Lakers return for annual exhibition at Thomas & Mack Center

Las Vegas may never land an NBA franchise, but there’s no doubt that the city already has adopted the Los Angeles Lakers as its team of choice.

The Lakers played a playoff game here in 1992 because of rioting in Los Angeles; Lakers jerseys are abundant throughout local sports books during the postseason; and there’s even a Facebook page dedicated to Lakers fans who live in Vegas.

The two-time defending world champions will visit our city once again on Oct. 13, playing a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center for the fifth straight year.

Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol likely won’t play more than 25 minutes in the exhibition, but fans can expect to get extended looks at rookie forwards Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter as they attempt to make the final roster. And don’t forget the Laker Girls!

The Kings are led by guard Tyreke Evans, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year.

Tickets for the exhibition range from $10 to $110 and can be purchased at or the Thomas & Mack box office (739-3267).

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