BEIJING -- The
It's in the Chinese capital, though, the first step of the Lakers'
The time change is 15 hours, their charter flight out of
Immediately after that, they'll head to the Great Wall for some culture and plenty of photo ops, akin to their team visit to the Tower Bridge in London three years ago, the Lakers' last trip outside the U.S.
They'll eventually play a game Tuesday against
Then they'll return home and be a little more than a week away from the start of the real games, Oct. 29 against the