A new season is upon us.

After the craze of collegiate basketball in the Philippines has come and go for the year. As well as the continued battle for Philippine basketball supremacy in the PBA. Basketball never stops.

As another season of the world’s best basketball league is upon us. In a few days, the 2012-13 NBA season will begin and a lot of basketball fans from all over the world will be on watch once again as the best basketball players in the worldcompete for basketball supremacy.

In a lockout-shortened season. The Miami Heat, withstood the odds, as well the millions of “haters” who rooted for their demise all-season longas they were able to bring a second NBA title
to South Beachat the expense of the young Oklahoma City Thunder. Giving LeBron James his very first NBA title and a Finals MVP trophy to complement alongside his third season MVP trophy of his career as well as a Olympic Gold Medal which he won at the 2012 Summer Games in London accomplishing a feat that was also done by Michael Jordan in 1992. It also gave Dwayne Wade a second NBA title alongside Udonis Haslem who are the two members of the Heat who remain from the team that won the title in 2006.It also gave Chris Bosh his very first alongside LeBron, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Norris Cole and other players their first NBA titles.

The off-season also saw a lot of player movement,
here are some to name a few:

  • Dwight Howard and Steve Nash leave Orlando and Phoenix respectively to done the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers.  
  • Jeremy Lin taking “Linsanity” from New York to the Houston for the Rockets where memories of Yao Ming are still fresh on the heads of Rockets fans.
  • Ray Allen leaving Beantown for South Beach to play for the Heat.
  • Andrew Bynum leaving Tinsletown to play in Philly for the 76ers.
  • Andre Igoudala heading to the Mile High City to play for the Nuggets.
  • Joe Johnson leaving the ATL to play with the new-look and newly-relocated Brooklyn Nets.
  • Jason Terry taking his talents from Dallas to Boston for the Celtics.
  • Jason Kidd also left Dallas, this time to play for the Knicks in New York.
  • Luis Scola leaving Houston to play for the Suns in Phoenix.
  • OJ Mayo, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Darren Collisonheading to Big D to play for the Mavericks.
  • Jamal Crawford going to the Clippers from Portland.
  • Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields heading north of the border for the Raptors.
  • Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson as well as Robin Lopez going to the Big Easy for the Hornets.
  • And more recently, reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden as well as 3 other playersheading to the Rockets from the reigning West Champions OKC Thunder for Kevin Martin and rookie Jeremy Lamb.
We also players, make their returns back into the NBA, as well as players returning to their former teams. Here are some notable returns:
  • Brandon Roy who retiredat the end of the 2011 season returns to action. This time, he will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Andrei Kirilenko also joins the Timberwolves after playing in Europe.
  • Goran Dragic returns to the Phoenix Suns after spending a season and a half in Houston.
  • Lamar Odom returns to the Los Angeles Clippers after a disappointing year in Dallas.
  • Mo Williams returns to the Utah Jazz, the team that drafted him to the NBA.
  • Raymond Felton returning to the New York Knicks from Portland.
  • Kirk Hinrich returns to the Chicago Bulls after playing in Atlanta.
  • and here’s a shocker for me. Rasheed Wallace comes out of retirement to play for the New York Knicks.

The rookie class of 2012 is also to watch out. Looking forward is the #1 overall pick in the draft for the New Orleans Hornets in Anthony Davis and his famous “unibrow” teaming up withthe #10 pick in Austin Rivers (son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers) leading the cause in the Big Easy. Also to watch out is the #2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in Charlotte, #3 pick Bradley Beal for the Wizards, #4 pick Dion Waiters in Cleveland, #7 pick Harrison Barnes in Golden State, #9 pick Andre Drummond for the Pistons. Also look out for sleepers in Thomas Robinson, Jeremy Lamb, Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III to name a few good rookies.

With these in mind here are some games to look out for, and also if available I‘ll also give out the channels to watch here in the Philippines. All dates and times in PHT (Philippine Time) and are subject to change.
Opening Day October 31, 2012:
Celtics @ Heat, 8:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
Championship Ceremony for the Miami Heat
Mavericks @ Lakers, 10:30 am PHT on ABS-CBN
The season debut of the new-look Lakers
November 1, 2012 (Halloween Day in the US):
Spurs @ Hornets, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV.
Anthony Davis makes season debut for the young Hornets against Tim Duncan and the veteran Spurs.
November 2, 2012:
Knicks @ Nets, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
Another crosstown rivalry is born in New York City.
Thunder @ Spurs, 9:30 am PHT
Rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals

December 18, 2012:
Rockets @ Knicks, 8:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
Jeremy Lin returns to New York as a member of the Rockets.
December 26, 2012 (Christmas Day in the US):
Celtics @ Nets, 1:00 am PHT
Atlantic Division rivarly renewed.
Knicks @ Lakers, 4:00 am PHT
Kobe and the loaded Lakers vs Melo and the revitalized Knicks
Thunder @ Heat, 6:30 am PHT
The first game between last season’s finalists.
January 18, 2013:
Heat @ Lakers, 11:30 am PHT on Basketball TV
LeBron vs Kobe. A possible match-up for the NBA title.
January 28, 2013:
Heat @ Celtics, 2:00 am PHT (most likely delayed telecast on ABSCBN)
Ray Allen’s return to Boston.
January 31, 2013:
Lakers @ Suns, 11:30 am PHT
Steve Nash returns to Phoenix as a Laker.
February 8, 2013:
Lakers @ Celtics, 9:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
You can’t miss the greatest rivalry in NBA history.
February 11, 2013:
Lakers @ Heat, 4:30 am PHT (most likely delayed telecast on ABS-CBN)
LeBron vs Kobe Part II

February 15, 2013 (Valentine’s Day Game in the US):
Heat @ Thunder, 9:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
The Heat return to OKC against the team they beat for the title.
February 16-18, 2013:
2013 NBA All-Star Weekend from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
March 21, 2013:
Heat @ Cavaliers, 7:00 am PHT
LeBron returns to Cleveland as a champion.
April 8, 2013:
Lakers @ Clippers, 3:30 am PHT (most likely delayed telecast on ABS-CBN)
LA’s cross-town rivalry one last time for the year.
Also you have to consider these two guys returning to the the court from injuries.
Derrick Rose’s return: TBD
Ricky Rubio‘s return: TBD
You can check the full TV schedule of NBA games to be shown in the Philippines on this link and there are good games to look forward to: http://www.nba.com/schedules/international_nba_tv_schedule.html

I‘m hoping a great season for the Red Nation of the Houston Rockets. I cannot wait to see the recently formed “Rush Hour” duo of Jeremy Lin and James Harden. A lot of young players on a completely overhauled Rockets roster this season. I’m hoping that they can get back to the playoffs for the 1st time since 2009. The sky is the limit for these Rockets. Indeed, A NEW AGE has begun for Rockets basketball.

Note: Jeremy Lamb (center right) is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded as part of the deal which brought James Harden to Houston.

For the Rockets, first game is against the Pistons in Detroiton November 1. While their home-opener will be against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4. (*Dates are in Philippine Time)

So I like to say the best of luckto all the players, coaches as well as the fans of the other 29 teams of the NBA. This season will be more exiting to look forward to.




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