The NBA schedule is set to be officially released Tuesday night on NBA TV, but already bits and pieces are starting to be leaked. Here's a run-down.
- One interesting nugget has dropped out via the L.A. Times. The Lakers open the season with a dreaded back-to-back-to-back set of games, which includes Dec. 25 at home against the Bulls, Dec. 26 at Sacramento and Dec. 27 at home against Utah. How's that for a start?
- Each team will have at least one set of back-to-back-to-back games in its schedule with no more than three. According to the report, the Lakers don't have another set other than the one they open with.
- So if you're an NBA conspiracy theorist, you'll see this as the league favoring the older Lakers (read: Kobe's knees) by getting their back-to-back-to-back out of the way early before they're bogged down with five games in six nights and long weeks of game piled in
- Keep in mind though: The Lakers will be without Andrew Bynum for the first five games of the season because of his suspension in last season's playoffs for trying to decapitate J.J. Barea.
- Also of note: Because of the shortened season, the Lakers won't travel to every NBA city. The Lake Show won't be gracing Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, Charlotte or Indianapolis with their presence. Dwight Howard won't be visiting his potential new home either. The Magic won't be traveling to the Staples Center.
- The Grizzlies get the other end of the stick. The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that after opening the season against the Spurs in a rematch of their first round playoff series, the first win in Grizzlies franchise history, Memphis will play Miami and Boston, but only on the road. They will also get Chicago as one of their Eastern opponents who they play twice in a season, and in a three-game set with the Lakers, will play on the road at Staples Center two out of those three games. In short, the Grizzlies will face four of the top five teams in the league five times. That's pretty rough.
- The Suns have a mixed sched. They have to play Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and Boston on the road, but they only play them once. They do play San Antonio, LA, and Dallas four times. That's a pretty rough bit. Other than that, though, the Suns ave a comfier set. Their visiting East opponents are Atlanta, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. On the other end of it, the six teams they play four times in the West include four playoff teams plus Houston and Blake Giffin.