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Preseason games for the NBA’s restart begins TOMORROW



Calling all League Pass users! Calling all League Pass users! The preseason for the NBA’s restart tips off tomorrow!

Starting on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST, the NBA will begin its adventure of trying to safely navigate through a pandemic via a bubble concept down at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort. The season doesn’t officially restart until July 30, but there are a total of 33 “exhibition” games that the 22 teams will run through before each playing eight regular-season games apiece. All 33 exhibition games will be televised on some combination of NBA League Pass and NBA TV.

If you’re someone who didn’t have League Pass before the 2019-20 season was suspended back on March 11, do not fret! According to TV Answer Man, the NBA is offering a package costing $28.99 that will allow users to watch games that are not on national TV. While the League Pass package doesn’t include games that will be televised on stations such as TNT, ESPN, ABC, or NBA TV, it will include most of the exhibition games (others will be on NBA TV) and all eight games left on each team’s regular-season schedule. There will also be a commercial-free package worth $39.99.

Normal blackout rules for out-of-market contests will still apply, so for you Kentucky-based NBA fans, you probably won’t be able to watch Memphis Grizzlies or Indiana Pacers games once the season does restart.

All 22 of the teams reconvening for the restart are slated to play in three exhibition games each, however, the first of the three will have a slight tweak to the rules; 10-minute quarters instead of 12-minutes. According to the Associated Press, the NBA is doing this because they are “not wanting to overly tax players after they went more than four months without games, and because some teams do not have their full rosters at Walt Disney World yet because of coronavirus and other issues.”

The second and third exhibition games will go back to the standard 12-minute quarters.

Here is a day-by-day breakdown of the games that also includes which former Kentucky players will be participating. In total, 15 former ‘Cats will have the opportunity to take the floor. Depending on how quickly Rajon Rondo’s thumb heals (he’s expected to be out 6-8 weeks), that number could jump up to 16 by the time this event is all said and done. Exhibition games will run through July 28 followed by a one-day break that will separate everybody from the official restart on July 30.

Wednesday, July 22 (all times Eastern)

(NBA TV) 3:00 p.m.: Magic vs. Clippers (Patterson)
3:30 p.m.: Wizards vs. Nuggets (Murray)
(NBA TV) 7:00 p.m.: Pelicans vs. Nets
7:30 p.m.: Kings (Fox) vs. Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

Thursday, July 23

3:00 p.m.: Spurs (Johnson) vs. Bucks (Bledsoe)
(NBA TV) 3:30 p.m.: Blazers (Gabriel) vs. Pacers
(NBA TV) 7:00 p.m.: Mavs (Kidd-Gilchrist) vs. Lakers (Davis, Rondo-out)
7:30 p.m.: Suns (Booker) vs. Jazz

Friday, July 24

3:30 p.m.: Grizzlies vs. Sixers
(NBA TV) 5:00 p.m.: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) vs. Celtics (Kanter)
(NBA TV) 7:30 p.m.: Rockets vs. Raptors

Saturday, July 25

(NBA TV) 12:00 p.m.: Lakers (Davis, Rondo-out) vs. Magic
12:30 p.m.: Bucks (Bledsoe) vs. Kings (Fox)
(NBA TV) 4:00 p.m.: Heat (Adebayo, Herro) vs. Jazz
4:30 p.m.: Nets vs. Spurs (Johnson)
8:00 p.m.: Clippers (Patterson) vs. Wizards
8:30 p.m.: Nuggets (Murray) vs. Pelicans

Sunday, July 26

(NBA TV) 12:00 p.m.: Sixers vs. Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
1:30 p.m.: Suns (Booker) vs. Celtics (Kanter)
(NBA TV) 4:00 p.m.: Pacers vs. Mavs (Kidd-Gilchrist)
(NBA TV) 6:00 p.m.: Blazers (Gabriel) vs. Raptors
(NBA TV) 8:00 p.m.: Rockets vs. Grizzlies

Monday, July 27

(NBA TV) 3:00 p.m.: Wizards vs. Lakers (Davis, Rondo-out)
4:00 p.m.: Kings (Fox) vs. Clippers (Patterson)
(NBA TV) 5:30 p.m.: Jazz vs. Nets
7:00 p.m.: Magic vs. Nuggets (Murray) 
8:00 p.m.: Pelicans vs. Bucks (Bledsoe)

Tuesday, July 28

(NBA TV) 2:00 p.m.: Grizzlies vs. Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
3:00 p.m.: Raptors vs. Suns (Booker)
(NBA TV) 4:00 p.m.: Spurs (Johnson) vs. Pacers
6:00 p.m.: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) vs. Blazers (Gabriel)
8:00 p.m.: Celtics (Kanter) vs. Rockets
8:30 p.m.: Mavs (Kidd-Gilchrist) vs. Sixers

Among the former Kentucky players who are members of one of the 22 teams that qualified for the restart, four of them have already been ruled out for various reasons: John Wall (WAS); rehabbing, Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL); birth of daughter, Darius Miller (NOP); rehabbing, and Trey Lyles (SAS); appendectomy.

On Monday, the NBA received the most encouraging news since taking on this elaborate plan: out of 346 players tested for the coronavirus, NONE came back positive. With just one more day until basketball within the bubble kicks off, that’s the best news the league could have hoped for. Now let’s just hope it continues.

*Side note: The daily BBNBA posts will return, but not until the day after the first set of regular-season games (July 31). I’ll be watching as much of the exhibitions as possible, so still expect to see some preseason content over the next week-plus.*

Who’s ready???

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

8 Comments for Preseason games for the NBA’s restart begins TOMORROW

  1. lexattorney
    8:57 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink


  2. ukcat56
    9:22 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    No comment………it would just get deleted ?

  3. lexattorney
    9:35 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    They haven’t been deleting comments since I publicly called them out for it.

  4. sprtphan
    9:36 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Only comment if their opinion comes out of your mouth.

  5. lexattorney
    9:41 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Jack thought he was being cute last night when I said they would delete the NBA thread. He asked how that was working out for me after it wasn’t deleted and I replied that my right to free speech was working out just fine. He played right into my hands just like all snowflakes when faced with facts in any debate or discussion.

    • Bluebird
      10:02 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re an attorney, I worry about your clients. Free speech isn’t that hard, but hear you are, not at all understanding it…

  6. lexattorney
    11:00 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink


    I understand it perfectly. We each have our right to it and should absolutely exercise it.

  7. Bluebird
    7:07 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Sure. Go ahead. Say what you want. But don’t cry when other people point out that what you say is racist and abhorrent. And don’t continue to cry (and cry and cry) when the people who run the website you’re using just go ahead and delete the racist things you say. That’s their right, too.