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The NBA Schedule has been announced, and the Celtics open up at home against the Brooklyn Nets on October 29th. Sekou Smith of the Hangtime Blog, and NBA.com joins Cal Lee and Warren Shaw on Celtics Beat to talk to about the big matchups, and other things that have gone on during the NBA offseason.
“I’m one of those guys that looks at Christmas Day as the real unofficial kickoff of the season when everyone is paying attention to the NBA. So that for me, the Christmas Day matchups are all great for me.”
The Cavaliers open their season against the Knicks at home, in what will probably be the loudest crowd in Cavalier history. It’s going to be a test for the Knicks, but it’s also going to be a test of
the Cavaliers outside of LeBron. It’s going to see if they’re ready for prime time.”We’re going to see if Kyrie and Kevin Love can bring it. Kevin Love has played on a team with nonexistent expectations. It’s going to test their mettle before they get to the playoffs before they really get tested.”
The Donald Sterling saga is finally over. “Everybody is glad that the Sterling nightmare is basically over. Donald Sterling got shot down again, but Doc Rivers and the Clippers get to finally go back to work and worry about the business of basketball. The two biggest challengers for Western Supremacy are the Clippers, and Oklahoma City Thunder.”
Two pretty good free agents Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe, have generated much buzz on the market. “Being restricted free agents, the market for those guys isn’t the same as other free agents. The beauty of it is, if you play out that year on the qualifying offer, you get to be unrestricted, and your incumbent team pretty much has no chance of keeping you, and they know that.”
To hear the entire interview with Sekou Smith, tune into the Celtics Beat Podcast with Cal Lee and Warren Shaw.