The NBA released it's schedule this past week of all 1,230 games. Here are a few games I'm looking forward to the most. This past season I was more focused on college basketball but with the widespread player movement this summer the upcoming season should be very interesting. My only disappointment is that Kevin Durant loses another season to injury so we will have to wait until 20-21 to see him take over the hardwood in Brooklyn.
Here are the games I'm looking forward to the most.
Vince Carter's Final Season-
This isn't so much a specific game as it is his entire season. He signed a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks and will finish his career in Atlanta. For me, Vince Carter is one of my favorite players. His Toronto Raptors jersey one of 2 jerseys I've ever purchase (the other being Hakeem Olajuwon). So to see him finally retire is the end of an era personally.
Final Game- Atlanta vs. Cleveland, Wednesday, April 15 (Happy Tax Day!)
Texas Games- Atlanta at Dallas, Saturday, February 1; Atlanta at San Antonio, Friday, January 17
Time for a Road Trip-
I've been able to travel around the world the past few years and realized earlier this summer I could add a stamp to my passport and watch some hoops at the same time. Depending on how things line up over the next few months an extended weekend trip to Mexico City might be in order. Both the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs head south of the border in December to play the Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns.
If the trip to our southern neighbor doesn't work out, I've been thinking of doing a road trip to see some different colleges in play in Texas and could easily pair those dates with a Texas Triangle road trip of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
College and NBA Combo-
Contining my quest to see games at 7 of the most historic gyms in college basketball, Cameron Indoor Stadium is on the radar for this season. While Duke hasn't released it's ACC conference schedule we are planning to go in January to visit the Cameron Crazies. As apart of the trip I'm hopefully to see a Charlotte Hornets game while in North Carolina. Early in January they have what should be good games against the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. As well as matchups with the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks to round out the home schedule for the month.
The Obvious Ones-
These are the few everyone will be waiting to see and you won't have to wait long:
LA Clippes vs. LA Lakers- October 22nd (Kawhi/PG vs. LeBron/AD)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets- October 24 (Giannis vs. Harden)
LA Clippers vs. Houston Rockets- November 13 (Top 2 teams in the West?)
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets- November 27 (Kyrie returns to Boston)
Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers- December 11 (Kawhi goes back to Toronto)
Philadephia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks- December 25 (Top 2 teams in the East?)