Cavaliers' LeBron James smiles as he is introduced at his
homecoming at InfoCision Stadium Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in
NEW YORK —
LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining the
Cleveland Cavaliers at home Oct. 30 against New York, then return
to Miami for the first time on Christmas.
The NBA regular
season will open Oct. 28, with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs
hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of the three games that night.
released its schedule, featuring a lengthened All-Star break, on
Wednesday night during an NBA TV special, with James' return to
his original NBA team putting the Cavaliers in a number of prime
That includes the
game at Miami in the third spot on the five-game Christmas
schedule, traditionally a highlight of the NBA season. James led
the Heat to two championships and four NBA Finals appearances in
four years before deciding to return to his native Ohio.
Christmas day games are: Washington at New York; Oklahoma City at
San Antonio in a rematch of the Western Conference finals; the Los
Angeles Lakers at Chicago; and Golden State at the Los Angeles
The nightcap is a
rematch of a testy Christmas night matchup from last season that
featured multiple ejections. The Clippers then went on to beat the
Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
The last game
before the All-Star break in New York is Feb. 12, when the
Cavaliers visit the Bulls. The regular season doesn't resume until
the following Thursday, two days later than usual, with a
doubleheader on TNT.
opening night closes with Houston visiting the Lakers, which
should feature Kobe Bryant's return from an injury-shortened
2013-14 season. Derrick Rose's first regular-season action since
season-ending knee surgery early last season should come the next
night, when Chicago visits the Knicks on the first full night of
Other items of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, four televised nationally, is
highlighted by another Cleveland-Chicago matchup.
—The NBA Finals
rematches between the Spurs and Heat are scheduled for Feb. 6 in
San Antonio and March 31 in Miami.
—If a Kevin
Love trade to Cleveland is completed, his return to Minnesota
would be Jan. 31.
game in San Antonio since his final one in a Miami uniform is
heads back to Los Angeles for the first time since leaving the
Lakers for Chicago on Jan. 29.
first visit to Brooklyn since leaving the Nets to coach Milwaukee
is Nov. 19.
games scheduled for Mexico City (Houston-Minnesota on Nov. 12) and
London (New York-Milwaukee on Jan. 15).
televise 53 regular-season games, including an opening night
doubleheader and 19 Thursday night doubleheaders, along with the
Feb. 13-15 All-Star festivities.
—ESPN has 75
games in the regular season and ABC will show 15. NBA TV will
televise 97 games.
season ends April 15.