Plenty To Look Forward To With Release Of 2012-13 Schedule





HANG TIME,  New Jersey – With The Finals, the Draft and most of free agency in the rearview mirror, it’s really time to start getting ready for the 2012-13 NBA season, a return to the standard 82-game schedule.

That schedule, all 1230 games, was revealed Thursday on NBA TV.  And, of course, it gets started with a ceremony on Biscayne Bay.

LeBron James will get his ring and the Miami Heat will raise their second championship banner on Tuesday, Oct. 30, on TNT. Then, they’ll open the 2012-13 season by hosting the Boston Celtics, the team that had them down 3-2 in the conference semifinals this past June. This was already a fierce rivalry, and it will only get more interesting with Ray Allen‘s defection to South Beach.

After Celtics-Heat, Dirk Nowitzki and the new-look Dallas Mavericks will visit best buddy Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers, our first chance to see how Kobe Bryant‘s game is affected by Nash’s point guard skills. So TNT’s opening night double-header will include the four teams who’ve won the last five NBA championships.

Top four picks Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters will also make their debuts on opening night in Cleveland. So make sure you’ve got your League Pass hooked up by then.

There are two NBA TV games on Halloween, and that will be our first regular-season look at several other rookies, and many of them have very interesting matchups in their first real NBA action.

No. 1 pick Anthony Davis will face Tim Duncan, while Jonas Valanciunas will make his long-awaited NBA debut against All-Star Roy Hibbert. No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson visits Carlos Boozer and the Bulls, and Summer League MVP Damian Lillard hosts Nash and the Lakers.

Thursday, Nov. 1, brings another big debut, that of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. And what better way to christen the building than with a visit from the team from the other side of the bridge. Knicks-Nets has a chance to become a real rivalry now, and appropriately, the two teams tip off their 2012-13 season against each other on TNT. That game will be followed by a Western Conference Finals rematch, Thunder and Spurs in San Antonio.

ESPN gets into the action on Friday, Nov. 2, with another great double-header. First, the Heat visit New York to meet Melo and the Knicks. Then we get the latest edition of a bitter rivalry between the Clippers and Lakers.

Christmas schedule

AWAY HOME ET LOCAL TV
Boston Brooklyn 12:00 PM 12:00 PM ESPN
New York L.A. Lakers 3:00 PM 12:00 PM ABC
Oklahoma City Miami 5:30 PM 5:30 PM ABC
Houston Chicago 8:00 PM 7:00 PM ESPN
Denver L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM 7:30 PM ESPN

After opening night, the biggest day on the NBA schedule is Christmas. And the league has five more games for us to enjoy after opening our gifts.

Brooklyn hosts its first ever Christmas Day game as the Celtics (always the road on the holiday) visit their new Atlantic Division challenger on ESPN. Then, ABC has a double-header of Knicks-Lakers and Thunder-Heat, the first Finals rematch of the season. And to conclude the five-game slate, we go back to ESPN for Rockets-Bulls and Nuggets-Clippers.

Martin Luther King Day brings us some more afternoon basketball and a solid trio of inter-conference games on national TV. First, we get the Pacers and Grizzlies from Memphis on ESPN. Then, a TNT double-header, with the Spurs visiting Philly and the Lakers invading Chicago.

There are plenty of other games of note, like Allen’s initial return to Boston on Jan. 27 (ABC), Nash’s first game in Phoenix as a Laker on Jan. 30 (ESPN), and Carmelo Anthony‘s long-awaited return to Denver on March 13 (ESPN).

Now, if only we can fast forward to Oct. 30 and get started right away.

46 Comments

  1. MIAMI HEAT FANATIC says:

    I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CHANGES THE MIAMI HEAT MADE WITH ADDING THE TWO NEW PLAYERS RAY ALLEN AND RASHAD LEWIS TO THE HEAT! WE WILL BE DEFENDING ON OUR CHAMPIONSHIP SO ALL HEAT FANS AND HEAT HATERS HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS BECAUSE THIS RIDE IS GOING TO BE ONE NO ONE WILL FORGET. I KNOW WE WILL HAVE MANY MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS TO CELEBRATE THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!!!!!!! JAMES, WADE, BOSH, CHALMERS, ALLEN, LEWIS, HASLEM, COLE, ANTHONY, AND ALL THE OTHER HEAT PLAYERS LET’S GET IT!!!!!!!!

  2. NBAGUY says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the next season. Maybe the Miami Heat will actually get first place in the conference this year, instead of being second place to a team that has ONE superstar! I hope the Lakers get to play the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs and, the Thunder in the Conf. Finals! I hope the Timberwolves make it to the playoffs too!
    But still, go LAKERS!

    • BullsFan says:

      Woah whats with that comment, “instead of being second place to a team that has ONE superstar.” We bulls fans are proud that we finally made it to the top of the NBA. When rose went down, the future of the team didn’t look good. As of right now, it still doesn’t. But when rose gets back in a year or 2, and unfortunately I’ll be in college by then, we will be better than ever. I promise you that my friend. We need to get our roster up to par too. After brewer, korver, watson, and asik left, we definitely need a better team now. I will certainly miss Stacey King saying, “Gimme the hot sauce Kyle Korver!” Miami has gotten a lot better but one day the Bulls will take them off of their pedestal.

      • Daniel G says:

        i think the bulls are waiting till next year when they can actuallly trade boozer and when derrick proves everyone wrongand coming back strong in March. Im sure well get another superstar to pair up with rose(besides Deng of course). thats what theyre waiting on so hopefully they dont dissapoint us Madhouse on Madison Fans.Bulls#1

  3. hector says:

    even if howard goes to the lakers kobe’s EGO is bigger then his team mates and nash will bring good things to the lakers but even though thunder will beat them in cnference finals or semi final ether way i think you should not forget howard EGO too i ve seen dificult trades but come onnn this guy is the best center in the nba right now including bynum he s very good too buttt my ersonal opinion i m a heat fan since 05′ and im a NBA fan since 89′ the lakers don t need howard that s a fact nash yes howard NO bynum is enough even though in a lakers fan view it would be veryyy nice to have howard in gold and purple but if this does happen dont expect a chapionship their first year mainlyyy because of howard experience.

  4. Milz says:

    Maaannnn!! I can’t wait…if Melo and the knicks stay healthy and play as a unified team & feeding off each other during the game…we gonna be tough…Atlantic division is ours this year (top 4 seed)

  5. Kevin says:

    i want to see hornets vs celtics. doc rivers vs austin rivers

  6. Bem says:

    i think the LAL have done great already and stand a chance of wiining the championship with or without Howard, coach Phil Jackson once said in 1995, “Teams win games when they have a bench that can come in and play” and i think thats what the lakers shud focus on at this point since D12 aint making up his mind. (which they’re already doing), with the likes of Jamison, Hill, McRobert..etc. i think we got a great championship team,..and please Lakers, get us a consistent three pointer, i know Blake is great but he can be better

  7. dattebayo says:

    Why are my comments sometimes blocked and don’t show up here?

    When you count the games in the list at http://www.nba.com/schedules/national_tv_schedule//index.html, you only find 1229 games. Since it says in the article, that there should be 1230, there must be one game missing from the list. Could somebody please check that, thank You!

    btw. I used Excel 2007, I didn’t count them myself…

  8. JoheikeMapa says:

    go kobe lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Oliver Floralde says:

    Sir, Celtics and Heat battle it out in the conference Finals, right. not the semis as indicated in your report

  10. lakedynasty says:

    lakers-clippers is not a bitter rivalry

  11. Bill says:

    My Warriors are, you guessed it, in the rebuilding process.

  12. Jack says:

    all teams beef up their line, idea of howard will still go to Lakers is unlikely, but its possible, but i think if thats happen, Lakers will be the Champion again this year,..

  13. LALCHAMPS says:

    I wish d howard would sign with the lakers so we can win everything

  14. Franz says:

    I love this game!

  15. Mahmoud says:

    i hope memphis or any other team signs gilbert arenas

  16. Bem says:

    ‘Can’t wait!..wish it started already…GO LAKERS!..(we’r on for another championship)

  17. caleb says:

    watch out for the kings and timberwolves this season they might be dark horses

  18. Bullsforever says:

    Bulls fans…get ready for a LONG and blah season. Absolutely zero hype going in–who knows what could’ve happened with D-Rose last year? Who knows how strong he’ll be when he does finally return? By that time, we’ll be stuck as an 8th seed at best–good old, NBA hell. Man….so bleeping frustrating.

    • BullsFan says:

      I know how you feel. It would’ve been very exciting with Rose next season or if he wouldn’t have torn his ACL, but we still have to support our team with or without Rose. We still have the excitement of Noah, Deng, and Rip. Just have patience for Derrick to heal.

  19. noah says:

    When will the Spurs play on Christmas again????? They never let us and the one time they did in 2008 we won on a buzzer beater. It was exciting and we haven’t played since! Come on!

  20. HEAT101 says:

    CAN WE PLEASE START THE SEASON 2NIGHT?!!..LOL CNT WAIT!!

  21. NBA says:

    The lakers have a very easy schedule, look for them to get the 1st or 2nd seed winning at least 57 games.

  22. The Seminelin says:

    I hope the trade for D.Howard will fall to LAL. Another sure championship for the gold jerseys!

  23. CLIPZZZ says:

    Cant wait to see some of the new look teams and how they work with each other. I especially cant wait to see what the CLIPPERS can do with all of the new players added to the roster. I can see them making it to Round 2 again, but not get swept this time haha

  24. Nate says:

    Why do the Lakers always get to play at home on these days? They pretty much always lose on Christmas and why do they deserve to play at home when they have done absolutely nothing the past two seasons? Try having the Lakers play AT the Knicks on Christmas or AT Dallas opening night

  25. paul says:

    Steve Nash with Kobe and 2 Top 10 7 footers in the game.. Are you kidding me?

    • smith says:

      haha two top ten bigs ya right bynum had one good year last year. and gasol is going down hill he is horrible.

      • s27m says:

        Gasol=Overrated
        Bynum= Okay player nothing special, 1 good year does that consistenly may change my mind

  26. J says:

    Ughhh…. did he just say Carlos Boozer and the bulls….. ;(

  27. Doug says:

    Nash and the Suns? :P

  28. angry knicks fan says:

    i will be there for the knicks vs the nets

  29. SMEEGYZSMEEGZ says:

    IT JUST GOT REAL!

  30. Russel says:

    when melo return to mile high boos all the way to a nugget victory

  31. Russel says:

    cant wait aweosme season go nuggets

  32. Ben says:

    Im really looking forward to the Heat Vs Celtics match, Lakers Vs Suns game and the Heat v11s OKC finals rematch.
    cant wait for the whole season to actually start as-well. BRING ON THE 2012-2013 SEASON