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EL SEGUNDO, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Kobe Bryant #24 laughs during Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at Toyota Sports Center on December 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - DECEMBER 11: Kobe Bryant #24 laughs during Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at Toyota Sports Center on December 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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First off, a tremendously Merry Christmas to all those who are celebrating it. We know you have a choice in web sites and we're beyond thrilled you've decided to spend a little of your holiday with us.

Whether you're celebrating Christmas or not, HAPPY OPENING DAY. The Los Angeles Lakers are back. We weren't sure when we'd see them again, but here they are, at the starting blocks of what promises to be a weird and exhilarating 66-game sprint.

For our new commenters (and as a gentle reminder to the OG's among you), note that our live game threads come with a few special rules. Please take a moment to read them. They're not long.

With that out of the way, it's the return of the SS&R Drinking Game! Ladle out some more eggnog whenever someone mentions:

  • Kobe's wrist,
  • Ron Artest's name change,
  • The Lamar Odom trade,
  • Dwight Howard, or
  • The Clippers.

Let's build a moat, shall we? I understand there's money to protect.