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NBA releases opening week, marquee games: You better like watching the Heat

Aug 3, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bosh_wade_james.jpgIt’s the hot hot Heat.

And the Lakers. But mostly the Heat. And if you can pair them then all the better.

As for the other, unmentioned half of the league… you don’t seem to matter much.

That’s what becomes obvious as you look at the highlights of the NBA schedule released in a new television special on NBATV Tuesday night. (What is it with the NBA and televised announcements this summer?) The NBA is going to sell its stars, sell its marquee teams. The rest of you can go play in the shadows.

Opening night is a perfect example. First game is the debut of the Miami Heat at the Boston Celtics. So plenty of “old big three vs. new big three” hype there. Then the second game is the expected return of Yao Ming and his Houston Rockets against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on the night they get their rings and put up a new banner.

Or check out Christmas Day, when the two marquee, ABC games are Boston at Orlando then Miami at Los Angeles Lakers. Stick with the stars.

There are three other Christmas Day games, but it’s not like the NBA went away from showcasing big names: Chicago at New York, Denver at Oklahoma City, Portland at Golden State.

And on and on an on. You are a glamour player on a glamour franchise or you don’t get mentioned. Atlanta? Can’t find them. Dallas? Not mentioned. Forget being Memphis or Minnesota. Or Cleveland now.

Here is the rest of the already sponsor-sold Kia Motors NBA tip off week includes an interesting game with Chicago at Oklahoma City on Oct. 27, along with a second game of Portland against last year’s number one pick Blake Griffin and the Los Angels Clippers. Both of those games will be on ESPN.

On Oct. 28 the Orlando Magic will open their new Amway Center arena against No. 1 pick John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Then it is Phoenix at Utah, a battle of revamped teams with top point guards.

On Oct. 29 it is Orlando at Miami, followed by the Lakers at Phoenix. Your televised games the next three nights: Denver at Houston on Oct. 30; Utah at Oklahoma City on Halloween, then Portland at Chicago on Nov. 1.

Stars baby. Sell the Heat. Sell the Lakers. Sell Boston and Orlando and Chicago. The rest of you, you’re on your own.

  1. Andrew - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Steve, 2 things: 1) if you are not a fan of the NBA, why are you even posting a comment on this blog, which is an NBA blog? 2)ironic how you say the NBA is a thug league (which is not…if you actually paid attention to it you would notice that the vast majority of NBA players are good guys; you could clearly see it just by following them on Twitter, for instance) and then you say you’ll watch football, a league where players keep getting in trouble every week for some of the worst crimes possible. Go screw yourself, hypocrit. And to reply to your question (“how often can you put fast car,lots of cash,gun,strip club and an nba player in the same sentence?”): you can do that much more often when it comes to your beloved NFL players.

  2. Andrew - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    fiveiron, can you read or not? Those are the MARQUEE games. So it’s obvious you won’t find teams like Nets or Wolves among them.

  3. jaided - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    thats about the best comment i read in days. foos dont know was up in lax.

  4. fiveiron - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Yes, Andrew, I can read. Thanks for asking. It’s still a roller derby league, even down to the officiating.

  5. luffy - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    You’re still stupid after all the comments you’ve received on your other posts? shoulda, woulda, coulda can’t win you championships, move on idiot…
    How could the Lakers be outmatched by Miami? Boston perhaps, coz they’ve acquired Shaq and JO but Miami? Gimme a break, Miami will win some rings but not this time around, they’ll win some when Kobe retires…
    Anyone who plays Bball knows that Shaq could still be a force. I’m expecting a Lakers-Celtics finals again next season but this time, it won’t go down the wire. Lakers 3peat in 6 games…

  6. tt-1536352 - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    you do have a good point…..the nfl is doing its best to catch up to the nba as a thugs league,bad behaivor,etc….and doing it really fast as the case examples you point out….i could be down to just baseball in a few years…

  7. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    mike miller is our 6th man, haslem is our 7th
    miller signed with the heat because he played college ball with haslem at the university of florida
    im guessing you have never seen anthony play before…the guy is a tough defensive player…add in big z and jamal magloire and the heat have big fouls to give in spades
    shame you wont see another 3peat…it really is
    by the way…grammar is your friend…try being friendly back

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