Friday, December 2, 2011
Celtics-Knicks Confirmed For Christmas Afternoon, Thank You Donald Stern
I have held off on NBA talk since frankly, until training camp begins next week, I really could care less. Sure the Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul rumors are intriguing but if I wrote posts based solely on Twitter and Internet talk, I would spend my entire life on the blog.
Finally, we have some concrete news. The Celtics and Knicks will officially kick off the 66-game 2011-12 season with a Christmas day meeting at 12 p.m. on TNT. The game at Madison Square Garden will serve as the opener for a juicy five-game slate on the year's most overrated holiday. It's also a rematch of Boston's first-round sweep of New York in last season's playoffs.
Miami travels to Dallas, for a Finals rematch at 2:30 p.m. on ABC. The Bulls go to the Lakers at 5 p.m., also on ABC. The Magic visit the Thunder at 8 p.m. on ESPN and it's all wrapped up by the one clunker of the day: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. No worries though, since you'll probably be asleep by then, safe in the knowledge that the next Christmas is 365 days away.
Training camp begins for Boston on Thursday at their practice facility in Waltham rather than Newport, RI like the last few years. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will be working the phones since his team has potentially eight open roster spots.
I expect Jeff Green, Delonte West and Glen Davis (their three best bench players) to all return but other than that, they'll most likely have to make due with cheap veterans and possibly undrafted rookies.
The Celtics and Raptors play two preseason games (Boston's only preseason contests) on December 18 and 21. The NBA will announce the rest of the regular season schedules on Tuesday, stay tuned.
Whatever happens, it promises to be a very interesting NBA season-something you can't usually say.