WARRIORS 2011-12 SCHEDULE
The NBA announced the 2011-2012 season schedule for all teams, including the Golden State Warriors, who open their regular season at home on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Warriors will then host the Bulls, Knicks, and 76ers before hitting the road on Jan. 2 for contests in Phoenix, San Antonio, and L.A. to take on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
Some other notable nuggets from the Warriors' 2011-'12 schedule:
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- The Warriors won't play in Miami, only hosting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh on Jan. 10 vs. Miami Heat.
- The Warriors' longest road trip of the season is six games, from Feb. 22-March 5, when they travel to Phoenix, Indiana, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington.
- The Warriors have only one back-to-back-to-back, coming on April 20-22 against the defending champion Mavericks, Rockets, and Timberwolves.
- The Warriors play 10 of their 16 April games on the road and their 6 home games are all against 2010-'11 playoff teams.
It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.
The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.
In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.
In late June, he exercised the option.
If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.
He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.
The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.
Wade's status will be a story worth watching.
The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.
Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).
And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.
LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).
Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.
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Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?
He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.
The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?
Enjoy the video...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller