If you wanted interesting NBA news, then the release of the schedules is going to be the most newsworthy event that will tide the fiendish fans of basketball until the season opener.
For the Miami Heat, that day is Tuesday, October 29th against their semifinals opponent this past postseason, the Chicago Bulls.
Not only will the Heat be receiving their rings, but they’ll also be the first team to get a glimpse at the fully-recovered Derrick Rose. The Bulls’ MVP point guard sat out the entirety of the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL he suffered in Game 1 of his team’s first-round series against Philadelphia back in the 2012 playoffs.
The Heat open up the year with a back-to-back, as well as three games in four nights. The third game will be the Brooklyn Nets, now featuring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, home opener.
The opening months to Miami’s seasons is a smooth trail before it turns into treacherous terrain later on, such as 18 games being played in the month of March. However, Miami doesn’t experice a four-game road-trip until early December.
That road trip finalizes with the Heat stepping back into the unfriendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers. It’s the first game between the two teams most likely to play in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami doesn’t take on its first Western Conference road trip until Christmas when they play the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat take on the New York Knicks for the first time on January 9th, a Thursday nightcap that will no doubt be featured on TNT. That starts a six-game roadie for the Heat, which features a contest with the Nets the night after.
San Antonio steps into the American Airlines Arena for the first Finals rematch of the year not until January 26th. Although it will be a while until the Spurs and Heat face off, that matchup will occur during what is sure to be an entertaining stretch of games.
Before their game against the Spurs, Miami takes on the Lakers on the 23rd, the Oklahoma City Thunder on the 29th and the Knicks on the 1st of February.
Miami’s second game against San Antonio won’t be until March 6th, which occurs in the middle of a road trip that has the Heat playing against the new-look Houston Rockets two nights before.
Other notable games include the Heat’s first visit back to Cleveland on November 27th, a first look at the revamped Detroit Pistons on December 3rd and the Knicks visiting the American Airlines Arena for the first time on February 27th.
The Nets come to Miami for the first time on March 12th.
I get the Knicks aren’t actual legitimate competition in the grand scheme on things, but it’s always fun to see LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony go at it.
For those interested in the full schedule, check it out.