NBA releases 2011 preseason schedule

NEW YORK – The NBA today released its 2011 preseason schedule, in the event that the NBA is able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the NBPA in a timely fashion.

The 114-game schedule tips off Sunday, Oct. 9 with five games and continues until Friday, Oct. 28, when three games wrap up the preseason.  Kia Motors NBA Tip-Off ’11 is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1.

TNT and ESPN will each televise two games during October.  TNT begins its NBA coverage on Thursday, Oct. 20, when the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat visits the Memphis Grizzlies at 8 p.m. ET.  The network will also feature an intra-city rivalry on Thursday Oct. 27, when the Los Angeles Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m. ET at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif.

ESPN will televise a doubleheader on Oct. 28 beginning with the Heat hosting the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. ET.  The nightcap will showcase the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks visiting the New Orleans Hornets at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Israel’s Maccabi Haifa returns to the United States to play a friendly against the Magic in Orlando on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. ET.  Maccabi Haifa, which secured a Top 16 finish in the 2010-11 FIBA EuroChallenge, visited the United States for the first time during the 2010 NBA preseason, dropping a 108-73 decision to the New Jersey Nets in the Nets’ first home game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Click here for the 2011 NBA preseason schedule.