The Los Angeles Lakers revealed their preseason schedule for the 2019-20 season on Thursday, and while they’ll play most of their games in the Golden State, they’ll make a pit stop outside of states.
Here’s the full schedule courtesy of the team:
First, the Lakers will open up the brand new Chase Center with a game against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 5. It will be the first professional basketball game played in San Francisco since 1971.
The Lakers-Warriors matchup is always a draw, but it will be especially intriguing next season because of the changes both teams are expected to make this summer. While the Lakers will be looking to add a star, the Warriors will likely lose one in Kevin Durant, who many expect will leave for the New York Knicks in free agency.
It could also be the first time fans get to see the Lakers’ No. 4 pick go up against elite NBA talent, assuming they don’t trade it on draft night. What better way to introduce Darius Garland to the NBA than to have him get lit up by Steph Curry?
Following that game, the Lakers will jump on a plane for a 13-hour flight to Shanghai, where they will play the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 10. The Lakers played a preseason game in Shanghai in 2013, which marked their first trip to China as a team.
From there, they’ll travel Shenzhen for another game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers will exclusively play the Warriors and Nets in their six preseason games.
Once they’ve wrapped things up in China, they’ll close out the season in California, with two games at Staples Center and one more game at the Chase Center. Unfortunately, the Lakers will not be playing at the Citizens Business Bank Arena or Honda Center this season.
As far as variety goes, this preseason doesn’t sound like it’s going to be all that exciting, but that could change if the Lakers land a big name player or two this summer.