by Marcel Mutoni
Next Tuesday, we’ll find out what the full NBA regular season schedule looks like. For the time being, the League is only letting us in on the key (read: National TV) games.
Here’s to hoping you enjoy watching Miami Heat basketball; they’re going to be on television quite a bit. Not exactly a shocker.
When it came time for the league honchos and TV big wigs to hash out which team would christen the NBA’s new campaign, there had to be just one question: Opponent? LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s debut as Miami teammates was really the only tip-off choice, and the Heat’s 2010-11 tour gets started against the squad they’re aiming for in the revved-up Eastern Conference. Count on the Boston Celtics gearing up for a rude welcome for the South Beach glamour boys in the first nationally-televised game of the season.
The Lakers begin their threepeat quest by breaking out their new rings in the nightcap at Staples Center against Houston. The last Tuesday night in October not only serves as the first official look at Bryant, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol and the rest of the champs, but it also marks the return of Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming for the first time since the 2009 playoffs. Yao is on track for healthy return to prominence — and Houston plans to do the same in the West — after missing last season recovering from foot surgery.
Want more Heat? You’re going to get plenty this season, including a juicy Christmas Day stopover in Hollywood to tangle with the Lakers on ABC. The five-game holiday extravaganza also includes an East finals rematch in Boston-Orlando and the We-Got-New-All-Star-Power-Forwards clash in Chicago-New York.
As Dwyane Wade recently did his best Drake impersonation, you can thank the Miami Heat now.