If you wanted a preview of what the NBA is going to be like over the next few years, consider Tuesday’s schedule release.
Not only is the league breaking protocol by announcing it in pieces, putting together a fun little made-for-TV party on NBA TV later tonight, it’s doing so to allow the Miami Heat the brightest spot on stage.
On opening night, Oct. 26, the Miami Thrice/Superfriends’ Big 3 squares off against Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, known in bad nickname land as the Boston Three Party. Philadelphia rookie Evan Turner will get his first dose of Dwyane Wade the next night in what’s sure to be a sellout at the newly renamed Wells Fargo Center, while Heat fans will get to watch their newest prizes in a meaningful home game on Oct. 29 against in-state rival Orlando.
Consider a slight of the Magic, which had been privately expecting to open their brand-new Amway Center at home against the Heat, perhaps being able to send a message that they don’t plan on rolling over and surrendering control of the Southeast Division, much less the Eastern Conference. Instead, they’ll have to make that statement on the road, two nights after opening their new building against another divisional rival, Gilbert Arenas-led Washington. Some kid named John Wall has a decent shot at being the first player to score in downtown Orlando’s newest addition.
As most everyone anticipated, the NBA’s Christmas present to the viewing public will indeed be Heat-Lakers, while New York will be back in the holiday spotlight, hosting the Bulls, according to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola.
The Knicks get their first chance to boo LeBron James on Dec. 17, while the the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the last of the Heat’s two visits to Cleveland will be March 29.
The entire schedule will be released on Aug. 10.
Source: NBA / ProBasketball