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Rumor: NBA to open 2014-15 season with Spurs at Cavaliers

Jul 27, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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The NBA likes to open the season with some of the best matchups possible for obvious reasons, and we have our first rumblings of what we might be treated to as a start to the 2014-15 season.

LeBron James being involved shouldn’t come as any surprise, but if the rumored matchup being penciled in ends up becoming finalized, it would mean a slight change in the way things have been done in the recent past.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

Rumor has it that the NBA’s season-opening game on TNT will be San Antonio at Cleveland, the first home game for LeBron James in his return to Cleveland and the first game for the defending NBA champion Spurs. The NBA schedule is expected to be released next month.

LeBron opening the season at home with the Cavaliers would be an emotionally-charged way to tip things off, but it’s not exactly protocol for how the league has treated its defending champions.

In each of the last two years, the Miami Heat opened the season at home, where they received their championship rings and raised a banner to the rafters. It wouldn’t seem fair to the Spurs not to get the same treatment, although it’s certainly possible things could change before the final version of the schedule is officially released.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Champs should open at home.

    All champs, every year.

    • dj3garrett - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Doesn’t even feel like the Spurs are the Champions… The media and fans put too much focus on Lebron and then whine about why the Spurs get no coverage… As soon as Miami lost it was about who lost and not who won… Every fan (including Spurs fans) flocked to Heat articles instead of Spurs… Now they all flock to Cavs articles…

      • angulocarlos1 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        You can blame the media but they realize it’s what interests fans the most.

      • onlyavoice - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        We also get sick of the same old story when the Spurs win the championship,
        “The Spurs did it the right way & every franchise should copy them”
        If the Spurs do it the right way then why aren’t they champs more often & consecutive.
        Great team & organization but boring.
        They’ll be right in the mix next season but most believe they will not repeat,
        which great teams do.

  2. m4a188 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    The season will start in Cleveland, half the cameras will be on the game the other half on Lebron.

    • money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      I think if the cavs didn’t even have a game, the cameras would somehow find a way to be there.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      I see the logic here. Get the Cavs’ first 30-point blowout loss out of the way first thing of the season – start trying to tamp down the expectations. Pretty smart when you think about it. Might as well start them against the Spurs-Thunder-Clippers back-to-back-to-back – give the Cavs about 100 points worth of losses to start the season and seriously reset expectations to a more realistic level.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Both ways it wouldn’t feel right. Spurs should open the season at home, but it would also be a mistake to have LeBron first game back with Cavaliers at away. Why not have Thunder at Spurs for the first game? And have LeBron’s first game back in Cleveland on a another night?

    All I know is the NBA wants those ratings, so most likely Cavaliers are going to open the season at home.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      If the NBA wants ratings, they should have the Cavs open at home against the Heat. I don’t know many fans – casual or hardcore – who wouldn’t flip to, or flat out watch the whole thing.

      As it was posted above, it didn’t really matter that the Spurs won. The storyline before, during, and after the Finals was would the Heat three-peat, or if not, would they break up. After they broke up, the story shifted to LeBron’s free agency and subsequently, “The Decision 2.0: I’m Coming Home”.

      As a right, the Spurs should open at home, but not against the Cavs. I say the Spurs should host the Thunder or even the newly revamped Mavs.

  4. titansbro - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Here we go again. And we wonder why NBA stars think they’re bigger than the game.

  5. onbucky96 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM


  6. fnc111 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Game 1: Tuesday night, October 28, Bulls at Cavs.

    Game 2: Lakers at Spurs


    Get it done and people stop crying.

    • buffalowned - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Lakers and Spurs? You can’t be serious. No non-Lakers fans want to watch the garbage that you will have on the court this season…especially on opening night. OKC, the other two Texas teams, and about 20 other teams in the nba would make more sense than the Lakers.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        What about those who want to see the Lakers lose?

    • muhangis - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      [As a Lakers fan] … Lakers?

  7. shadowgamesshades - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Why not Thunder @ Spurs on opening night? And Bulls @ Cavs.

  8. 1rawdawg - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Game 1: Bulls @ Cavs
    Game 2: Heat @ Spurs

    • money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      People always wanna dump dirt on rose but subconsciously know he and his team can be prime time tv.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Man I’d hate to be LeBron. There’s no way I could get this much attention and not turn into the world’s worst villain. I’d go heel on ’em.

  10. borisalessandri - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    What a waste of a great nonconference game so early on in the season. Spurs/Cavs should play later on in the season like on Xmas or anytime after that. Also, why do the Spurs have to start the “rumored” season on the road? As a Spurs fan, I want the ring ceremony game against the Lakers, Thunder or Mavs.

    • borisalessandri - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      The return of DRose and the Bulls vs the return of LBJ and the Cavs would be a better draw.

      The return of Kobe and the Lakers vs the Spurs on ring ceremony night would a great second billing. And you know Kobe would love to start the season off against the defending champs but that’s just my presumption

  11. rxv5854 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Not surprising. Lebron is bigger than the game.

  12. rajbais - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Good matchup, better with Kevin love.

    I get the feeling cavs at heat will be on Xmas day.

  13. rodge1 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM


    Lakers?…. LMAO!!!!!!…. Thanks for the laugh

    • money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Yeah. Because people will stop watching the lakers.
      Ur naive.

  14. robigd - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    They would receive their rings on LeBrons home floor? That is odd.

    Then again, they did sweep LeBrons Cavs to win a ring not too long ago.

  15. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Opening the season with a 28 point win by the Spurs? Great. I can hardly wait!

    • money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Hahah. Well. Let’s let lebron get acclimated with his new teammates.
      I suspect the cavs get it rolling at some point.

  16. packfan0492 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Still will not watch!!! Who cares!!!

  17. cruzan80 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Complete horse manure.

    I hope it is true & I hope it pisses Pop off so much he’d sit Duncan, Parker Ginobli & Leonard for “rest”.

    The 1st game should obviously be Heat at Cavs.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      No, the NBA will want to build the tension. Like the other posters said, Heat-Cavs first game won’t happen until Christmas day.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM


        Christmas day can be Cavs at Heat.

        Can you imagine what the story lines would be if the Heat went into Cleveland on opening night & won the game???

        On the other hand if the Cavs win, it would be like they won the championship on the 1st night.

        Its a win/win situation for the NBA.

  18. csbanter - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    The NBA is funny they want everyone for 2 weeks in June to root for a team like the Spurs that just happens to play basketball the way it should be played. Once the final second tic off the clock, the Spurs instantly become an afterthought.

    The NBA marquee matchups are not about the game itself , instead they want the TMZ aspect of it.

    1) Will Wade and Lebron have a beef now The NBA is on TNT
    2) James Harden and The Rockets take on Chandler Parsons and the Mavericks.. ooh bad blood The NBA is on TNT
    3) Jason Kidd and the “improved” Bucks take on Brooklyn ooooh, uh-oh the big bad wolf Kidd is coming back to brooklyn lock the doors . The NBA is on TNT

    It’s dumb to play the villain angle as a selling point for fans to watch games, instead of letting the play of the Spurs speak for itself.

  19. fnc111 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM


    You must be really naive. It’s about ratings. People will watch Lakers at Spurs opening night in large chunks. Kobe’s first game back at the champs. Wanna make a bet on a ratings war? Lakers/Spurs will outdraw Houston/Spurs by a large margin on opening night. You seem lost and uneducated.

  20. jadaruler - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Tuesday night: OKC vs San Antonio

    Wednesday: Chicago vs. Cleveland
    Golden State vs. LA Clippers

    Thursday: Cleveland vs. NY Knicks
    Houston vs. Portland

    Friday: Washington vs. Miami
    Dallas vs. San Antonio

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