When Kobe won his last ring in 2010, he probably assumed he might get one more and have as much as Michael Jordan. Flash forward four years, and he is far away from contending for a championship as ever. The Lakers are at least two years away from having any chance for a playoff spot, let alone championship chance. Hardly anyone could envision Kobe trying to drag a weak team in his last years as a Laker. But the reality is the Lakers are the lottery team, with no shot of improving in the short future. Kobe, for his part, does everything that he can, and the home games for the Lakers are still one of the most entertaining in the league and an actual show.
In the 2015 regular season the Lakers are still in the top ten attendance wise for games at the Staples Center but have actually fallen below the Los Angeles Clippers who are ranked 9th with an average of 19,147 per game while the Lakers are averaging 18,956 (99.5%) per game according to ESPN which is actually a little bit down from their 2013 season of 18,997 average. On the road, the Lakers are ranked 6th in the NBA with an average of 18,197 (95.2%) as fans come out to see Kobe Bryant.
Since their high of an average of $187.00 per ticket in the 2013 season Lakers ticket prices although on the uptick in 2015, average ticket prices are still down 33% to $125.00 per ticket and over the past week the average Lakers ticket price is $98.00 per ticket on the secondary market.
“Tickets are just like the stock market” according to Chris Cabrera the CDO of Barry’s Tickets “prices can vary almost by the minute depending on inventory as well as storylines going on with teams and players at any given time.” When Lebron announced a leave of absence Cavaliers, average ticket prices vs the Lakers and Clippers dropped by as much as 13% right off the bat while other games such as the Orlando Magic last night ended up about 12% higher on average. If the Knicks were playing well, the return of Derek Fisher, Carmelo Anthony and even just the hint of Phil Jackson would make the Lakers vs Knicks a hot game but because of their play this season prices are down a reasonable $10% on that
Heat @ Lakers Staples Center, January 13th
Starting price $46 | Average price $160
With all the talk of Kobe versus Lebron, fans forget how memorable the duels between Kobe and Wade are. For long they were considered the two best shooting guards in the league. There are new kids in town, but Kobe and Wade are still premium players that are no strangers to direct duels. Best of all, both are true competitors and love to go against each other. Fans might remember the All-Star game in which Wade tackled Kobe under the basket. That play is the true picture of the competitiveness between the two. View Lakers vs Heat tickets for the Staples Center.
Cavaliers @ Lakers Staples Center, January 15th
Starting price $100 | Average price $129
Rumours are, Lebron James will be ready to go in this game. There will be few chances left for fans to see Kobe versus Lebron in person, and in one of the most famous arenas in the NBA, the Staples Center. This will also be the first duel between the new look Cavs and the Lakers. View Lakers vs Cavaliers tickets for the Staples Center.
Celtics @ Lakers, Staples Center, February 22nd
Starting price $40, Average price $137
The duel between the two of the most successful franchises in league history is always entertaining, no matter who is on the floor. The teams played in Boston this season, but their duel in the Staples Center is even a bigger show.View Lakers vs Celtics tickets for the Staples Center.
Clippers @ Lakers Staples Center, April 5th
Starting price $50 | Average price $150
The Clippers spanked the Lakers two times this season. It was long ago since the Clippers swept the season series with the Lakers. The teams will play home, and the home game on April 5th and 7th, and the Lakers are the hosts for the first one. That game might be the best chance the Lakers have to get a win versus their city rival.View Lakers vs Clippers tickets for the Staples Center.
Kings @ Lakers Staples Center, April 15th
Starting price $23 | Average price $80
This is the last game of the season for the Lakers, and they would love to say goodbye to the lowly season with a win. The Lakers hopes for improvement lie in the draft, and in free agency in the summer of 2016. This season will go down as one of the worst in franchise history, but the team will have a chance to say a proper goodbye and versus an old rival nevertheless.View Lakers vs Kings tickets for the Staples Center.
Although currently the Lakers are 6-13 on the road the demand to see Kobe Byant has heated some secondary ticket prices in other markets.
Lakers @ Warriors March 16th Oracle Arena
Starting Price $84 | Average Price $170 (up 21%)
Kobe against Stephen Curry and his 22.9 points per game average as well as Golden State being one of the hottest teams in the NBA and this game being so close to playoffs has driven Warriors vs Lakers ticket prices up 13% from last season to average of $170.00 per ticket which is 21.42% higher than the current Warriors Opening Day Ticket price average of $140.00 per ticket.
Lakers @ Trail Blazers Feb 11th Moda Center
Starting Price $43.00 | Average Price $105.00 (up 50%)
Portland Trail Blazers super star LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in points per game with 23.1 as well as rebounds at 10.7 a game their other star Damian Lillard quietly is averaging 22.1 per game, 6.3 assists per game and 1.4 steals. It’s basically a two on between Lillard Aldridge vs Kobe. The Trail Blazers vs Lakers ticket prices for this game are 50% above the Trail Blazers current average ticket price of $70.00 per ticket.
Lakers @ 76ers March 30th Wells Fargo Center
Starting price $24.00 | Average Price $92.00 (up 84%)
When the Lakers roll into the Wells Fargo Center on March 30th the game will mean absolutely nothing as far as playoff implications as both teams together currently equal 18 wins and 54 losses. Tony Wroten is the 76ers leading point scorer with 17 ppg while rookie Nerlens Noel is pulling down seven boards a game. The Sixers are ranked 28th in attendance for home games with only the Pistons and Timberwolves averaging less and 76ers ticket prices averaging $50.00 per ticket but with Kobe Bryant coming into town 76ers vs Lakers tickets jump 84% to $92.00 per ticket on the secondary market.