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Oprah is bigger than NBA, league may bend schedule

May 11, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

Oprah Winfrey AP

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.

  1. cosanostra71 - May 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM


    • florida727 - May 11, 2011 at 10:08 PM

      Worthless skirt. Wish she’d just go away.

  2. goforthanddie - May 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Oprah is bigger than NBA

  3. whitecastleisafoodgroup - May 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    I guess this just shows who has bigger balls.

  4. stevef2222 - May 11, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    chicago’s always been about clout

  5. cordae - May 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    In Chicago theres God, barack, then oprah…They pray to all three.

    • philtration - May 11, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      Well I have lived in Chicago all my life and…
      I am an Atheist
      I did vote for Obama but don’t worship him.
      I find Oprah to be a blabbering idiot.

      Do you believe that Al Capone is still alive too?

      • cordae - May 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM

        Probably. And it was a joke, lighten up. You know that city loves those two like no other. I’ve seen it first hand. Not all, but most.

        So youre telling me Dr.Phil could get the United Center for game 2? Thought so…

    • philtration - May 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

      I like thin crust pizza too.
      The deep dish thing is for tourists.

      • florida727 - May 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM

        Fox’s Pizza. One on 99th and Western in Beverly (Chicago), the other on Cicero and Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn. BEST thin crust pizza hands down.

    • cordae - May 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      I like Home Run Inn myself…

  6. steelyres211 - May 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    I thought the headline was a fat joke.


  7. hnirobert3 - May 11, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Not to sound disrespectful, but there’s a lot more bon-bon eating, unemployed women than there are NBA fans. To quote an Eastern Conference rival in Carmelo Anthony:

    “Real talk.”

  8. deiong - May 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    well, i guess it doesnt really matter, but really?? oh well. guess lonley women need love to.

  9. T.C. R - May 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Why all the hating?

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