Set to be released August 10th, this year's NBA schedule has many anxiously waiting. Personally, I can't remember the last time a schedule release has been this anticipated, but for good reason. Let's take a moment and think of some of the exciting match ups this season.
Opening night is a big night for every team, it marks the night each team embarks on their journey towards their goal—a championship. By no means does the first game determine how good your team is, or how the year will play out. But it can provide more than its fair share of excitement.
Already leaked on Sportingnews.com, apparently the state of Florida will start off the NBA season with a bang, as the Magic and Heat are set to match up on October 28th in the Magic's new arena. The game is to be broadcast on TNT.
Miami will be put to the test immediately. Can they stop Dwight Howard and the Magic? How will the Heat's chemistry look? This game is full of exciting questions and is sure to be entertaining.
I don't know about you, but if that leak is accurate and that's how the 2010 NBA season is truly going to begin, I can't wait to see what the rest of the schedule holds.
A date that everyone loves to talk about is of course Christmas Day. Every year ABC televises marquee basketball games while Americans and people all over the world tune in while enjoying their holiday.
Who will win the finals?
The first of potential matchups for Christmas Day is Lakers and Celtics. This is an obvious one, as both teams are still of elite caliber and always provide exciting matchups. Not to mention it would be a rematch of last year's finals, as well as one of the best rivalries in all of sports.
Another game we could see is the Heat and Lakers. This makes the most sense, as the Heat are expected to be the best in the East, and the Lakers are expected to be the best in the West. Last year it was likewise with Cleveland and Los Angeles. This year Miami simply takes Cleveland's spot.
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh versus Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. It's the matchup that has gripped the talks of basketball fans all over. It's the matchup that has fueled vicious feuds between Heat and Lakers fans on different sites across the internet. Is there really a better Christmas Day matchup?
An Orlando and Chicago meeting would also promise to be a very entertaining Christmas Day special. Veteran and All-Star Dwight Howard versus the young and rising Joakim Noah. Two of the best front courts in the league, as well as two very talented point guards in Jameer Nelson and Derrick Rose. Again, this is another talent loaded, exciting potential Christmas face off.
The matchups I touched on are just a few of the many exciting possibilities for Christmas Day.
As for general regular season meetings to look forward to, first let's take a look at Miami and Boston. The new NBA powerhouse versus the old. The young guys versus their elders.
I believe this matchup actually won't be as exciting as some may think. Yes, Boston is a proven veteran team with loads of experience and they know how to win. But they are also old, and lost an extremely valuable asset in Tony Allen.
Last year Boston had a difficult time defending Dwyane Wade by himself. What's going to happen this year when they have to guard both Wade and James as well as a talented Heat supporting cast?
If you think I have been a little biased towards the Eastern Conference so far, I will be blunt and admit that I have. But come on, take a look at the conferences now. The west is no longer the stronger conference, that title belongs to the east now, thus providing more exciting matchups.
Although there are some exciting meetings in the west, which include the typical Los Angeles and Dallas, Dallas and San Antonio, as well as Denver and Los Angeles.
But the most exciting matchup in the west in many eyes is going to be the Lakers and the Thunder. The Thunder put up a great fight against Kobe and the Lakers last year, and I expect more of the same in the future. Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant will never fail to put on respective shows.
Don't forget the Golden State Warriors, who made a few solid acquisitions this offseason.
Back to the east for one last matchup to touch on.
This is going to be one for the ages, in that it will only get better as the years go on. Chicago and Miami. I can see a rivalry brewing now.
The Bulls are no longer babies, and the Heat are no longer preparing for the summer of 2010. Chicago loaded up with Carlos Boozer and Kyler Korver, adding to an already young and talented core of Derrick Rose, Loul Deng and Joakim Noah. And of course Miami added the talents of LeBron James and Chris Bosh as well as key role players.
The Bulls—Heat matchup will provide plenty of excitement in the next decade, and this year will be just the start.
Overall this NBA season is going to be packed with dynamite as every season is. For true fans of the game each and every night provides entertainment.
These are some of the matchups I'm looking forward to, how about the readers?