You may not have noticed, but the NBA season is just a few weeks away from getting started. It feels like yesterday that I had to cringe watching LeBron James lift up the Larry O'Brien Trophy after leading the Miami Heat to the NBA title. Luckily for me (a Celtics fan) and basketball fans everywhere, the start of a new season means a fresh start for your team and another shot at the championship.
The preseason has just started getting underway this past week, but what people are truly waiting for is the beginning of the regular season and to find out when their favorite team plays in its home opener. There are a lot of great openers scheduled, so I decided to take a look at the Top 5 selling home openers on TicketNetwork.com:
#1 - New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
November 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
No surprise here. The biggest basketball market hosting the NBA's defending world champions. It doesn't get much bigger than that. Last year, the Heat visited Madison Square Garden three times including the playoffs, winning two of those games.
#2 - Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
November 2 at TD Garden in Boston, MA
The Celtics home opener will be the first chance for the fans in Beantown to see the new revamped roster. The team added free agents Courtney Lee and Jason Terry to bolster the backcourt, while drafting Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo to help build depth in the frontcourt.
#3 - Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks
November 1 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
This game is not just the home season opener for the Nets, its an entire city opener and arena opener. The Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn this offseason and into their new arena, the Barclays Center. What better opening game opponent then their city rival, the New York Knicks?
#4 - Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets
November 2 at Amway Center in Orlando, FL
No team had a tougher offseason than the Orlando Magic, trading Dwight Howard away to the Los Angeles Lakers. This game marks a new era in Orlando and it looks like Magic fans are ready to move on.
#5 - Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
October 30 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
There are endless storylines for this game: It's the first nationally televised game of the year; the Miami Heat will get their NBA championship rings; the Celtics get their first chance to get revenge for the Heat knocking them out of the playoffs last season; and it the first game for Ray Allen against his old team. It won't get much better than this in the NBA's opening weekend.