Speculation over the last few days has been buzzing at the prospect of Miami getting the distinct honor of opening the Amway Center. While that would have been a star-studded matchup, that is not who will be playing the first game in the new arena.
The Magic instead will be opening the Heat’s new era at American Airlines Arena. Orlando will travel to Miami on October 29 in what appears to be Miami’s first home game with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the lineup. That game will be at 8 p.m. and aired on ESPN. The opening of the Amway Center will take place the night before.
The matchup may not be as juicy but it should still be intriguing because Amway Center will not be the only one making a debut. John Wall will make his professional debut for the Wizards against the Magic on October 28 at 8 p.m. (the game will be aired on TNT).
Also announced Tuesday were a pair of games against Boston. The Magic will once against host the Celtics on Christmas Day in the 2:30 p.m. game — it will precede the marquee game of the holiday between the Heat and the defending champion Lakers at Staples Center. Orlando makes the return trip to Boston on Martin Luther King Day (January 17) for an 8 p.m. game on TNT. Stan Van Gundy must love the holiday schedule once again.
The four games announced today shows that despite the moves the Heat have made, the Magic are still considered a top team in the NBA. They are a team the league wants to feature and are going to be a key team throughout the course of the season.
As for the other 78 games? Those will be released next Tuesday (August 10). Here are the games the NBA released again:
Oct. 28: Wizards @ Magic, 8 p.m., TNT
Oct. 29: Magic @ Heat, 8 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 25: Celtics @ Magic, 2:30 p.m., ABC
Jan. 17: Magic @ Celtics, 8 p.m., TNT