Finally – Lakers basketball is back!

On Monday, the purple and gold will take to the court for the first time since April when they face the Denver Nuggets down in San Diego.

Obviously, the biggest storyline going into this game will be how Kobe Bryant looks, though there are other intriguing players to keep an eye on, too.

From Steve Nash, who, like Bryant, is trying to make a successful comeback from various injuries, to intriguing rookies in Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, there will be plenty of guys to keep an eye on during the Lakers’ first preseason game.

However, the question still remains of who will start the game for the purple and gold.

While Byron Scott declined to confirm his full starting five on Sunday – as long as they’re healthy, Bryant and Nash are locks to start right now – Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times shared a tidbit on Twitter, saying the team have officially set their “probable starters” for Monday as Nash, Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill:

[tweet https://twitter.com/EricPincus/status/518277063573127168]

If this is indeed the five that starts, it wouldn’t be all that surprising. For months, many have speculated that those five guys would be the starters at the beginning of the season, though there will obviously be opportunities for other players to impress Scott along the way and force themselves into the starting five, too.

The Lakers are set to face the Nuggets at 7:00 pm Pacific Time. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and NBA TV.

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