It’s time for Lakers basketball!

Yes, the time that we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived for us Lakers fans after a very, very unusually long summer that ended with a win against the eventual NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, on April 16, 2014. The first of 8 preseason games gets underway tonight in San Diego and here is your guide for what to keep an eye on during the game.

1. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash

These two are coming off season ending injuries (Achilles, knee and nerve damage, back, respectively) and are fresh and ready to start the season strong. Look for these two to get about 12-15 minutes of playing time in order to get their legs under them and to get back into game shape after a hard week of practice and a long absence from the game.

Kobe and Steve have not played a game together since March 30, 2013, so it will be good to see these two basketball legends back on the court together.

2. The Newcomers

The Lakers have a new and revamped roster for the 2014-2015 NBA season featuring many acquisitions such as Jeremy Lin (traded by the Houston Rockets), Carlos Boozer (amnesty claim), Ed Davis (free agency), Julius Randle (seventh overall pick), Jordan Clarkson (46th overall pick) and Wayne Ellington (free agency), among others.

It will be good to see how the Lakers’ new faces perform for their new team. This will give us a little look on what to expect from them this upcoming season.

It will also be nice to see the rookies, Randle and Clarkson, get some experience against good NBA competition.

Additionally, it will be interesting to see how these new Lakers fit into their positions and whether the team’s hard first week of training camp has developed any real chemistry between the group.

It will surely be a focus of many Lakers fans to see how all their newly acquired players perform even if it is only the first game of the preseason.

3. Head Coach Byron Scott

After Mike D’Antoni resigned shortly after the season ended, the Lakers finally got the man they wanted at the helm later on in the summer and he’s already made it crystal clear what he expects from this bunch of players.

After a tough first week of training camp, it will be interesting to see the rotations head coach Byron Scott has in place. This is his chance to try various players at different positions and with different lineups before the real season starts at the end of the month. It’s going to be key for Byron Scott to keep the older guys fresh as well as this is only the start of a very long journey that is the NBA season.

How To Watch

The Lakers will face the Denver Nuggets tonight in San Diego, California at the Valley View Casino Center. Tip-off is set for at 7:00 pm Pacific Time and the game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and NBA TV.