HoopsHype Schedule rumors

October 23, 2013 Updates

Ira Winderman: The NBA approves return to 2-2-1-1-1 scheduling for NBA Finals. Extra day off between Games 6 and 7, but could still be tight between 4-5-6. Twitter @IraHeatBeat

In the last scheduled Board of Governors meeting of Stern’s tenure, the competition committee’s unanimous recommendation to switch back to a 2-2-1-1-1 home/road schedule of games will be voted on Wednesday in New York. If approved, the switch likely would be made beginning with the 2014 Finals in June, NBA.com has learned. A desire to align the NBA’s championship series with the format of its other postseason rounds (all 2-2-1-1-1), and questions about the 2-3-2's effect on home-court advantage have been driving discussion of the change. Stern – who took over as commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984 – presided over the Finals-only switch that began in 1985. But air travel snags and fatigues prevalent when teams flew commercially have been alleviated by luxury charter flights. NBA.com

October 9, 2013 Updates

With exhibition games all over the globe, what’s the next smart step for the league? More overseas regular-season games? Expansion? A team in Europe? Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: I’ll vote for “more overseas regular-season games” and then hope like heck that NBA.com deems them must-cover with its lineup of intrepid scribes. But as far as anchoring a franchise in Europe, I don’t buy the logistics. Expansion to Seattle and one other North American city for an even 32 teams is something we see, I think, sometime in the Adam Silver administration. For now, though, I’d settle for something approximately a 1-to-1 affiliation of the NBA D-League/NBA system. NBA.com

October 7, 2013 Updates
September 30, 2013 Updates

The NBA is expected to make a major change to its traditional Finals schedule, ending the 2-3-2 format and returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 game rotation used in all other playoff rounds, multiple sources told ESPN.com. The league's competition committee has voted to recommend the change to the league's board of directors. "The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well-received and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Sunday. ESPN.com

September 16, 2013 Updates

A '50s-style throwback basketball court with a dark parquet floor and retro scoreboards is the centerpiece of a $19 million indoor athletic complex set to open next month. The Sanford Pentagon's 3,250-seat Heritage Court will make its prime-time debut Oct. 10 with an NBA preseason game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Milwaukee Bucks. The arena will soon serve as home for a NBA development league's Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sanford Sports Complex General Manager Eric Larsen says the goal was to create a setting that feels like the "Hoosiers"-era. He says when fans walk into the Heritage Court, they'll feel they're back in the '50s or '60s. keloland.com

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August 15, 2013 Updates

Royce Young: NBA announces preseason kicks off October 5th in Istanbul (not Constantinople) when the Thunder take on Fenerbahce Ulker. Twitter @EyeOnBasketball

Howard Beck: Knicks will play 7 preseason games, first 6 on the road: 10/9 at BOS, 10/11 at TOR, 10/12 at BOS, 10/17 at WAS, 10/21 at TOR, 10/23 at MIL Twitter @HowardBeckNYT

August 14, 2013 Updates

Brian Mahoney: Could have a chance to feel a little closer to NBA time soon. Full preseason schedule announcement perhaps by the end of the week. Twitter @briancmahoney

August 12, 2013 Updates

Through a multi-year agreement between the two franchises, the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat alternate hosting the other each NBA preseason. The arrangement benefited New Orleans in 2012 in the form of a preseason ESPN national TV game at Miami. This year, the deal means the Heat are coming back to the Crescent City in October, as they also did in 2010. The defending two-time NBA champions will face the Pelicans in the renovated New Orleans Arena at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. NBA.com

The Oct. 19 preseason game at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena between the Pelicans and Wizards is a hot ticket. The teams feature former UK standouts Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and John Wall. Davis and Wall were No. 1 overall draft picks. NBA.com

August 7, 2013 Updates

With the Mavs having nine new players on their roster, trying to weave those players into a rotation while also playing some of the league's toughest teams will be a major challenge for coach Rick Carlisle. "We have to play what the league gives us,'' Cuban said. "It's going to be an exciting season no matter who we play or when or how!'' The Mavs' schedule includes five different homestands consisting of at least three games. That includes a four-game homestand from Jan. 26-Feb. 3 against Detroit, Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Aside from the Los Angeles Lakers’ outsized amount of national TV games, the other major takeaway from the NBA’s 2013-14 schedule release is the Miami Heat’s holiday workload. The two-time defending champions have games on Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas Day, and what’s more, they’re both on the road. Veteran Heat forward Shane Battier isn’t thrilled with this development: Shane Battier: The schedule I got said that we are on the road for Xmas and Turkey Day. I think I received a bad copy. For The Win

As we dig into the particulars of the 2013-14 NBA schedule which was released on Tuesday, the amount of nationally televised games awarded to teams is an interesting indicator of perceived interest or predicted success. But as we’re learning more and more, it’s mostly an indication of market size. The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks lead the league in nationally televised appearances with 33 apiece, and the Lakers are fourth on that list with 29 behind the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 30. By comparison, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are slated to have just 27 of their games seen by a national audience. NBCSports.com

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