If there is one thing the NBA does especially well, it’s picking the right teams to kick off the regular season. With arguably the biggest story of the offseason being Ray Allen hopping ship to South Beach, the league is taking advantage by bringing its fans what should be a ratings bonanza right off the bat. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel the Celtics and Heat will kick off the regular season on October 30th next season in Miami, as Allen faces his former teammates in the place their season ended last June.
To further add to the intrigue, the Heat will likely receive their first championship rings in a ceremony before the game, as the Eastern Conference runner-ups are forced to watch, knowing they were the squad that gave Miami their toughest test last postseason. It’s also the second time in the past three seasons Boston has opened the season with Miami, as the C’s hosted LeBron and company in his Heat debut in October 2010 at TD Garden.
The remainder of the NBA schedule will be released Friday, but be prepared for a number of additional leaks throughout the week as the C’s will be sure to be playing in additional high profile affairs, as they have for the last few season. Boston won’t match up again with the Heat on Christmas, as the defending champs will face off with the Oklahoma City. You can count on Boston being on the slate for the fifth straight season on Christmas Day (perhaps battling New York or the Lakers?). A steady stream of TNT, ABC, and ESPN games have to be expected as well with the re-tooled Celtic roster making them more of a contender than ever in the Eastern Conference. We’ll keep you posted on any additional schedule information as it comes out in the coming days.
In the meantime, just 98 days and counting until Boston and Allen face off for the first time in six years.