The 2015-2016 Los Angeles Lakers schedule has just been released. The Lakers are coming off their worst season in franchise history, but the 16-time champions are still a big draw. Most people will be focusing on the final year of future hall of famer Kobe Bryant, will this be his last year with the LA Lakers? The star guard, who turns 37 later this month, will be entering his 20th season with the Lakers, and it’s also his last year under contract with the team, during which he’ll be paid a league-high $25 million.

Video below shows the young Lakers that will be asked to play at a high level if the Lakers want to make the playoffs this year

Last season the Lakers suffered through yet another miserable season that saw injuries derail the campaigns of not only one Kobe Bryant, but also rookie Julius Randle, who was taken out for the year during the first game of last season. Both of them are expected back and healthy this year, plus with their lottery pick in the NBA Draft they selected dynamic point guard D’Angelo Russell out of Ohio State. Should Russell pan out the way they want him to and should Bryant and Randle stay healthy, there are some pretty big expectations for this squad.

With that said, what could be Bryant’s final NBA season begins Oct. 28, when the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, a matchup of the 2015 draft’s No. 1 overall pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, and No. 2 overall pick, D’Angelo Russell.

2015-16 will be a critical year for the Lakers, as if that isn’t the case every season. However, with their current playoff drought they’re dealing with, each year the pressure is turned on more and more. Each year that passes and the Lakers aren’t among the elite, the heat from the fans turns up further.

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