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Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

NBA to Reveal 2011-2012 Schedule on Tuesday


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The League will inform the world of the scheduled games for next season tomorrow afternoon, a season that may not even happen. Time to get excited, everyone!

Despite the depressing reality of the lockout — with absolutely no telling how long it will last at this point — the NBA is ready to rev up the hype machine for the following season, whenever that may begin.

ESPN has the scoop:

Sources told ESPN.com that the schedule, as it stands, calls for the Mavericks to open the season Nov. 1 at home against the Chicago Bulls and raise their championship banner. But since the league imposed a lockout at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, owners and players have yet to even lock in a date to resume labor negotiations, with pessimism rising leaguewide about the season starting on time as the sides remain miles apart in their demands.

The NBA released its schedule two weeks later last summer — and in two installments — but that’s largely because the league was waiting for a slew of big-name free agents to land before finalizing things. Because of this summer’s lockout, there are no roster moves to wait on.

According to the Miami Herald, one of the big Christmas Day showdowns will be a re-match of the NBA Finals, as the Miami Heat will travel to Dallas to face the defending champion Mavericks.

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  • http://nba.com GP23

    Heat@Lakers opening night would be awesome.

  • Jer Boi

    Opening night doesn’t matter. Christmas day might not even matter with the lockout either.

  • matt the jazz fan

    but when does milwaukee play charlotte???

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Yawn!!!

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    I hate the “big” opening day matchups. Especially cross-conference games. They wreck the excitement for later in the season.
    I don’t want to see the Bulls vs. Mavericks on opening day. I’d much rather see a high-calibre game like that after the New Year – when teams have rhythm, flow and real chemistry.

  • dma

    At this point I just want to watch basketball.

  • sam

    Christmas Day:
    Heat @ Mavs
    Lakers @ Celtics
    Bulls @ Magic
    Thunder @ Grizzlies

  • bigE23

    I dont care who plays when,,, I just hope opening day does happen, and theres basketball to watch

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Well, if there is no NBA, I guess there will be more overseas bets for me…

  • MLK4Life

    Bulls vs. Knicks
    Heat vs. Mavs
    Celtics vs. Lakers
    Clippers vs. Thunder

    If there is a season, that should be the slate of games. Gotta have Blake Griffin on Christmas Day.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Opening day: no game.
    Christmas day: no game.

    That is your schedule. Adjust your lives accordingly. lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’d love Knicks at Celtics for XMAS.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Awkward…

  • Heals

    @Moose, yup. I get the whole positive publicity angle and it might change the conversation for a minute or two, but this is a cheesy move. I might be riding my high horse here, but it seems kinda insulting to people who have a basic understanding of the issues at hand…

  • Fat Lever

    They might as well put a “TBD” on the ’11-’12 season.

  • http://m&m nhelly

    LA vs NY christmas day

  • http://m&m nhelly

    opening night
    MAVS VS LA
    MIA VS CAVS
    MIN VS THUNDER
    BOS VS NY
    CLIPPERS VS MEM

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Who would you root for IAMORANGE/GREEN4EVA?

  • kT_21

    KINGS@LAKERS = CALIFORNIA WARS THE RIVALS IS BACK,,,,
    MAVS@MEMPHIS= RANDOLPH VS DIRK SHOW,,,
    MIAMI@CAVALIERS = THE QUITTER,, IS BACK AGAIN,,,IN PROMISE LAND
    MAGIC@CLIPPERS = SUPERMAN VS BLAKE SHOW,,,;D
    OKLAHOMA@BULLS = THE MVP VS THE LEADING SCORER,,,
    CELTICS@SPURS = THE OLD BIG THREE OF SPURS VS THE OLD BIG THREE OF CELTICS,,,

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    To be honest, I don’t even pay much attention to anything before Christmas anyway. The teams are still ironing out kinks, the play is sloppy, and everyone is speculating about things still. I want to see marquee matchups on Christmas, through April with some garbage games in the middle for the dog days of March.
    I find it kind of funny that the league is just gonna release a schedule, but I guess they have to for financial reasons.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/nhl Yea?

    HA! Releasing a schedule during a lockout. Way to get our hopes up NBA

  • slamfan4life

    NBA GONNA FIX THIS ISHH

  • Hambone

    Just watch NCAA where they just play for the love of the game…..right?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    CAN’T WAIT for the next Christmas game for my Knickerbockers.

  • LP

    opening day:
    Open vs. Open
    Open vs. Open
    and for the finally….
    Besiktas vs. Anadolu Efes, showcasing the Deron Williams vs. Sasha Vujacic Matchup…

  • Yesse

    Agreed with LP and hey, what if Kobe is in Besiktas as well?

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