Notes from NBA TV’s Coverage of the NBA Tip-Off ’10 Schedule Announcement- Tuesday, August 3, 2010: Heat vs. Lakers Christmas Day Matchup

Not that far off when you think about it. Stakes will be higher than this…

The 2010-2011 NBA season will be one of the most anticipated for as far as I can remember. When this Christmas rolls around, barring injury of course, four teams should be rockin’ it out for the best record in the league, Miami, Los Angeles, Oklahoma and Orlando. Of course Denver and Boston will be sniffing the doorstep. South Beach Soultron vs all the glamor and glitz of Tinseltown with all the sights, sounds, smells and of course, tastes of the holiday will be a great night cap to the day…just don’t fall asleep…

NBA TIP OFF ’10 PRESENTED BY KIA MOTORS

DATE GAME NETWORK TIME (ET)
10/26 Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics TNT 7:30 p.m.
10/26 Houston Rockets @ L.A. Lakers TNT 10:30 p.m.
10/27 Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN 8 p.m.
10/27 Portland Trail Blazers @ L.A. Clippers ESPN 10:30 p.m.
10/28 Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic TNT 8 p.m.
10/28 Phoenix Suns @ Utah Jazz TNT 10:30 p.m.
10/29 Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat ESPN 8 p.m.
10/29 L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix Suns ESPN 10:30 p.m.
10/30 Denver Nuggets @ Houston Rockets NBA TV 8:30 p.m.
10/31 Utah Jazz @ Oklahoma City Thunder NBA TV 7 p.m.
11/1 Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls NBA TV 8 p.m.
11/2 Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards NBA TV 7 p.m.

HOLIDAY NATIONAL TELEVISION GAMES

DATE GAME NETWORK TIME (ET)
12/25 Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks ESPN 12 p.m.
12/25 Boston Celtics @ Orlando Magic ABC 2:30 p.m.
12/25 Miami Heat @ L.A. Lakers ABC 5 p.m.
12/25 Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN 8 p.m.
12/25 Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors ESPN 10:30 p.m.
1/17 Chicago Bulls @ Memphis Grizzlies ESPN 1 p.m.
1/17 Sacramento Kings @ Atlanta Hawks NBA TV 4 p.m.
1/17 Orlando Magic @ Boston Celtics TNT 8 p.m.
1/17 Oklahoma City Thunder @ L.A. Lakers TNT 10:30 p.m.

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NBA Tip-Off ’10 Schedule Announcement

Rick Kamla, Chris Webber and Craig Sager

Webber on Shaquille O’Neal potentially signing with the Boston Celtics: “(O’Neal) could easily start on 20 (other) teams but if he wants to come off the bench, it’ll be easier on his body.  He won’t have to get hurt during the season like he has over the past four or five years.  It’s a veteran team and when I got to play with a veteran team like the Pistons, they knew how to treat you different than the (younger) teams that got beat up for no reason.  He’s going to be able to see his trainers and he won’t have to practice a lot.  If he goes into the playoffs playing strong and maybe has an agreement with them to start then, you never know.”

Webber on the Miami Heat: “This is the first pre-celebration team that I’ve ever seen but (Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade) have already shown their commitment to winning by taking less money.  They left $50 million on the table between the three guys and if you are that gung-ho about giving up that money, you’ll be that gung-ho about leaving their egos at the door.  I do think that because Dwyane and LeBron play the same sort of position, at times it will be clashing because both of those guys need the ball in their hands.”

TNT analyst Kenny Smith joined the NBA TV studio show via satellite

Smith on Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant: “I think (Durant) is going to be the best basketball player on the planet.  I think he offers that much to the game.  It showed in the Lakers (playoff) series last year.  He is capable of taking his team to seven games and they pushed the Lakers harder than anybody in the Playoffs.  Kevin Durant is in the mix.  I think LeBron James is numero uno but Kevin Durant is in the passenger seat.”

Smith on teams playing on Christmas Day: “(As a player), you love the marquee games.  You love that everybody is at home but you.  It feels like a playoff atmosphere because when you turn on the television, there’s no one but you on the game.  That’s why most players look forward to NBA on TNT Thursdays.  There’s no one else playing on Thursday nights so you can’t go watch another game.  If you want to watch basketball, you have to watch TNT and you have to watch them on Christmas Day.  No one wants to pass that up.  Those (Christmas) presents are going to be there and it actually might cost you less on Christmas Day because you don’t have to buy as many gifts.”

Smith on the Heat being a favorite to win the NBA Championship: “I don’t think that you can buy a championship but I think (the Heat) put themselves in position where they are in the showroom to actually get (an NBA Championship).  They have assembled talent that we haven’t seen together at one time in terms of those three guys being so highly rated in this era.  This is an opportunity of a lifetime for those three players and not for one year.  They are talking about an eight to nine year run when every year; they are going to be talked about as winning it every single year.”

TNT analyst Steve Kerr joined the NBA TV studio show via satellite

Kerr on the league being in a point guard era: “It’s really incredible to watch.  You’ve got some of the older guys like Steve Nash who is still lighting it up and dominating games.  You’ve got Derrick Rose and I can’t wait to see John Wall with the Wizards and of course Deron Williams, Chris Paul.  There’s an unbelievable line of point guards now.  It’s definitely a point guard era that we’re in right now.”

Kerr on the Chicago Bulls being the most well-rounded team in the Eastern Conference: “I actually think that (the Bulls) are the most well-rounded team in the East (Conference).  Obviously, Miami has the most talent but when you look at Chicago’s mix, they’ve got two unbelievable frontcourt defenders with (Joakim) Noah and Taj Gibson, they’ve got the great point guard play of Derrick Rose and now you’ve got the low-post scoring that Chicago has been lacking for years with (Carlos) Boozer.  I just really like that mix.  They’ve done a nice job of quietly putting some pieces in there on the wings with Kyle Korver and (Ronnie) Brewer.  They’ve got a really deep mix of players and I think they are going to be really good.”

7 Responses to “Notes from NBA TV’s Coverage of the NBA Tip-Off ’10 Schedule Announcement- Tuesday, August 3, 2010: Heat vs. Lakers Christmas Day Matchup”

  1. TC says:

    CWebb said what I’ve been saying about LBJ and DWades’ games overlapping to a significant extent. They play similar games and I just wonder if at times they’re gonna find one or the other of them standing around, being a spectator.

  2. Origin says:

    I wouldn’t doubt that TC. But I believe Lebron will play the point forward defensive stopper Pippen role. And Wade will play the take over the game scoring hit the last second jumper Michael Jordan role.

    They will be fine.

  3. GrandNubian says:

    The ‘Big Shamrock’ is coming to Boston? This should add to the 2011 season’s anticipation. :-)

  4. KevDog says:

    When the dust settles, 2011 NBA finals

    Lakers/Celtics….AGAIN!

  5. TC says:

    No doubt KevDog! And Lakers will win it. Believe it. Origin – I don’t doubt they’ll be fine. Maybe I’m doubting them too much. I just can’t wait to see how it all goes down.

  6. Origin says:

    Brotha Kev it wouldn’t surprise me if it is Lakers and celtics one last time. Especially if Rasheed comes back and the celtics sign Shaq Fu.

    Thats one heck of a front line……..Big Baby, Perkins, Garnett, Rasheed, Shaq and J. Oneal.

    Man thats unreal.

  7. Mizzo says:

    Ya’ll buggin. South Beach Soultron kisses Eva Mendes in June. Book that shit.

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