The NBA Schedule for the 2014-15 season has officially been released. I disagree with opening night and the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are on National TV 28 times.
I already wrote a blog making guesses about the schedule. I was wrong about opening night. I thought they would open the season with LeBron like they have done for the past seven seasons. I threw out the idea of having either the Clippers play the Thunder or the Thunder play the Spurs.
I have no problem with the season opening up with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks. They had a good first round series and the Spurs deserve this. In the 2nd game we get to see the Rockets visit the Lakers. It will be another return for Kobe Bryant who only played in six games last year.
I got two games correct for Christmas day, LeBron and the Cavs will be headed to South Beach and the Lakers will head to Chicago to face Pau Gasol and the Bulls. I was off on the other two games of the night which will include a very good matchup of the Knicks and Wizards. We also get to see the Clippers and Warriors continue their rivalry.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls all have at least 30 games on National Tv this season. The Cleveland Cavaliers (29) and Los Angeles Lakers (28) round out the top 5 teams on National Tv. The defending champs will be on National TV 25 times and the Miami Heat will still be on Tv 20 times. The bottom of the league; Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks will be on TV only two times.
It is disappointing that the Washington Wizards will only be on TV 15 times and the Charlotte Hornets will only be on 7 times.
I’m more excited about the NBA extending the All-Star break. I believe the NBA has the best All-Star events but it was not a real break for the players that participate in the events. In the past the last game before break would be played on Thursday and then teams would play again on Tuesday.
There are so many events that take place during the All-Star break. Aside from the parties and All-Star activities that happen at night, players take time out to visit hospitals and participate in NBA Cares events. A guy like Damian Lillard did not have a real break because not only did he have personal commitments over the weekend, he also participated in events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The NBA season is a grind and the extended break benefits all players, especially those who participate in All-Star weekend. The last game before break will be on Thursday, February 12th and teams won’t play again until Thursday, February 19th.They were asking for a longer break and Adam Silver delivered.
This is a great move even though it means there will be more back-to-backs during the year. This is a real All-Star break that the players really deserve.