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NBA releases 2013-14 schedule
The bad news: The NBA doesn't start for nearly three months. The good news: We know where and when that -- and all the other regular-season games -- will happen, as the league released its 2013-14 schedule on Tuesday. Opening night features a couple of marquee matchups, with the presumably Derrick Rose-ified Chicago Bulls visiting the defending-champion Miami Heat, and the surging Los Angeles Clippers facing the scuffling Los Angeles Lakers. Also on the docket: a typically packed Christmas Day, along with big reunions between Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Nov. 7) and the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Boston (Jan. 26).
Dwight Howard still deciding
Not so fast, Rockets fans. Just hours after news broke that Dwight Howard would be heading to Texas, sources now say Howard is 50-50 on whether to leave the Lakers. What happens next? Is Howard worth all this drama?
Dwight Howard to the Rockets
It's happening after all: Star center Dwight Howard is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets. Which means we might have a new power team in the league. Teaming Howard with James Harden could create a three-way scrum for the title Best in the West. Will Houston get over the top?
After pitches, pondering and a bizarre almost-turn of events on Friday evening, it now seems a done deal: Star center Dwight Howard is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets. Clearly, this puts Houston in a good position for 2013-14 and beyond. But what about the team Howard leaves behind? Just a year ago, things seemed so promising.
A lost season?
The Lakers won only 45 games last season despite 17.1 PPG and 12.4 RPG from Dwight Howard. And it's still uncertain when Kobe Bryant will return.
Hello, old friend?
Andrew Bynum's 2011-12 numbers were equally impressive with 18.7 PPG and 11.8 RPG. But a lost season in Philadelphia doesn't instill confidence.
A championship just isn't happening this season, so should the Lakers start over and prepare early for next year's loaded draft and free-agency period?
The blame game
Things looked bright a year ago. Then Mike Brown was fired. Then Mike D'Antoni got hired. Then Kobe Bryant got hurt. Then Dwight Howard left.
A new kind of rivalry
Perhaps the Lakers can take some comfort in knowing the archrival Celtics are also in for a long season without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Change of heart?
Bryant recently said the Spurs getting close to winning their fifth title hurt him a little. Bryant likely won't be creating any space this year.