Been missing NBA basketball? Yes, we all have since the last action was game 6 of the Finals on June 12th. The NBA's regular season return on Christmas Day will try to fill that hunger with games all day long. The standard set of three games, originally scheduled as Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers has been augmented with two additional games: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, according to nba.com.
Full schedule (all times EST)
If you live in Arizona, that's live NBA action starting at 10AM and running until about 11PM. Featured players include Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry. Not a bad way to start things after the lockout, eh?
I encourage you all to spend a lot of time conversing with your family and friends on the holiday. But, you know, the conversation might contain a lot of NBA talk.
Update 12/2/11 2:00PM PST : The Phoenix Suns preseason will consist of two games against the Nuggets, at Denver on December 20th and in Phoenix on December 22nd, according to SBN Arizona.
Update II 12/2/11 3:25PM PST: You may have already noticed, but it's back to business as usual at nba.com. After 155 days of the league's official website not showing images or videos of current NBA players, they're all back today in another step to league operations returning to fully normal. Now, when do we find out how much League Pass will cost this year?