2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Schedule Released

VIA ESPN

Miami’s championship defense will begin where they won last season’s title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at home against their now-crosstown rival.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat will raise their title banner at home on Oct. 30 against the Boston Celtics as part of an opening-night tripleheader, meaning Ray Allen’s first game with Miami will come against his former club and in a rematch of last season’s seven-game Eastern Conference finals.

Also on opening night, Washington visits Cleveland (technically the season’s first game, starting an hour earlier than the Boston-Miami matchup) and Dallas plays at the Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash’s debut as Kobe Bryant’s teammate.

“We all know this season is a very important one. We’d like to get back on top as a team,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Thursday in London, where he and the Spanish national team were wrapping up preparations for the start of the Olympics.

The Nets, having now moved from New Jersey, will open the year Nov. 1 at home against the New York Knicks — whose Manhattan home is about six miles north of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. And NBA finalist Oklahoma City starts the season that same night, playing at San Antonio in a Western Conference finals rematch.

A dozen games are on the first Friday night of the season, including ESPN’s opening doubleheader — Miami at New York (8 p.m. ET), followed by the Clippers against the Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).

Jeremy Lin won’t be in that Knicks-Nets opener — his return to Madison Square Garden comes Dec. 17. The Knicks play in Houston on Nov. 23.

As for the NBA Finals rematches, both will get national-television treatment. The Thunder visit the Heat as part of a five-game slate on Christmas Day (to be aired on ABC), and the Heat will head to Oklahoma City on Feb. 14, a game to be shown on TNT.

The All-Star Game is in Houston on Feb. 17. The regular season ends April 17.

The Christmas Day schedule features five games — all on ESPN or ABC. Boston visits Brooklyn at noon ET on ESPN, followed by an ABC doubleheader — New York at the Lakers (3 p.m. ET) and Oklahoma City at Miami (5:30 p.m. ET) in the first meeting of last year’s Finals participants. Later, Houston visits Chicago (8 p.m. ET) and Denver is at the Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET) — both games on ESPN.

James, the NBA’s reigning MVP, spent seven seasons chasing a title in Cleveland, then finally won one in his second season with Miami. But the season will be winding down by the time he and the Heat head to Cleveland again: Miami is set to play there on March 20, and then again on April 15 in the regular-season road finale for the champions.

Wade will be spending his birthday in Los Angeles, a secret he tipped his Twitter followers off to earlier this week: The Heat wrap up a six-game road trip against the Lakers on Jan. 17, the day Wade turns 31.

The NBA has an eight-game schedule on Jan. 21, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with four national TV matchups — Indiana at Memphis, the Nets at the Knicks, the Spurs at Philadelphia and the Lakers at Chicago.

Maybe the game’s most storied rivalry resumes in February: The Lakers are in Boston on Feb. 7, and the Celtics go to Los Angeles on Feb. 20.

Top draft pick Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets start their season at home on Oct. 31 against San Antonio. Another Hornets game that will almost certainly get some attention is scheduled for Jan. 16 in Boston — where New Orleans rookie Austin Rivers would be facing a Celtics team coached by his father, Boston’s Doc Rivers.

Meanwhile, one NBA star who was widely expected to change teams and still has not — Dwight Howard — would have his season-opener with the Orlando Magic on Nov. 2 at home against Denver.

Among other matchups of note involving players who changed teams in recent weeks:

• Nash will play in Phoenix, the city where he won two MVP awards, as a visitor again on Jan. 30.

• Joe Johnson returns to Atlanta for the first time with the Nets on Jan. 16.

• Brandon Roy joined Minnesota this offseason, so he’ll get his first view of the visiting bench in Portland on Nov. 23.

• Jason Terry’s return to Dallas would be March 22, when the Celtics make their trip to play the Mavericks.

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MIAMI HEAT Win 2012 NBA Finals Championship

To all the critics, Lebron James was on his game throughout the playoffs, especially during the finals. He has finally won his first title. The HEAT dominated all game as James led the team with a triple-double in a 121-106 victory. Mike Miller had a big game as well with 7 3-pointers. Congrats to the OKC Thunder as well as Kevin Durant has a very promising career ahead of him. Lebron James was named finals MVP.

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San Antonio Spurs Take 2-0 Series Lead Over OKC Thunder

The Spurs have won 20 games straight, dating back to the regular season. They are playing at their best in some time and look unstoppable. Kevin Durant had 31 points, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, and 2 Blk for the Thunder but it wasn’t enough as the Spurs won 120-111. Tony Parker had a big game with 34 Pts, 3 Reb, and 8 Ast.

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Philadelphia 76ers Take Commanding 3-1 Series Lead Over Bulls

The Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the No. 1 seed Chicago Bulls today. The Bulls are already shorthanded their star point guard Derrick Rose, but today there were even missing leading rebounder Joakim Noah, due to a rolled ankle in game 3. Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes had big games with 20 point and 22 point games respectively, in a 89-82 victory.

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Derrick Rose Out For Playoffs – Torn ACL

The Chicago Bulls took a 1-0 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers today but may have lost even more. Their star point guard, Derrick Rose, tore his ACL, towards the and of the game and will be out for the rest of the playoffs. The Bulls won the game 103-91, but as Rose went to the lane he landed bad in where he tore his ACL in his knee. The Bulls will really miss Rose’s presence on the floor, especially as they look to make a playoff push.

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Lamar Odom & The Dallas Mavericks Part Ways

VIA ESPN

By Marc Stein
ESPN.com

Lamar Odom’s brief and bumpy ride with the Dallas Mavericks has come to an abrupt end.

The Mavericks and Odom spent Easter Sunday working out a parting, according to sources close to the situation, that frees the struggling Odom to leave the team immediately without actually being released.

Odom I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.
” — Lamar Odom

“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”

Sources said Monday that Odom’s departure will be immediate and that the Mavericks intend to simply list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of outright releasing him, leaving open the possibility that they could still trade him after the season in conjunction with the draft. Any team that has Odom on its roster as of June 29 must buy him out by that date for $2.4 million or otherwise accept responsibility for the full $8.2 million that Odom is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.

Even if either side had pushed for a formal release, there is little upside to taking that step now with Odom ineligible to play in the playoffs with another team because he wasn’t waived before the March 23 deadline. One source close to the 32-year-old told ESPN.com that the decision sets Odom up to “clear his head and start getting ready for next season” after his career-low numbers and minutes continued to dip as the season wore on.

Odom will not be at practice Monday, sources said, after he was given just four first-quarter minutes of playing time Saturday night in Memphis, accounting for the low point of a consistently rocky season in Dallas following his trade in December from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Odom’s representatives pushed for the trade to Dallas after it became known that the Lakers had agreed to trade Odom to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets as part of a Chris Paul blockbuster that was ultimately vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern in his role as the Hornets’ lead decision-maker.

Throughout Odom’s season-long struggles to adapt to his new surroundings, Mavs officials and players have repeatedly expressed confidence that the former Laker could still be a playoff X-factor, pointing to the team’s 0-7 record without him as evidence that his presence — if only for the minute relief Odom gives star forward Dirk Nowitzki — has helped the team on some level.

But exasperation with Odom’s languid play reached an apparent breaking point in Memphis. Both coach Rick Carlisle and Nowitzki refused to discuss the Odom situation after Dallas’ 94-89 defeat to the Grizzlies.

“No Lamar questions tonight,” Carlisle told reporters.

Lamar Odom on ESPNDallas.com

The reality show that is Lamar Odom has ended in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Nowitzki, meanwhile, fielded questions for four minutes about his own struggles in the Memphis defeat — including two late turnovers — but ended the interview when asked about Odom.

“I’m done talking about that,” Nowitzki said.

Associates of the veteran forward, meanwhile, have long maintained privately that his lack of a clear-cut role with the Mavericks — where minutes behind Nowitzki are limited — complicated the transition. Lakers star Kobe Bryant said as much after a game in Dallas recently, describing himself as “pleasantly surprised” that the Odom deal wasn’t coming back to haunt his team.

“It’s tough,” Bryant said. “He comes to a team that’s pretty much set, you know what I mean? So it’s hard for him to find his niche. The fans, they don’t really understand what he does or how he can do it, you know what I mean?

“I hope they don’t unlock that mystery. I know. I know how to use him and to use his skill set and this, that and the other. But with this team, the roster that they had being pretty much set, it’s tough for him to be able to find his groove here.”

After declining to offer defensive anchor Tyson Chandler more than a one-year deal in the offseason to preserve future salary-cap flexibility, even after Chandler’s pivotal role in the Mavericks’ championship breakthrough last season, Dallas used the resulting trade exception created by Chandler’s sign-and-trade move to the New York Knicks to bring Odom in with the idea that the parties could help each other greatly on a one-season basis.

Dallas was initially seen as an ideal destination for Odom to start over after the jolt of being discarded by the Lakers, but he began the season well short of peak condition after a tumultuous summer on a personal level and never quite caught up.

Left reeling by the July murder of his 24-year-old cousin and a fatal car accident days later that killed a teen pedestrian after the car he was riding in as a passenger collided with a motorcycle, Odom did almost no basketball training during the five-month lockout. The contrast in preparation to his final season with the Lakers was stark; Odom won NBA Sixth Man Award honors in 2010-11 after spending the bulk of the summer of 2010 with Team USA, often playing as a center for a squad that won the FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

Odom leaves the Mavericks averaging just 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game while shooting 35.2 percent from the field and 25.2 percent on 3-pointers, all career lows by some distance.

Unlike a leave Odom was granted just before the All-Star break, there are no plans to bring him back to the team this time, sources said.

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