Los Angeles Lakers 5 Takeaways from the Lakers First NBA Game in 2011

Magic Johnson answered his own question during halftime of the Lakers-Bulls opening day battle from Staples Center that was aired on ESPN.  “Can the Lakers get a championship from this team?  No way.”

The new-look Lakers gave an inspiring performance in their 88-87 loss to the Bulls Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.  The fact that they couldn’t hold onto an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter and missed big free throws that would have clinched the game were the biggest disappointments in an otherwise solid season opener for the Purple and Gold.