HANG TIME, Texas — It’s the middle of summer when the temperature is already hot. But nothing gets the blood boiling in anticipation of hoops like the unveiling of next season’s schedule.
Back in his playing days, Magic Johnson used to say the first thing he did was search for the dates when his Lakers would face Larry Bird and the Celtics and then he’d circle them on his calendar.
Nothing’s changed over the years. When will the champion Heat and the Thunder square off for the first time since meeting in The Finals? When will Ray Allen go up against his former Celtics teammates for the first time? When will Steve Nash make his debut in Phoenix wearing the uniform of the hated rival Lakers?
NBA TV’s NBA 2012-13 Schedule Release Special will exclusively announce the 2012-13 NBA regular season schedule on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The one-hour show will highlight the season’s most-anticipated games including those scheduled for Kia NBA Tip-Off ’12 (the opening week of the season), Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Day. Those matchups and many other marquee games and top story lines for the upcoming season.