A day after fining three teams for releasing their '09-'10 schedules early, the NBA has made available the full schedule of games. The season will begin on October 27 with a Cavs-Celtics matchup and the Lakers squaring off with the Clippers, both on TNT.
In notable schedule news, the Knicks actually have a few nationally televised games this year, with the first being on November 6 when they host LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
There will be five games played on Christmas Day again this year. The early contest pits the Heat against the Knicks at noon on ESPN, followed by either Celtics-Magic or Lakers-Cavs on ABC. The schedule makers just couldn't resist going with the Kobe v. Shaq Christmas Day matchup... AGAIN. (The fourth time in five years, in fact.) So we'll get to hear all the same tired lines and controversies one more time. The final game of the night is either Clippers-Suns or Nuggets-Blazers on ESPN, depending on your region.
There will also be an NBA game on the day of the Super Bowl, giving sports fans something to watch other than six hours of football pregame. The Magic will travel to Boston to battle the Celtics in that one.
You can check out the full schedule at NBA.com.