The NBA regular season schedule came out Wednesday, all 1,230 games. Even with live streaming and an empty DVR ready to be filled up, I’m not going to watch all of them. Nobody will watch all of them. That said, there are some great games coming up. Homecomings and rivalries, plus just matchups of great basketball teams. You can’t watch them all but there are some you can’t miss. Here are my 10 can’t miss games of the NBA season. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, Oct. 28 There are sub-plots to watch here, Jeremy Lin playing against his old team and Dwight Howard getting booed again by Lakers fans… but that’s not why any of us will be watching. Kobe Bryant will be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers and any time he steps on the court we watch. Right now we will be watching because we’re not sure what Kobe we will see, how much he has left in the tank, but we will watch. He is one of the all-time greats. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls, Oct. 31 You could argue that the first games for these teams are bigger — LeBron James ’ first game at home in Cleveland, Derrick Rose ’s return to the NBA comes in Madison Square Garden — but this is the first of four meetings between the two best teams in the Eastern Conference (on paper) and that is worth seeing. Cleveland has more talent but the Bulls have an identity and players that fit it. To be fair, this game will not mean much if/when these two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it’s our first glimpse into what could be one of the best rivalries of the next five years in the NBA. Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs, Nov. 19 LeBron’s last team got smoked by Tim Duncan , Tony Parker , Kawhi Leonard and the gang in San Antonio, so LeBron went out and got some new teammates like Kyrie Irving and soon Kevin Love . This should be interesting, although the Spurs will play their same system and know exactly how to execute it while it’s going to take the Cavaliers some time to figure it out. Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves, Nov. 26 Once the Kevin Love trade goes down (and it will), this game becomes the first between No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins and No. 2 pick Jabari Parker . Both rookies are in situations where they should get a lot of minutes and plenty of touches. Both are going to get the chance to grow in the spotlight Cavaliers at Thunder at Oklahoma City, Dec. 11 LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant . The two best players on the planet go head-to-head and the best part about these match ups is they often guard each other. It is a true head-to-head matchup. Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat, Dec. 25 LeBron returns to Miami for the first time in a Cavs uniform (this time around, anyway). You can expect he will get a warmer reception than the vitriol thrown at him four years ago when LeBron in a Heat uniform came to play the Cavaliers. Now all of that is forgotten. Miami is going to be a pretty good team and one that wants to keep playing the space and pace offense. We’ll see how LeBron does against it. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, December 25 This is the game to watch on your new 60-inch smart TV you just got for Christmas. This if the final of five games on the Christmas Day slate and it should be a very entertaining one. There will be lobs, dunks and rainbow threes. Stephen Curry vs Chris Paul . David Lee vs. Blake Griffin . Klay Thompson vs. J.J. Redick . This is the game Santa is bringing die hard NBA fans. Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves, Jan. 31 Kevin Love returns home to Minnesota. It will be interesting to see how he is received — it won’t be exactly with open arms and a dozen roses, but I doubt the booing will last all game, either. Also in this game, Andrew Wiggins gets a shot at LeBron. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, March 25 Well done by the schedule makers putting these two teams against each other a couple times late in the season (they also face off April 7). These might be your two favorites to win the NBA title (not what the bookmakers say, the actual favorites), they were the two best teams in basketball at the end of last season. The interesting question is who Gregg Popovich sits for both of these games. Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto Raptors, March 27 I just hope Steve Nash can play one last game in Canada. Nash is one of the great point guards of all time and the best Canadian player ever, I hope his body lets him play one last game in his home country. -- Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk.com
The Scoop:The' offseason addition of Shaun Livingston will the Warriors to take some of the ball-handling pressure off their star guard. "I don't know if he wants the ball in his hands that much at all like it's been in the past," Gentry said. "It's very tiresome when you come down and basically have the ball 80 percent of the time and you're creating shots and everything for yourself as well as other players." Curry could see a minor dip in his assists based on this news, but an increase in his scoring numbers will help him retain top-5 fantasy value for the 2014-15 season.
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : The Daily Beast . Chris Bosh talks up cool ties, sweet treats, and hot summer nights. PF : SBNation . I’m what you’d call a “clueless gamer,” but these new NBA 2K15 screenshots look pretty solid. SF : SLAM Magazine . Adam Figman on the growth of Anthony Davis, who seems primed for (yet another) breakout year. SG : Time Warner Cable News . The Toronto Raptors are in talks to buy a Premier Basketball League team and turn it into their D-League outfit. PG : Denver Post . At the 2013 trade deadline, the Indiana Pacers reportedly offered Roy Hibbert to Denver for JaVale McGee, and apparently the Nuggets turned the offer down . 6th : Grantland . Beckley Mason got to shoot three-pointers with Stephen Curry, write a great feature about it, and get a free duffel bag and deodorant at the same time! 7th : Basketball Insiders . On Chandler Parsons, terrible timing, LeBron James’ looming presence, and the Houston Rockets’ plan moving forward. Because we can never get enough . 8th : Sports Illustrated . Detlef Schrempf admits that he’s “not on the same scale” as Amy Poehler, but then again nobody really is , and we still love Detlef. 9th : Heat Hoops . A fascinating (for NBA nerds like us, and you are one if you’re reading this in August) look at the Los Angeles Clippers’ salary cap “apron,” including some news about contract guarantees and injuries that you may have been unaware of. 10th : Sports Illustrated . Rob Mahoney isn’t attempting to be harsh, not in the slightest, but you won’t come away from this feature on the Brooklyn Nets thinking all that optimistically about the team’s future. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
The Scoop:"I've always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like," Curry said. "My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it." He still has three years left on his deal and mentioned he loved the Bay Area. Curry also added that he's a better offensive player than LeBron James in recent comments this week. While LeBron ranked third in the NBA for effective field goal percentage, Curry wasn't far behind at ninth. He was the No. 1 guard in fantasy basketball last season.