Warriors would open season at home vs. Lakers

Warriors would open season at home vs. Lakers
July 19, 2011, 6:29 pm
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July 19, 2011

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In order to cancel a season -- or at least part of one -- you must first try to make it apparent you're having a season. That's what the NBA did on Tuesday, announcing the regular-season schedule for all 30 teams for the 2011-12 season.The league, of course, is in Week 3 of what many believe will be a lengthy lockout -- and some believe it could wipe out the entire upcoming season. So who knows how much of this schedule -- if any of it -- means anything at all?If there is a season -- and it starts on time -- the Warriors will play their season-opener against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena on Nov. 2. That game will feature two new coaches -- Mark Jackson for the Warriors and Mike Brown for the Lakers.The defending champion Dallas Mavericks make two visits to Oracle, but not till later in the season. Dallas is scheduled to play the Warriors in Oakland on March 10 and April 12. The defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat comes to Oracle on Jan 10, for their only Bay Area visit.The Lakers make their second visit to Oakland on Feb. 15.The Warriors have two six-game road trips, the first in mid-December that will take them to Utah, New Orleans, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. The other one comes in late February and early March with games at Phoenix, Indiana, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington.The last time the league had a lockout -- in 1998-99 -- the owners and players did not reach an agreement until Jan. 20, 1999, and the season didn't get started until Feb. 5. That year the NBA played just 50 games, and teams sometimes played three consecutive days.The Warriors' longest homestead of the season starts the evening after Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 25. All Warriors' home games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., and for the first time in many seasons Golden State will not play any home games on Sunday.