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NBA Christmas Day openers likely to see finals rematch

Nov 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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It’s not official yet (and may not be for a couple weeks) but we have a pretty good idea what the new NBA opening day will look like.

Which is exactly what the old Christmas Day schedule looked like.

That slate of games was to and most likely will start where the NBA labor talks were settled — New York City — where the Knicks will host the Boston Celtics. Two marquee franchises looking to challenge the Heat and Bulls for supremacy in the East.

That will be followed by a rematch of the NBA finals, with the Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Miami Heat. Dirk Nowitzki vs. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade again. That game would be broadcast on ABC.

Finally, the Chicago Bulls and MVP Derrick Rose will travel to Los Angeles to take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. That game also was to be on ABC.

After that the schedule is anybody’s guess. To cram 66 games into the amount of time left will mean a more condensed schedule than the 50-game one we saw after the 1999 lockout. It’s going to produce some tired legs and sloppy games. And we have no idea which direction this season will go.

But pretty much know how it will start.

  1. 8man - Nov 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    As I said they’d reach a deal and we’d have a condensed schedule.

    Yeah. Sixty-six games in between December 25 and April 18th? That’s almost a game every two days. Crazy. Just make it 50. Eighty-two is too many anyhow.

    • denverdude7 - Nov 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM

      I have to disagree with you on this.

      They should play all 82 games. Since they only really play the 4th quarter anyway it actually amounts to a 20 game season.

      Plus we would get to see Bron-Bron choke or quit a few more times. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

  2. paintan8 - Nov 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    ” tired legs and sloppy games” You just described the Wizards season in 5 words.

    • trbowman - Nov 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      Sad but true.

    • denverdude7 - Nov 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      As well as Bron-Bron’s play in the 4th quarter and playoffs.

  3. thestudiokida - Nov 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Why does everybody keep saying these 66 games will be more condensed than the 50 game season? That season started February 5th, a good six weeks after this season’s debut. They can’t fit 16 games into 6 weeks? Please.

  4. mogogo1 - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Starting on Christmas is going to result in some incredibly ugly basketball. There are teams like the Lakers that still haven’t even met their coaches. Some guys aren’t even in this country because they’re playing overseas and will need to get out of those obligations. The rookies haven’t even seen an NBA practice yet. And you know there are some guys who’ve let themselves get fat and out of shape over the lockout. A month isn’t going to come anywhere close to fixing all those things.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Hence this finals rematch won’t be nearly as entertaining as last year’s finals were.

    • denverdude7 - Nov 26, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      You are absolutely correct. Stern should just cancel the season and start fresh next year. Besides, McDonalds just can’t handle losing so many employees at once.

  5. lookatthefarside - Nov 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Hey at least the small market teams’ surrounding businesses will have some revenue and people will be employed.

    • denverdude7 - Nov 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM

      Yeah, with low paying part time jobs and no medical coverage.

      Thanks to the organized crime family also known as the Republican party !!! Keep those dollars rolling for your greedy, corrupt campaign contributors.

  6. philtration - Nov 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Keep your generic season Stern.
    Maybe I will come back when the 2012-13 season starts.

    Or maybe not.

  7. asublimeday - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Good. Work these douchebags to the bone. Should’ve started on time.

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