Certainly an exciting day on the basketball calendar is the announcement of the NBA schedule for the upcoming 2014/15 season and undoubtedly it has introduced some mouth watering ties with intriguing sub plots.
The off-season is drawing to a close with training camp on the horizon and now the road map for all NBA teams has been laid out with this year's schedule becoming a reality this afternoon.
With all 2,460 games now confirmed and nearly every night containing a basketball match for you tune in live too, you'll be very interested to spot where the marquee match-ups of the season will commence.
LeBron's second-coming in Cleveland
With all the hype surrounding the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, there is no better place to start than where the 'King' will first be throwing talcum powder into the air as part of the Cavaliers once more.
The Cavs play host to the visiting New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony on October 30 which will be the first game for James since he 'returned home'.
The other fantastically poised contest that revs up the imagination is James facing the Heat in South Beach and it has been scheduled for none other than Christmas day.
Black Mamba back in action
Kobe Bryant will surely be itching to return to the hardwood and NBA fans are already excited over his triumphant comeback at the Staples Center, when the LA Lakers face the Houston Rockets on October 28.
This particular NBA season may also create history with the opportunity of Bryant overtaking the great Michael Jordan on the all-time leading scorers list.
Bryant currently stands at 31,700, trailing Jordan (32,292) by 592 points. If the Lakers shooting guard were to average 20 points a game from the start of the campaign, he could catch the landmark after 30 games.
This would mean that around Christmas time Bryant could move up to 3rd in NBA history, the game could be the meeting between the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls (Jordan's former team) on Christmas Day.
Return of the Champs
The NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs will feature in the opening day of the new season and will tip-off things against the Dallas Mavericks on October 28.
Unsurprisingly the Spurs hold the NBA's best record for opening day match-ups, going an incredible 16-1 in their franchises history. Their only loss coming to the Phoenix Suns in 2008.
Dallas made some key off-season additions with Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler, however the Mavericks will look to overcome their heartbreaking seven game series playoff loss to the Spurs last season and kick off their campaign with a victory over the reigning champions.
The Spurs will have a championship rematch with the Miami Heat on February 2, but the tie has lost some of its glamour with the departure of LeBron from south beach.
Finally for Derrick Rose
Rose may have convinced a few Chicago fans that he is healthy with his performances for the US national team but the rest of the NBA is still in full anticipation of whether the Chicago point guard is ready to return once more.
Only 24 hours after the Spurs kick off the new season, the Bulls will travel to Madison Square Gardens as Rose will make his long awaited second comeback in a ball game against the New York Knicks.
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