Preseason Preview: Lakers set to begin 2017-18 campaign hosting Minnesota Timberwolves

Magic Johnson shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers new General Manager Rob Pelinka. El Segundo, CA 3/10/2017. Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News (SCNG)

The day has finally come, Lakers fans.

Their most anticipated season in recent memory, the Lakers are set to debut their 2017-18 campaign in a pre-season matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Anaheim Honda Center.

Los Angeles, which has been riding on a frenzied wave of excitement with fans and organizational leaders alike, will have a great opportunity to keep the positive momentum going against a strong Timberwolves team that had a remarkable off-season of its own.

Minnesota, who comes into the new season with the new acquisitions of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Aaron Brooks, who already had stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, present a formidable first opponent for a Laker team that looks to improve on a putrid 30th-ranked defensive rating from last season.

The matchup will also give a local Laker fanbase a first-hand opportunity to see the highly-touted new Laker, Lonzo Ball, playing in his first official game as a Laker after being drafted this last June in the 2017 NBA Draft.

For what’s been an offseason fueled by incredible enthusiasm and excitement – be it by the drafting of Lonzo Ball, winning the 2017 summer league championship, or cutting the ribbon to the Lakers new state-of-the-art training facility – it’s no surprise that the current state of the team sits in a much better place when put into perspective with previous off-seasons.

And with the 2018 NBA All-Star game set to make a return to Los Angeles next February as well, the electricity around this team and the city is sure to continue its merry-go-round.

Catch the pre-season opener live at 7:00 PST tonight on Spectrum SportsNet, NBA TV, and ESPN LA 710.

Author: Erick Camacho

24-year-old student with an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism, and now currently attending CSUSB in pursuit of his BA in Communications, with an emphasis in Media Studies. Lakers fanatic since 09'. Writing Lakers for Lakerholicz in 12', LakersOutsiders since August 2016. Owner of D'Angelo Russell autographed jersey. Kobe Bryant Enthusiast. Sony Alpha Photographer. Talk to me - @LakerResurgency

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