Some will likely view this as a sign of disrespect.
It is not.
You would be crazy at this point to look past the San Antonio Spurs.
Still, there's not as much reason to look forward to the Spurs' lone regular-season visit to AmericanAirlines Arena as to some other games on the Miami Heat's just-released schedule.
First, it won't come until Jan. 26.
And by then, the Spurs will have already returned to South Florida on Oct. 19.
Provided that Gregg Popovich doesn't keep his starters and key subs in San Antonio, they'll relive many of the NBA Finals memories on that evening.
If they wish, they can even stare at the spot on the floor from which Ray Allen launched the shot that saved the Heat's 2012-13 season.
By the time late January comes around, they'll be looking ahead to the next postseason, not back at the last one.
So, putting the Spurs aside, what are the most appealing games on the schedule?
Start in the Eastern Conference, which appears much more challenging now, at least at the top.
Throw in one Western Conference power, which will be eager to prove that it is still on the rise, after a disappointing end to last season.
Here are five in focus: