NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA will open its season with a battle of
Big Threes, then offer up the new-look Miami Heat against Kobe
Bryant and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas
The Heat will debut their All-Star trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron
James and Chris Bosh at Boston on Oct. 26 against the defending
Eastern Conference champion Celtics, who are led by their veteran
group of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
The Lakers will host Houston in the other opening-night game on
TNT, the NBA announced Tuesday.
The Christmas schedule will again feature five games,
highlighted by the return of the Heat-Lakers matchup that was
regularly played Dec. 25 after Los Angeles traded Shaquille O'Neal
to Miami in 2004.