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by August 01, 2006
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by Lang Whitaker

So I’m here in………

Vegas! That’s right, I’m out in Sin City (acting as wingman to former SLAMonliner and current SI.commer Arash Markazi) and attending the USA Basketball practices and games. In fact, I’ve gotta roll in a minute to get over to tonight’s scrimmage between Team USA and Puerto Rico (ho-oh!). I’ll have notes on that stuff later.

One thing I got worth noticing is the TNT broadcast schedule for next season. Here’s a list of each NBA team and how often they’ll be on TNT next season. There’s some weird stuff in here:
Atlanta — 0
Boston — 0
Charlotte — 1
Chicago — 9
Cleveland — 9
Dallas — 9
Denver — 5
Detroit — 6
Golden State — 2
Houston — 3
Indiana — 2
L.A. Clippers — 5
L.A. Lakers — 9
Memphis — 1
Miami — 9
Milwaukee — 0
Minnesota — 0
New Jersey — 5
New Orleans — 2
New York — 0
Orlando — 2
Philadelphia — 0
Phoenix — 9
Portland — 0
Sacramento — 6
San Antonio — 6
Seattle — 2
Toronto — 0
Utah — 1
Washington — 1

Looks like they let Sager pick the schedule.

No Sixers games? And if AI gets traded to the Celts, no Boston games?

No KG? No Randy Foye?
No possible Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy and Portland?
No new and improved Toronto Raptors?

The greatest thing is that there’s no Knicks games at all. But there’s two Seattle games, a Bobcats game and nine(!) Chicago Bulls games, which should be a lot of fun to watch as both teams struggle to top 60 points.

What’s surprising to you guys?