There very well may not be an NBA season in 2011-12, but that won’t stop anyone (read: the NBA) from pretending like next season is some forgone conclusion.
Although the official schedules won’t come out until 2 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, various sources are already leaking the more juicy details of the year that won’t be. Specifically, they’re mostly leaking information relating to the only teams that people are clamoring away to hear about: the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers will likely open up the year on November 1 (yeah right) versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Furthermore, as usual, the Lakers will be in action on Christmas Day squaring off against Derrick Rose and the ever-exciting Chicago Bulls (maybe).
Also on the agenda for Christmas Day, according to the Miami Herald, is a 2011 NBA Finals rematch between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks (possibly).
Rounding out the Christmas Day magic, according to Barbara Barker of Newsday, is the New York Knicks versus the Boston Celtics (perhaps) in a throwback to one of the more surprisingly thrilling first round series of this past year’s postseason.
Obviously, all of the aforementioned games will only take place if, and only if, the league and players association come to some sort of collective bargaining agreement over the next few months. If not, then all of this talk is moot and fans can expect to see at best a severely shortened season and, at worst, a completely lost year.
Keeping checking back to Opposing Views throughout the day as we bring you the latest NBA schedule gossip, and continue to perpetuate the myth that there will be a season next year.