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NBA Preseason 2013: Complete Schedule, TV Coverage, Live Stream Info & More

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NBA Preseason 2013: Complete Schedule, TV Coverage, Live Stream Info & More
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It's almost time for the 2013-14 NBA season to begin.

The NBA preseason is upon us, and while the games don't count for anything in the regular-season standings, there is plenty to be excited about.

The number of storylines are almost incalculable. The action will begin on Saturday when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Turkey to take on Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena. Fenerbahce Ulker are the five-time Turkish league champions, but they aren't likely to see a lot of Kevin Durant or Serge Ibaka.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks probably won't play his stars much in the first preseason outing. He's already without point guard Russell Westbrook after knee surgery, per ESPN.com, so the Turkish fans won't see the Thunder at full strength.

The stateside games also begin on Saturday. Here's a look at the complete schedule and viewing information for the first weekend of the NBA preseason. See the entire schedule at NBA.com.

NBA Preseason Opening Weekend Schedule
Date and Time Matchup TV Live Stream
Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. ET Oklahoma City vs.Fenerbahce Ulker NBA TV
Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. ET Chicago at Indiana NBA TV
Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET New Orleans at Houston
Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET Golden State at Los Angeles Lakers NBA TV
Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. ET Philadelphia at Bilbao Basket NBA TV
Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET Denver at Los Angeles Lakers NBA TV

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Top Story Lines of the Preseason

Derrick Rose Back on the Court

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Rose is expected to make his long-awaited return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup on Saturday, per ESPN.com. Don't expect him to log 30 minutes, but Bulls fans should be elated to see their star back in uniform. Chicago's preseason opener is in Indianapolis, which is a little under three hours away, so some rabid Bulls fans may be in attendance.

Still, we won't get an opportunity to hear the response the hometown faithful have for Rose until Oct. 16 in the Bulls' home opener. It is just a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons, but it'll mark Rose's first game on the Untied Center floor since he tore his ACL in April 2012.

 

Dwight Howard in Houston

The Sacramento Kings' Ben McLemore and Portland Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum were also exciting summer league standouts who fans can't wait to see in action.

McLemore averaged 15.8 points per game in the Las Vegas Summer League. McCollum was also on fire, averaging 21 points. Those four players may battle each other for 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year honors. McCollum and the Blazers take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday while McLemore and the Kings battle the Golden State Warriors that night as well.

Magic fans will have to wait until Wednesday to see Oladipo debut against the Pelicans.

 

The Pelicans

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We all love new uniforms, right? Well, most of the time.

The New Orleans Pelicans (formerly the Hornets) not only have new uniforms, but also have a new name and some exciting new players. Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans join Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon on a Pelicans team that has a great chance to not only make the playoffs, but possibly garner a fourth or fifth seed in the Western Conference as well.

All eyes will be on the Pelicans' debut for those reasons when New Orleans opens against Houston on Saturday.

 

Summer League stats per NBA.com.

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