NBA pre-season matchups feature Heat vs. Pistons

The 2010/2011 NBA season is tipping off in 27 days, but NBA pre-season games actually start on Sunday, Oct. 3 with the New York Knicks vs. Italy’s Olimpia Milano from Milan at 12:30 pm ET. Then, the New Jersey Nets will play Isreali Super League’s Maccabi Haifa at Prudential Center, Newark at 7:00 pm ET.

On Monday, Oct. 4, last year’s NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers will play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 3:00 pm ET from the O2 Arena in London.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, there are a total of eight games but most eyes will be focused on a pre-season match up between the fully loaded Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons. The Heat, now destined to be a super power with the additions of Lebron James and Chris Bosh, faced a crowd of reporters at their training camp this week. And, while James looked anything but uncomfortable on the floor, he told reporters “It’s not normal just yet.”

On Weds, Oct. 6, last year’s Eastern Conference finalists Boston Celtics with newly added Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, and Delonte West will play the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 pm ET.

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