HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The real games don’t start until Oct. 30, but there will be plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of new faces in new places during the NBA preseason, a 22-day, 115-game schedule released Thursday afternoon.
Basketball fans in Fresno will get a treat when Steve Nash makes his Lakers debut on Sunday, Oct. 7 against the Warriors (though Dwight Howard might not be ready by then). A few hours earlier, Ray Allen will play his first game with the Heat in Atlanta. Andrew Bynum, meanwhile, will have to wait until an Oct. 11 in Orlando (of all places) to get in his first action with the Sixers.
Allen will have a great opportunity to build some off-the-court chemistry with his new teammates when they travel across the world, as part of the league’s slate of nine international games featuring 10 teams. Allen’s former team actually tips off the preseason with a game in Istanbul, Turkey on NBA TV.
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Oct. 5 — Boston at Fenerbahce Ulker (NBA TV) – Istanbul, Turkey
Oct. 6 — Dallas at Alba Berlin (NBA TV) – Berlin, Germany
Oct. 7 — Boston at Emporio Armani Milano (NBA TV) – Milan, Italy
Oct. 9 — Dallas at FC Barcelona Regal (NBA TV) – Barcelona, Spain
NBA Mexico Game 2012
Oct. 7 — New Orleans vs. Orlando (NBA TV) – Mexico City, Mexico
NBA China Games 2012
Oct. 11 — Miami vs. L.A. Clippers Beijing (NBA TV) – Beijing, China
Oct. 14 — Miami vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV) – Shanghai, China
2012 NBA Canada Series
Oct. 19 — New York vs. Toronto – Montreal, Quebec
Oct. 24 — Detroit vs. Minnesota – Winnipeg, Manitoba
NBA TV will have seven of the nine games above, and you can expect the channel to add more games to its preseason schedule. In addition to that, there will be four preseason games on ESPN and TNT, a chance to see the new Brooklyn arena, Andre Iguodala in Denver, and No. 1 pick Anthony Davis.
TNT and ESPN preseason schedule
Oct. 18 — Boston at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)
Oct. 25 — L.A. Clippers at Denver, 10 p.m. ET (TNT)
Oct. 26 — New Orleans at Miami, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Oct. 26 — Denver at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The preseason schedule also features some visits from European teams, like Real Madrid, Montepaschi Siena and Maccabi Haifa, who each play two games against NBA teams. And, of course, there will be plenty of games in non-NBA arenas around the country, in cities like Las Vegas, Canton, North Charleston and La Crosse, Wisc.
Oct. 5 can’t come soon enough. NBA basketball is just 50 days away.