The NBA released its schedule for the 2016-17 season on Thursday, and for the second season in a row the Lakers and Clippers will play each other on Christmas night, this time with the Lakers as the home team.
The Lakers have played on Christmas every year since 1999.
The Lakers, their No. 2-overall pick Brandon Ingram and new Coach Luke Walton will open the season at home against Houston on Oct. 26.
This will be the first time in 21 seasons that Kobe Bryant won’t be on the Lakers’ roster.
The Lakers will be doing a lot of traveling to start the season, with 20 of their first 33 games on the road.
Meanwhile, the Clippers open the season Oct. 27 in...