The NBA has released its restart schedule and plenty of former Kentucky Wildcats will be in action.
Following a formal agreement between the league and the National Basketball Players Association earlier on Friday, the NBA then announced the finalized schedule as they’ll attempt to conclude the 2019-20 season. Here’s a look at the entire eight-game regular-season calendar.
Among the original 13 members of the BBNBA who were slated to join the rest of the league down in Orlando’s Walt Disney World, only Willie Cauley-Stein of the Dallas Mavericks has elected not to make the trip. WCS cited the expected birth of his child and health concerns as factors leading to his decision. With Cauley-Stein staying back home, that leaves 12 former Wildcats in the mix.
Western Conference BBNBA members (8)
No. 1 – Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo
No. 2 – Los Angeles Clippers: Patrick Patterson
No. 3 – Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray
No. 5 – Oklahoma City Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel
No. 7 – Dallas Mavericks: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Eastern Conference BBNBA members (4)
No. 1 – Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe
No. 3 – Boston Celtics: Enes Kanter
No. 4 – Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro
Beginning on July 30, each of the remaining 22 teams will run through an eight-game regular-season before 16 teams advance to a traditional playoff format. There are a BUNCH of nationally televised games and the majority of them will feature a heavy Kentucky connection.
Opening night will take us out to Los Angeles, where we’ll finally get to see Anthony Davis wear a Lakers jersey again as they play host to crosstown rival, the Clippers. That game will take the 9 p.m. time slot and will be broadcasted on TNT. Another game I’m particularly going to be interested in is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets on August 3rd on NBATV. De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings even slithered their way into a couple of nationally televised games. It’s basically going to be nonstop basketball for 16 days until the playoffs.
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For the most part, games will run throughout the day, starting in the early afternoon and up until midnight. So it shouldn’t be difficult to get your basketball fix in. Here are a few other games I am especially excited to watch.
Friday, July 31
Phoenix (Booker) vs. Washington, 4 p.m.
Boston (Kanter) vs. Milwaukee (Bledsoe), 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1
Miami (Adebayo, Herro) vs. Denver (Murray), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2
Milwaukee (Bledsoe) vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 3
Toronto vs. Miami (Adebayo, Herro), 1:30 p.m.
Memphis vs. New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 10
Toronto vs. Milwaukee (Bledsoe), 6:30 p.m.
Denver (Murray) vs. L.A. Lakers (Davis, Rondo), 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11
New Orleans vs. Sacramento (Fox), 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14
Oklahoma City (Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo, Noel) vs. L.A. Clippers (Patterson), TBA
The playoffs are expected to kick-off on August 17, just three days after the conclusion of the truncated regular season, with the Finals ending no later than Oct. 13. Which team are you most excited to watch in the return? I’m partial to the OKC Thunder, but I also think Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and the rest of the Miami Heat are in for a surprise playoff run.