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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 7:10 pm  |  34 responses

Live Blog: ’11-12 Opening Night

SLAM’s E-i-C has a front-row seat as the long-awaited season gets underway.

by Ben Osborne / @bosborne17

Greetings from Dallas! SLAM’s travel budget isn’t what it used to be, but for big things we can still break out the plastic. And what’s bigger than opening night? The reigning MVP against the defending champs?

HUGE.

Rock with me all night as we celebrate the new season in style!

I got to town a couple hours ago but have only been at my hotel. I’ll be heading to the arena soon…

Pulling up to AA Center. Not the excitement I would have expected. It’s a gorgeous evening in Dallas and I know people here are still getting over the World Series loss, but I still expected a little more activity around the arena right now. Tip-off is in like 45 minutes!

Umm, media entrance is locked. WTF?!?

WTF indeed…

Obviously this gag has a limited amount of jokes.

But we did think it was worth getting something up, reminding you all of what should have been probably the biggest event in the day for most of us today.

Not to overstate things, but we feel just like you guys do: sad, hurt, angry, confused (times a lot, actually, since our livelihoods sort of depend on a healthy NBA). Instead of watching Derrick go at Dirk, we’re reading inane columns that continue a pattern throughout this lockout of every encouraging sign being met by five discouraging ones.

If you’re sitting at your computer, wishing it was streaming some basketball instead of giving you a static picture of the Mavs’ empty arena, feel free to vent below…

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    YES! RING NIGHT!
    Let’s go Bulls!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Enigmatic is so great.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Miami Heat won the title in ’06.
    Opening night of ’06-’07, after getting their rings they faced the Chicago Bulls.
    Y’all remember how that went down?
    Slaughter in the D; 108-66 Chicago.
    I BEEN telling cats for a MINUTE Bulls are gonna ruin a champs’ night again!
    Am I right, fellow Bulls fans?
    …right???…….. :(

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *Miami, not the D.
    What the duck?

  • Seven Duece

    Look at lil Barea going right at Boozer!

  • http://www.michaelstarghill.com/ Michael Starghill

    i know young basketball players all over the world are asking why there isn’t any basketball on tv. and when they hear the answer that they are not playing because of money all i can do is lose hope for the love of the game. this should of been settled but instead we decide to show the world that we need to argue about money. i know there needs to be a fair share of money and owners but what happened to playing for the love of the game

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Well said in a funny way, Seven Duece. Well said in a sad way, Michael. (Haven’t given up hopes to run that KD pic, btw!)

  • http://I'montwitter Slay Jones

    I think its BS that Baseball is over, Football is Thurs-Mon & there’s no NBA. Dan Gilbert 9or whoever the Cavs owner is) should suck it up & move on. He got on cavs.com bad mouthing LeBron, saying the Cavs would win a title before Miami. Well…. stop the lockout & play ball. NBA Owners were stupid for letting a bitter person speak. OAN: I was looking for to seeing Melo with Amare for a full season (Billups wil get traded). I was looking forward to seeing how Mike Brown would use Kobe. I was wanting Danny Ainge to admit trading Perk was a mistake. I looked forward to th 2011-2012 season. BA Owners & Players is 51-49 good enough? Better than 52-48

  • Asa

    So if the lockout continues when will the Mavs get their Rings? END The Lockout already I don’t want to subscribe to the Euro League to watch Pro BBall…

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba

    I could have used some basketball tonight. I’m stuck watching old ring ceremonies on YouTube…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I literally have to watch Real Houswives now. Is venting even necessary? I’ll just say my customary disappointment comment instead — smh

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Yeah, I went through phases with NBATV the last few months. Ignored it, then actually got suckered in with some of the classic Playoff games and series they were showing, and now I’m totally over it again. College basketball isn’t the same as the NBA, but on some nights its pretty damn entertaining. I feel like the NBA would be smart to settle before college picks up in earnest in 10 days. (and yes, I know, if the NBA was smart the lockout would have ended on day two).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jake Appleman

    I haven’t shaved in five weeks. See DeShawn, I can’t feel my face either. Wait, DeShawn? Where’d you go? DeShawn? DeShawn? DESHAWN, ANSWER ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba

    @Jake, hahahaha

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This is some bull! *bernie mac voice*. I could be watching Rose destroy whatever calcium was left in Kidd’s ankles, Dirk drop half a century on Carlos “Ole” Boozer, KD trying out his new found handles on Ron Ron, Westbrook taking more shots than KD and Kobe’s jaw jut instead I’m a slim cat forced to watch the biggest loser.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @JTaylor21: I feel you. @ Jake: But you have Levante to cover!

  • JEr dawg

    Damn Time Warner took the local Lakers telecast away! I hate Time Warner and the Los Angeles Lakers! I can only watch highlights or check in live game logs! I’m glad EsPN still has opening night games! Boo! Dallas sucks! I hope they flame out in 1st round this year! Championship hangover! LeBron looking strong tonight! But we hate Miami!
    So glad lockout is over! I miss cheering against teams!
    (Alarm rings) oh, It was just a dream. The lockout continues….

  • http://www.kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    As a resident of Dallas I’m fairly surprised that Mark Cuban hasn’t raised a giant championship banner on the Bank of America building in downtown. You know he must be fuming. The Mavs don’t lose money. They spend it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jake Appleman

    @Ben True. But I still can’t feel my face.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @LDR4: I couldn’t agree more. Cuban is being denied his well-earned moment in the sun with this team. I’m pretty amazed he hasn’t gone public and blasted some other owners, sort of in the way Micky Arison did. I guess he’s growing up in public but he must be hurting inside tonight.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman
  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Adam: Ha!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    That vid was YouTube gold, Adam!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Leaving office. *sigh* Man I wish I was at Bulls-Mavs in Dallas!

  • MikeC.

    I’m so glad I abused my power as “The One Who Makes The Schedule At Work” so I could be off tonight. I love opening night. The energy, the excitement, the feeling that any team can pull it off this year if they stay healthy. I bought some frosty brews, ordered wings and pizza. I’m so jacked up! Oh yeah…..f#ck.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Kirilenko just got named the october MVP in the Euroleague.
    The worst part of that honor is not that Andrei (who’s a beast in Moscow this season) got chosen, but that the Euroleague just played 2 games so far. Two.
    And i thought Nba awards were shady.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    SMH

  • http://twitter.com/#!/MichaelJR_NZ Michael NZ

    Like Russ said on twitter: DEAL or STFU

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Who’s writing the Post Up this morning?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Eboy Fig did it. Sigh.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t even notice it was missing, to be honest.
    Got off work, went to church, got home. Dealt with my sick kid, put him and his brother to bed. Ate dinner and watched “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” on HBO. It was a cool night actually.

  • golakeshow

    WTF ARE YOU LIVE BLOGGING ABOUT. THIS MIGHT AS WELL BE ABOUT SHAQ ON THE TOILET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAPLES CENTER TAKING A CRAP WHILE KOBE THROWS POPCORN AT HIM.

  • golakeshow

    WTF ARE YOU LIVE BLOGGING ABOUT. THIS MIGHT AS WELL BE ABOUT SHAQ ON THE TOILET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAPLES CENTER TAKING A CRAP WHILE KOBE THROWS POPCORN AT HIM.

  • golakeshow

    WTF ARE YOU LIVE BLOGGING ABOUT. THIS MIGHT AS WELL BE ABOUT SHAQ ON THE TOILET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAPLES CENTER TAKING A CRAP WHILE KOBE THROWS POPCORN AT HIM.

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