Play It Forward Oct. 24-30: Kobe Bryant ain’t walking through that door

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

So this is what life looks like without Kobe Bryant.
Too soon?
The Lakers’ 57th season in Los Angeles undergoes one of its largest Beverly Hills-suggested facelifts in many years, and we get our first look at the future when the Lakers face Houston in the NBA 2016-17 regular season opener Wednesday at Staples Center (7:30 p.m., ESPN). Former role player Luke Walton, just removed as one of the key assistants on the Golden State Warriors, was summoned back with his hard hat to help with a major reconstruction that was beyond Byron Scott’s expertise. Win twice as much as the franchise-low 17 games like last year, and it would be considered major progress.
Now, let’s flip the equation.
The Clippers, in their 32nd Los Angeles season, start the season in Portland, where last season it ended in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers have been to the post-season on schedule the last five straight years, three of them with Doc Rivers in charge.
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