The NBA released the 2013-2014 Schedule this evening to help tide over the basketball addicts such as myself who have been going through basketball withdrawal the past few weeks. There are a lot of interesting matchups to examine and issues to debate, like the NBA’s continued infatuation with a Los Angeles Lakers team that won’t be very good next year (they have more nationally televised games than the Miami Heat do).
As a supporter of the San Antonio Spurs, the schedule is exciting because it is proof that public perception of the Spurs has changed. Christmas Day games are always saved for marquee teams with the most buzz and interest surrounding them. Despite the Spurs being one of the best teams in the NBA each of the past three years, they had not played a game on Christmas Day since 2008. This year they finally will play again on Christmas, against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets no less. They also play in another marquee match up against the Brooklyn Nets on New Year’s Eve. In total, the Spurs will play in 21 nationally televised games, the most in franchise history.
So, is it safe to say that after a thrilling seven game Finals matchup against the Miami Heat that the Spurs have shed the misguided label of being “boring”? I certainly hope so, and if the new schedule is any proof I would say that they have. I guess the public finally realized that watching a team execute with precision and play unselfish team basketball can be entertaining after all. This season the Spurs will finally be one of the most nationally featured teams in the NBA, and deservedly so.