Lakers offer little in opener

With expectations high, L.A. plays some ugly ball, and it results in a loss to Dallas

Updated: October 31, 2012, 9:26 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers know how to do nights like this. Even on the fly, even when everything around them devolves into a circus, the show always goes on here.

The plans for opening night of the 2012-2013 season have been in the works since mid-August when general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss pulled off blockbuster trades for point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard.

Music was in order. Streamers, customized T-shirts, ...

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