Today the NBA released the schedule for the 2011-12 regular season, which was seen as an odd move by many – seeing as there is hardly a guarantee that the season will happen in any capacity. It inspired me to come up with a daily schedule of when I become an astronaut (ASTRONAUT UPDATE: I have yet to print the NASA application.).
Yet, lockout or no, the schedule was released. Said schedule opens with the Chicago Bulls visiting the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks. In addition to hosting the opening game of the season, winning the NBA crown nets the Mavs bagging the most nationally televised games (30, tied for most with Boston). The Bulls’ best regular season record and the New York Knicks’ staggering one game over .500 are good enough to earn 29 nationally televised games apiece. The normal champ in this category, the LA Lakers, and the Miami Heat each have 28. One of the Bulls’ 29 will be on the showcase that is Christmas Day, when they will travel through the smog, battle the Lakers, and presumably feed the world.
Of course, all of this is contingent upon the NBA actually having a season. The latest reports have the players and owners being far away from agreeing to any deal. Hence, a shortened season is a very likely possibility and a campaign-less 2011-12 period could be in the cards. With that said, I am wondering if they even bothered putting together the schedule for the Sacramento Kings.