It's no secret that this was supposed to be a down year for the Los Angeles Lakers. With Kobe Bryant likely out for at least the first month of the season and a retooled roster taking the court for Los Angeles, no one expected this team to rival the play or hype of years past.
And that lack of excitement in Hollywood has manifested itself in a streak-busting non-sellout. The Lakers did not sell out Staples Center for Tuesday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. It was the first time since Dec. 6, 2006, that the team failed to sell each of the 18,997 seats in the house. For those counting, the streak ended at 270 games. Including the playoffs that's a total of 320 games.
It wasn't hard to predict this day would come. With Bryant injured and Dwight Howard gone, the Lakers have significantly less star power than they did a year ago. But tickets remain expensive, and according to a Forbes report the only NBA teams with costlier entrance fees are the Heat and the Knicks.
Unlike with the Heat and the Bulls, the Lakers aren't the only team in town. And with the Los Angeles Clippers playing well, casual fans looking to watch exciting basketball have a tough call. Clippers tickets are cheaper, plus with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers boast more stars than the Lakers.
The Clippers, meanwhile, are expected to notch their 100th consecutive home sellout when they face the Grizzlies on Monday.
While impressive, the Lakers' streak wasn't anywhere close to a record. Between 1977 and 1995, the Portland Trail Blazers sold out 814 straight home games. The Dallas Mavericks own the NBA's longest active home sellout streak, having sold out all 477 games since Dec. 15, 2001.