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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives between Antoine Wright #3 (L) and Carl Landry #24 of the Sacramento Kings.
Fresh off their 2nd consecutive NBA championship, the Lakers open the NBA season tonight looking for a repeat three-peat next June. In August, Lakers owner Jerry Buss said that this might be his most talented squad yet. But power has been redistributed in the East. How hot will the talent-overloaded Heat be? Can the aging Celtics hang with the elite teams in the league? Overshadowing the on-court action will be possible impending labor issues. How will the Lakers fare this season? The competitive talent in the NBA has never been better, but can the NBA resolve their financial situation?
Mark Heisler, sports writer for the Los Angeles Times who covers the NBA, and author of Madmen's Ball: The Inside Story of the Lakers Dysfunctional Dynasties