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2014-2015 NBA season will begin with Spurs facing Mavericks

2014-2015 NBA season will begin with Spurs facing Mavericks

Posted by Liliana Castaño on August 14, 2014

The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night.

The season opens Oct. 28 with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks. In a late-game matchup, the Rockets travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers in Kobe Bryant's first game back from the leg fracture that ended his season after just six games last year.

It's the first time since 2007 that only one conference has been featured on opening night, and a sign of how weak the Eastern Conference is that the league is literally ignoring it in its premier. The decision to include the Lakers is bad for competitive reasons, but good for ratings, as they always draw and Bryant's return will likely overshadow even the Spurs' championship celebration.

James, meanwhile, will open with his new old team on Oct. 30 against the Knicks before facing the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 31

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