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Report: LeBron James, Cavaliers will open season at home against Knicks

Aug 13, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami Reuters

The NBA schedule officially comes out in a few hours as things get closer we are learning more and more details about the schedule.

The biggest off-season move was LeBron James returning to Cleveland and bringing the balance of power with him. Now we learn he is going to start the season at home, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

LeBron James’ first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers will be at home on Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks, according to a league source. The game features the league’s hottest two commodities during this summer’s free-agency period.

There had been rumors that the Cavs would play opening night, Oct. 28, against the Spurs. But instead it will be Dallas that gets to see banner number five go up in San Antonio, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

As for the unofficial tip off of the season on Christmas Day…

  1. mcjon22 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Perfect. It’ll only take one game for Melo’ to realize that no matter what he tells himself, he chose 50 mil over winning and will never win a championship in his career

    • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Most people would say choosing 50 million IS winning. But that’s just most people.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        What you said is correct Anti… tis the numbers.

        But, it also was choosing between roughly $314 million and $364 million.

        So it IS still $50 million.

        But $50 million is 15.9% of $314 million so he’d be giving up 15.9% of his earnings.

        $135 million he’s already earned plus the new $124 million on the new contract brings him to $259 million.

        Odds are that he’ll sign another deal, a short one for say 2 yrs after his 5 yr deal is done. Let’s just say he signs for $15 mill each of those two years for another $30 million (I’m being conservative)

        Now, he’s up to $289 million.

        We haven’t added his endorsement monies either yet. Forbes magazine says he makes about $8 million a year from endorsements. I’m not sure how many years he’s been at that level (mostly from Nike according to Forbes).

        $8 million for only 5 yrs is another $40 million. Let’s say Carmelo gets a lifetime amount of $75 million from endorsements by the time he’s done. Again conservative as he’s most likely earned $40 million already in his career from endorsements and he’ll likely equal that $40 million in the coming 5 yrs.

        This means he will have earned around $364 million. Odds are he’ll earn MORE than this when it’s all said and done.

        So he chose something like $364 million over $314 million is what it comes down to in reality.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        I’m really grateful that you care so much about how much he makes otherwise I would’ve never known.

        But what are you saying? He shouldn’t have chosen $364 million over $314 million?

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM


        Can’t say I wouldn’t take the money either…

        That wasn’t my point. I just didn’t think most realized how much he’ll earn.

        Since contracts are guaranteed, he’s already guaranteed to make $300 million plus with the new contract on top of his money already earned plus his endorsements.

        So the man could be injured and never play again and still earn around $300 million total.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        But, you know… saying he’d earn $300 million total isn’t the same as him actually seeing that money in his bank account. He has some hefty expenses.

        It’s kind of like saying someone who makes 200k a year will make $2 million total over 10 years. Sure, it sounds nice when you say it like that, but over that time you damn sure won’t feel like you have 2 million dollars.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        He took the sure thing. THAT’S winning

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        I can’t believe I’m saying this, I agree with anti. I never thought I would ever say those words.

      • ecnuob51 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Point is no one knows how good the Knicks will be in two years. A lot can happen. So a lot of people would be eating their words when melo ended up choosing the money and winning.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        You can’t blame him for choosing money that also comes with Phil “Eleven Rings” Jackson. People are being a little too harsh on him (par for the course). I think he made a good financial decision and a good basketball decision. Nothing was guaranteed in Chicago.

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Agreed. Love the pic though.

      Looks like Melo has epic BO based on LeBrons face.

      • money2long - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:32 AM

        It’s lebron being reminded he can’t guard Carmelo.

  2. go2themike - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    So the Knicks will be 1&1 after 2! Beating the Bulls at home and losing to Cavs on the road!

    • dablakdrphil - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I have the Knicks going 0-2 for their 1st 2 games. Bulls frontline alone (Noah, Gibson and Gasol) will probably be too much for the Knicks to handle now that Chandler is back in Dallas. And with the 1st home game for Cavs fan seeing the King return, you already know that place is going to be CRAZY LOUD and I think it will be too much for the Knicks

      • money2long - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:33 AM

        Good thing what u think doesn’t predicate what will actually happen.

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        @money2short good thing I could care less what you think

  3. arrondior - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    My prediction: 50 point or more game for Anthony in a loss for the Knicks.

    • m4a188 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Not with LeBron playing D on him.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Yeah, with LeBron slimming down, and with his best 2 teammates on the Cavs being offense-first players like Irving and Love, the safe bet is that LeBron adopts the primary wing-defender role more or less full time, so he’ll be on Carmelo most of the game.

        The Heat used to have other players like Battier defend Carmelo early in the game before LeBron would switch onto him on the fourth quarter so LeBron could focus on scoring early in the game, but given the Cavs’ roster configuration, LeBron’s wing defense is less replaceable than his offense.

      • money2long - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        People give too much credit to lebron on defense.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I thought the NBA was going to have the Cavs face the Spurs on opening night, but spacing out LeBron’s debut after opening day makes sense.

    The first night will draw a lot of attention, even without LeBron, because it will mark the return of basketball. Spurs versus Mavericks was an awesome playoff series last year, and it should be a fun game this year with the Mavs’ changes.

    Then, LeBron’s home regular season debut will be a major draw 2 days later, and he’ll be up against a large market team with their own superstar player in Carmelo.

    Big ratings on 2 different nights for the NBA.

  5. cruzan80 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    If I were the comish…

    Knicks @ Bulls
    Melo starts the season in the United Center as the Bulls management & most of their fans hoped except not in a Bulls uniform. Rose debuts his second comeback with hopes of reminding all of his fans that they didn’t need Melo.

    Thunder @ Spurs
    It’s always good drama to have the team that got eliminated in the Conference Finals to the eventual Finals winner witness the hanging of their brand new banner. The drama of that game 6 has to have the Thunder itching at a chance to play the current champs again.

    Heat @ Cavaliers
    The storylines will be endless. The Heat should witness (pun intended) the homecoming of LeBron James. That place will be absolutely insane that night regardless of the opponent but ramp it up 10x if it’s the Heat. LeBron’s Cavs beating the Heat in Cleveland on opening night will be almost as good as winning the title to Cav fans. Also….what if the Heat actually won that game.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I’m ready for NBA to start. I used to kinda hate the NBA in the late 90’s/early 2000s. It was so boring. Now I love it. I used to only care about college basketball but I’ve soured on it in recent years. Especially after they matched kentucky up against wichita st in the second round. That really annoyed the hell out of me. So stupid to have 2 of the top 5 teams in the country play that early smh

  7. seasickcecil - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Patrick Ewing’s infamous quote from the 1998-99 lockout.

    “Sure, we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot, too.”

  8. mackcarrington - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    The Knicks aren’t getting so much run because of Melo. It’s because of the curiosity factor of Fisher as coach, and Phil in he front office.

    • money2long - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:35 AM


  9. rodyaugu - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Irving will be traded for Rondo, halfway through the 2015 season.

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