May 11, 2011, 6:05 PM EST
You do not mess with Oprah Winfrey. Especially not on her home turf in Chicago.
The NBA is not about to try. It will move its schedule around to accommodate the queen of daytime television, the Miami Herald reports.
The NBA informed a few involved parties before Tuesday’s Bulls game that if the Heat and Chicago win their series in six games or fewer, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals would need to be moved from Monday to Sunday night because the United Center likely is unavailable Monday to allow Oprah Winfrey’s crew to set up for the taping of one of her final shows. If the Heat or Bulls series go seven games, Game 1 of the Eastern finals would be Wednesday.
Wait, can I get some tickets to that Oprah taping? I could use a free Caribbean cruise and a new Blu-ray player.
Before the season starts the NBA sends out dates that teams need to reserve in their arena for potential playoff bookings. But if you think the United Center was going to say no to Oprah, you don’t know Chicago.
- David Stern issues statement on passing of Nelson Mandela, players take to twitter 4
- Kobe Bryant sounds close to return, will not offer specific date 3
- Knicks and Nets might not remain so mockable for long, so enjoy it while you can 13
- Derrick Rose to those doubting his return: “You can be a fool if you want to” 12
- You knew this was coming: Carmelo Anthony denies report he has decided to leave Knicks 28
- LeBron says Wade is “getting that Kobe deal” in next contract. Should he? (64)
- The Extra Pass: Our awards at the quarter pole, plus Monday recaps (42)
- Michael Beasley finding a role, groove in Miami (41)
- Kobe Bryant dunks, looks good in Lakers practice; Friday return possible (38)
- Dwight Howard frustrated with Rockets’ effort in recent losses (36)