Last season we didn't have any TNT or ESPN games and the one ABC game we were scheduled for was cancelled. This season we have 19... yes, 19 national television appearances scheduled.
Our opening night game against the Wizards is scheduled for ESPN along with 6 others throughout the season. TNT will carry 3 of our games and NBA TV is scheduled to carry 9 of our games. The Celtics have no scheduled ABC TV appearances.
Here are a couple of highlights from ESPN. Nov. 2: Washington at Boston The Celts and their new big three have to wait until the fourth night of the season to play their opener. Yes: We're already worried about KG (and Bill Simmons) holding out that long.
Nov. 23: Los Angeles Lakers at Boston It's a tad premature to say that the preeminent rivalry in league history is all the way back, but Lakers-Celtics got a lot more interesting with KG -- the fantasy trade target of Lakers fans and management for years -- joining Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in green. (The teams meet on Dec. 30 in L.A.)
Dec. 27: Boston at Seattle The Sonics are going to show up on this list more times than I would have ever imagined. This time it's because of Ray Allen's return.
Feb. 8: Boston at Minnesota The Wolves (or what's left of them) play 47 games before playing host to Garnett for the first time. Care to guesstimate how many games under .500 they will be at that point? (For the record, Boston hosts Minnesota on Jan. 25.)
March 17: Boston at San Antonio KG's first St. Patrick's Day as a Celtic pits him against his long-time nemesis TD.
April 1: Boston at Chicago The best offering from an eight-game April Fools' Day slate has to be KG's going back to his old high school turf.