With a tentative deal reached early Saturday morning between NBA Team Owners and players, schedule makers for the Association are now getting busy revising the schedule for the shortened season in the NBA. Although a revised schedule has yet to be released to the media, “ESPN.com” has reported that the 66-game campaign will run from December 25 through April 26. With 16 games being chopped off of the schedule, it appears that each franchise in the Association will play just 18 games against teams outside of their conference.
The website has reported that according to their sources the schedule that is being put together will feature 48 conference games for each team, meaning that not every team in the Association will make a trip to every city in the NBA. Whether that will affect long-time rivalries such as the Boston Celtics vs. the Los Angeles Lakers remains to be seen. However, the schedule makers will most likely get some pressure from ESPN, TNT and ABC to keep as many high-profile matchups in the new schedule as possible.
The regular season will tip-off on Christmas day with a NBA triple-header. The original schedule had the Boston Celtics taking on the New York Knicks, followed by the Miami Heat in Dallas to face the Mavericks and ending the day with the Chicago Bulls heading to the Staples center to play the Los Angeles Lakers. There has been no announcement whether those three games will still go on as scheduled, or if the Association decides to put different games on the docket.