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Tuesday, the NBA released it’s 2013-2013 schedule  in a televised special on NBATV alongside a release on NBA.com and its team websites October 29, will be the official season’s kick off, where Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls which also marks the day of Derrick Rose’s return. Then it’ll be the LA takes on LA, which may also be the return of Kobe Bryant after suffering his injury.

“It’s a massive gamble by the NBA, considering Rose’s struggles returning from his ACL injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs and Bryant’s more recent Achilles surgery. If those players were to miss the opening night, it’s going to make for a very underwhelming opening night of basketball, regardless of the markets involved for ratings.”

Opening week continues with the Bulls and Knicks, Nets vs. Heat and Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs.

On the NBA’s biggest regular season day, Christmas Day, starts with the Nets hosting Chicago, followed by the scoring-champ rematch of Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant as the Thunder visit Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks. Then in the main event, the Heat play the Lakers at Staples Center. Dwight Howard joins the Christmas fun as theRockets travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs. And in the night cap, the Clippers visit Oracle Arena to take on Steph Curry and the Warriors.

On Jan. 20, the NBA will continue its tradition of making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a huge basketball event, with four games on the schedule. Brooklyn travels across the bridge to take on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, followed by the Grizzlies hosting thePelicans, the Lakers taking on the Bulls at the United Center, and the Pacers facing the Warriors in the bay to cap off the night.

The Lakers will first meet Dwight Howard on Nov. 13 in Houston, and again on Jan. 14. They first host Howard at Staples Center on Feb. 19, and again on April 8.

The NBA Finals rematches will occur on Jan. 26 in Miami and March 6 in San Antonio. Will Gregg Popovich rest his starters? It’s not a back to back, as the Spurs face Atlanta on the 24th, but it is in the middle of a three-game road trip.

Despite the departure of Dwight Howard, the Lakers keep the max number of nationally televised (non-NBA TV) games in the league at 25, tied with the Knicks and Heat. The Clippers have 21 nationally televised games, while the defending Western Champs, the Spurs, only have 15. The Bulls jump to 24 national games, with the league banking on Rose’s return to carry audiences. The Thunder also feature on national TV 24 times.

Houston, with newly-signed Dwight Howard and James Harden, feature 20 games on national television, a pretty low number given the star power. The Mavericks won the NBA title in 2011, and now have just eight national TV appearances. The Warriors meanwhile jump to 17 games, while Eastern Conference finalist Indiana only appears 10 time next season. To put that in perspective, the Denver Nuggets appear 13 times.

Here’s the complete schedule, courtesy of the NBA.

 

SOURCE: CBSSPORTS