakers and their fan base are ready to kick off the upcoming basketball campaign after one of the most forgettable seasons, if not the most forgettable, in franchise history.
With October approaching, the NBA preseason is on the verge of starting, much to the joy of Lakers supporters who are still trying to forget last year. On October 4, the Lakers host the Utah Jazz at the Stan Sheriff Center located in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to TiqIQ.com, secondary market Lakers tickets have an average price of $69 with a get-in price of the same price. It’s part of a two-game set in which the Lakers and Jazz square off, as they play there again two days later with a much higher average ticket price of $118.77 and a get-in price of $82.
When the Lakers head back to California, they’ll host the Toronto Raptors at Citizens Business Bank Arena on October 8, and then return to the Staples Center on October 11 to take on the Maccabi Haifa, which has an average ticket price of $82.42 and a get-in price of $11. To get an early start on the NBA season, Hipmunk.com has Los Angeles flights available to get fans near the Staples Center. Stay for multiple games by booking a Los Angeles hotel, which start from $45 on Hipmunk.
With the Lakers returning two key players from injury, Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle, the hope is Los Angeles can make a drastic jump from last season’s dreadful 21-61 record. Randle, the No. 7 overall pick last season, is being joined by the No. 2 pick from the 2015 NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell. It’s as if the Lakers had two top-7 draft picks this season, as Randle only participated in one game last season before his significant injury that caused him to miss his entire rookie season.
Los Angeles is also excited about finding a late-round talent in Jordan Clarkson, who performed admirably last season with all the injuries to the roster. Clarkson made the All-Rookie team and hopes to have a real impact on both defense and offense for an entire season.
With the preseason being a taste of what’s to come, all fans have their eye on the season opener at the end of the month. On October 28th, the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves — the one team that drafted before them in the most recent NBA Draft — and that affair sports an average ticket price of $281.31 and a get-in price of $67.