The NBA released the full schedule for this coming season Wednesday. This will include an extended All-Star break, national television showcases (Chicago, Cleveland and OKC leading the way with 25 each), and some great matchups featuring the NBA’s biggest stars and rivalries.
The NBA season consist of 1,230-games, and for the first time in history it will include an extended All-Star break. The last games before the break are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 12, and the first ones after the break won’t start until Thursday, Feb. 19. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will be held Feb. 15 at The Garden in New York.
Cleveland fans that are super excited over the homecoming of LeBron James, will have to contain their excitement for a few days until the Cavs make their debut on Oct. 30 at Quicken Loans Arena against the New York Knicks. The Cavaliers will play the next night, too, at Chicago in Derrick Rose’s first home game after missing all but 10 games in the last two seasons because of knee injuries. Rose will be joined in the Bulls lineup by Pau Gasol, who left the Lakers as a free agent over the summer. […] The Spurs and Cavaliers will both be headline attractions in the NBA’s annual Christmas Day spectacular that features five different matchups, coast-to-coast. San Antonio will be at home to face last season’s Western Conference finals opponent, Oklahoma City (2 p.m. ET, ABC). James will make his first trip back to Miami, where he won two titles in four years with the Heat, for an afternoon game (5 p.m. ET, ABC) against friends Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat.