Another week, another round of charity game highlights featuring Kevin Durant and friends.
Josh Howard hosted a charity game in Dallas and the fans were treated to some high flying plays and displays of athleticism. As is a charity game tradition, they were not treated to any defense. Still, this is what we have for basketball highlights right now, so enjoy.
In the next 48 hours or so we’ll have a lot better idea if you’ll be seeing NBA highlights this year, or just more of these.
Promising festivities akin to “a Magic All-Star weekend,” Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard said over Twitter on Saturday that he’s putting together events for Nov. 11-13 that will include an exhibition game that Sunday at UCF.
“Orlando is gonna love what’s about to happen,” Howard wrote.
A couple of days ago, Howard floated over Twitter the idea of an “old-school vs. new-school exhibition game/weekend” in Orlando, and it appears that he’s following through on his plans.
“Old-school vs. new-school?” So Jason Kidd vs. Justin Bieber at point guard?
Howard is looking at the same weekend as the other Howard, which could be an issue. But there are plenty of NBA players looking for things to do right now, reports the Post.
With the lockout wiping out the first two weeks of the regular season and more cancellations expected to follow after failed negotiations last week, Howard is taking advantage of the opening to host a charity game on Nov. 12. Players expected to participate include Howard’s Wizards teammates John Wall, Andray Blatche and Nick Young; his former Mavericks teammates Jason Terry, Marquis Daniels, DeSagana Diop and Quinton Ross; Portland Trail Blazers forward and Dallas native LaMarcus Aldridge; New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack; Mavericks guard Corey Brewer; Minnesota forward Anthony Randolph; Toronto forward Reggie Evans; Sacramento Kings draft pick Isaiah Thomas; and former NBA player Damon Jones.
Expect to see more of these games until we get to see games that actually mean something.
Mark Cuban would consider “Dallas Mavericks Network”
Television money is part of the reason David Stern and the league shut down the first couple weeks of the NBA season. There are some big new television deals on the horizon — the Lakers have a massive one that kicks in next season, the Celtics just modified theirs, then there is the national TV deal that kicks in for 2016 — and the owners don’t want to share that money with the players.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has seen the machinations around a proposed “Longhorn Network” for the University of Texas, and he’s not sure it will work (because UT didn’t get equity in the deal, he has a point there).
When asked about creating a Mavs network, Cuban said, “Yeah of course, when my deal is up. Absolutely. I think Time Warner [Cable] is kind of our incumbent [in the Dallas area] and HD Net is not on Time Warner. So will I package the two to get one? Absolutely.”
This ties into another issue in the negotiations — the owners tell the players they have opened their books to them and the league lost $300 million last season. But among the many questions the union has is how owners can use their current NBA ownership to boost their other businesses. In Cleveland, Dan Gilbert got a sweetheart deal to build a couple casinos because of the LeBron-era Cavs popularity. Or in this case, Cuban can use the Mavericks to leverage Time Warner to pick up his HDNet channel.
None of this is happening for a while, the Mavs deal with Time Warner runs through 2017. But the owners are looking that far down the line and how to get more of the revenue that will come in that far away, which is why we are where we are with the lockout.
Here is the schedule to set your life — or at least your DVR — by for the next couple of weeks. Note that all times listed are Eastern. If you don’t live out East (and I don’t) then do the math in your head. It keeps you sharp.
Cleveland vs. Chicago Game 1 – Sat April 17 at Cleveland 3:00PM ABC Game 2 – Mon April 19 at Cleveland 8:00PM TNT Game 3 – Thu April 22 at Chicago 7:00PM TNT Game 4 – Sun April 25 at Chicago 3:30PM ABC Game 5 * Tue April 27 at Cleveland TBD Game 6 * Thu April 29 at Chicago TBD Game 7 * Sat May 1 at Cleveland TBD
Orlando vs. Charlotte Game 1 – Sun April 18 at Orlando 5:30PM TNT Game 2 – Wed April 21 at Orlando 7:00PM TNT Game 3 – Sat April 24 at Charlotte 2:00PM TNT Game 4 – Mon April 26 at Charlotte TBD Game 5 * Wed April 28 at Orlando TBD Game 6 * Fri April 30 at Charlotte TBD Game 7 * Sun May 2 at Orlando TBD
Atlanta vs. Milwaukee Game 1 – Sat April 17 at Atlanta 5:30PM ESPN Game 2 – Tue April 20 at Atlanta 7:00PM NBATV Game 3 – Sat April 24 Milwaukee 7:00PM ESPN Game 4 – Mon April 26 at Milwaukee TBD Game 5 * Wed April 28 at Atlanta TBD Game 6 * Fri April 30 at Milwaukee TBD Game 7 * Sun May 2 at Atlanta TBD
Boston vs. Miami Game 1 – Sat April 17 at Boston ESPN Game 2 – Tue April 20 at Boston 8:00PM TNT Game 3 – Fri April 23 at Miami 7:00PM ESPN Game 4 – Sun April 25 at Miami 1:00PM ABC Game 5 * Tue April 27 at Boston TBD Game 6 * Thu April 29 at Miami TBD Game 7 * Sat May 1 at Boston TNT
L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Game 1 – Sun April 18 at L.A. Lakers 3:00PM ABC Game 2 – Tue April 20 at L.A. Lakers 10:30PM TNT Game 3 – Thu April 22 at Oklahoma City 9:30PM TNT Game 4 – Sat April 24 at Oklahoma City 9:30PM ESPN Game 5 * Tue April 27 at L.A. Lakers TBD Game 6 * Fri April 30 at Oklahoma City TBD Game 7 * Sun May 2 at L.A. Lakers TBD
Dallas vs. San Antonio Game 1 – Sun April 18 at Dallas 8:00PM TNT Game 2 – Wed April 21 at Dallas 9:30PM TNT Game 3 – Fri April 23 San Antonio 9:30PM ESPN Game 4 – Sun April 25 San Antonio 7:00PM TNT Game 5 * Tue April 27 at Dallas TBD Game 6 * Thu April 29 at San Antonio TBD Game 7 * Sat May 1 at Dallas TNT
Phoenix vs. Portland Game 1 – Sun April 18 at Phoenix 10:30PM TNT Game 2 – Tue April 20 at Phoenix 10:00PM NBATV Game 3 – Thu April 22 at Portland 10:00PM NBATV Game 4 – Sat April 24 at Portland 4:30PM TNT Game 5 * Mon April 26 at Phoenix TBD Game 6 * Thu April 29 at Portland TBD Game 7 * Sat May 1 at Phoenix TBD TNT
Denver vs. Utah Game 1 – Sat April 17 at Denver 10:30PM ESPN Game 2 – Mon April 19 at Denver 10:30PM TNT Game 3 – Fri April 23 at Utah 10:30PM ESPN2 Game 4 – Sun April 25 at Utah 9:30PM TNT Game 5 * Wed April 28 at Denver TBD Game 6 * Fri April 30 at Utah TBD Game 7 * Sun May 2 at Denver TBD