The season opens on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat getting their rings before hosting the Chicago Bulls in a game that should feature the return of Derrick Rose.
James has won the MVP four of the last five years. The only time he did not win it in that span was 2011, when Rose won it.
That is the opener of a doubleheader on TNT that will be capped by the Clippers taking on the Lakers in a reprise of the Hallway Rivalry. It could also be mark the return of Kobe Bryant, who is making unprecedented progress in his recovery from his torn Achilles tendon, prompting reports that he could be ready by Opening Night.