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Just Like Old Times, Without the Short Shorts

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    Just Like Old Times, Without the Short Shorts
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    "I don't care what anybody says Magic, I'll never stop wearing these shorts."

    The last time the Lakers played in the Forum the roster had names like Brian Shaw, Rick Fox, and A.C. Green.

    The team suffered a 112-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns in an exhibition game on Oct. 22, 1999,  shortly before their move to their current home, Staples Center.

    Now comes an opportunity for the Lakers to leave the Forum on a high note -- or maybe just celebrate some milestone.

    On Wednesday, tickets went on sale for the Lakers first game at the Forum since that defeat. Of course, four NBA titles since 1999 and the six they won at the Forum probably eased the sting.

    Tickets for the Oct. 9 exhibition game against the Golden State Warriors are priced at $13, $24,  $34, $40, $58, $85.50, $103 and $133.

    Jeanie Buss, the Lakers executive vice president of business operations, said the game is part of the team's celebration of 50 year of basketball.

    The Forum was built by the late Jack Kent Cooke, the Lakers' second  owner in Los Angeles, following a dispute with the Los Angeles Memorial  Coliseum Commission over ownership of Los Angeles' National Hockey League  expansion team.

    The Lakers made their debut at the Forum on Dec. 31, 1967, with a 147- 118 victory over the San Diego Rockets.

    The Forum is now owned by Faithful Central Bible Church. It is used for  concerts and filming of movies and commercials. 

    Although most of the 1999-2000 roster's names have been cast into Lakers' history, it also included some Kobe Bryant guy and a promising third-year guard from Arkanasas-Little Rock named Derek Fisher.