2010 NBA Draft and Offseason Blog

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NBA Announced Nationally Televised Game Schedule - Aug. 4

The NBA announced its national television schedule for Tip-Off and select national holiday games, including Christmas and Martin Luther King Day.

The league begins the season with a TNT doubleheader, earlier than usual this year: Tuesday, Oct. 26. The 2010-11 season will mark Turner Sports' 27th consecutive campaign of broadcasting NBA games. In the season opener, the "fantasy team" of Miami Heat (Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade) are shipped up to Boston to take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics led by the Boston Three Party (7:30 p.m. ET tip).

The nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET features the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets and Yao Ming (if he's healthy).

ESPN opens on Wednesday, Oct. 27 with a doubleheader, beginning with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls visiting the Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. ET. Game two features the Portland Trail Blazers at the Los Angeles Clippers (Blake Griffin's long overdue debut).

TNT will continues the 2010-11 schedule with another doubleheader on Thursday, Oct. 28. Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic will open their new Amway Center by welcoming John Wall, the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and the Washington Wizards/Bullets for an 8 p.m. ET tip-off. In the second game, Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz entertain Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 p.m. ET.

NBA TV will tip off four consecutive days Saturday, Oct. 30 with the Rockets welcoming Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. ET. Sunday, Oct. 31, has Utah visiting Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. ET, and followed on Monday, Nov. 1, with the Bulls hosting Portland.

Christmas Day Features Five Games

Christmas Day features five nationally televised games. ABC opens season with a doubleheader, as the Magic host the Celtics at 2:30 p.m. ET. In game two, the Heat travel to the Los Angeles Lakers at 5 p.m. ET. ESPN will also televise three games on Christmas Day, starting at 12 p.m. ET when the Bulls visit the New York Knicks, followed by an evening doubleheader featuring the Nuggets at Thunder at 8 p.m. ET and the Portland Blazers-Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET.

NBA Celebrates Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 17 includes four nationally televised contests. On ESPN, the Bulls square off with the Grizzlies at 1 p.m. ET. NBA TV will showcase the Sacramento Kings and Tyreke Evans visiting the Atlanta Hawks at 4 p.m. ET. TNT features an evening doubleheader, Boston and Orlando, at 8 p.m. ET, with the Thunder and the Lakers following.

The remainder of the 2010-11 NBA regular season schedule will be completed and announced next Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

Four-Team Trade - 8/12
More with Ted Leonsis: Turning around the Washington Wizards - 8/11
Ted Leonsis Taking Washington Wizards on a New Path - 8/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 8/5 (Shaq)
NBA Announced Nationally Televised Game Schedule - 8/4
Michigan State Dismisses Chris Allen - 8/4
2011 NBA Free Agents - 7/30
2010 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/29
2010 NBA Offseason Winners - 7/28
Larry Bird Ranked Worst NBA GM - 7/27
Chris Paul Possible Trades - 7/26
Tracy McGrady to Chicago looking Extremely Likely - 7/26
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/24 (Kurt Thomas)
2011 NBA Draft Trades - 7/24
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/23 (Jefferson)
John Hammond May Have One More Transaction Up His Sleeve - 7/23
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/20 (Kleiza)
Evan Turner vs. Purdue Fans in Heated Twitter Trash Talk - 7/19
Top 10 2010 NBA Free Agents Available - 7/18
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/18 (Brad Miller)
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/17 (Brewer)
Magic Match Offer Sheet for J.J. Redick - 7/17
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/16
How Does Wesley Matthews Fit in Portland? - 7/16
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/15
Jefferson-Chandler Trades Analysis - 7/14
Michael Redd Era Over in Milwaukee - 7/14
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/13
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis (Last Weekend's) - 7/13
Childress-Turkoglu-Morrow Trades Analysis - 7/13
Sixers' Evan Turner Struggled in Summer League - 7/13
Specific Details of NCAA Tournament Expansion Announced Today - 7/13
Bulls Sign Kyle Korver, Offer Sheet to J.J. Redick - 7/11
Brainwashed Timberwolves Fans Fail to See the Light - 7/10
Winner in LeBron Sweepstakes? Milwaukee Bucks - 7/10
Larry Sanders Brings a Unique Skill Set to Milwaukee - 7/10
LeBron James to Miami Heat Recap - 7/9
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/9
Knicks-Warriors David Lee Trade Analysis - 7/9
Timberwolves-Heat Michael Beasley Trade Analysis - 7/9
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami Heat - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/8
The LeBron James Show - 7/8
Carlos Boozer Signs with Bulls - 7/8
Profiling Milwaukee's Potential Point Guards - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/7
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/7
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/6
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/6
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/5
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/4
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/3
It's Not LeBron or Bust for the Bulls - 7/3
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/2
2010 NBA Free Agency: Day 1 - 7/2
Former NBA Player Kendall Gill on the Bulls Free Agent Prospects - 7/2
2010 NBA Draft Day Trades - 6/25
Foreign Flavor Losing Flair in NBA Draft - 6/24
Bucks-Warriors Corey Maggette Trade - 6/23
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/22
76ers-Kings Samuel Dalembert Trade - 6/18
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/3
2010 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/17
Evan Turner's Flaws - 5/13
Where Will Joe Johnson Go? - 5/12
Bulls Could Use Oklahoma State's James Anderson - 5/10
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 5/9
2010 NBA Draft Early Entries - 5/9
Debate's Over: Deron Williams is the Best Point Guard - 5/8
Someone to Be Drafted from DePaul? Yes, Really - 5/7
Gani Lawal: Testing the NBA Draft Waters - 5/6
Can De'Sean Butler Be Mr. Clutch in the NBA? - 5/5
Derrick Favors: No. 1 Big Man on 2010 NBA Draft Boards - 5/4
Jordan Crawford: More Than the Guy Who Dunked on LeBron - 5/3
Devin Ebanks is an NBA Draft Wildcard - 5/3
Where Will Dwayne Wade Go? - 5/1
Where Will Chris Bosh Go? - 5/1
2010 NBA Trade Deadline Grades - 2/19
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