Orlando Magic and the NBA Schedule Selection Special

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The Orlando Magic prepare to learn where they'll be playing opening night and on certain holidays, which the NBA has revealed in an hourlong television special on NBA TV. Follow along in this thread, and check this post by Joshua Robbins for some Magic holiday history.

The NBA will release its full schedule on August 10th.

UPDATE: Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston reports the Magic will clash with the Boston Celtics at 2:30 PM on Christmas Day in Orlando, and in Boston on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We're still waiting for the NBA TV telecast to confirm it, but there's no reason to doubt Forsberg, really.

UPDATE: The NBA TV feature has confirmed another game. The Magic will face the Miami Heat, in Miami, on October 29th in a game televised on ESPN.

UPDATE: Per a press release, the Magic's first game of the 2010/11 season will come against first overall draft pick John Wall and the Washington Wizards on October 28th. The game will be held in the Magic's new downtown arena, the Amway Center. TNT will televise that game at 8 PM Eastern.

UPDATE: it looks like the Magic-centric news might be over for the night; moments ago, the team issued this press release, which seems to merely summarize what's going to happen on the selection show:

The Orlando Magic will open the 2010-11 regular season at the new Amway Center on Thursday, October 28 against Washington. Tip-off is 8 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised by TNT. Other games involving the Magic announced tonight are:

  • Friday, October 29 @ Miami (8 p.m., ESPN)

  • Saturday, December 25 vs. Boston (2:30 p.m., ABC)

  • Monday, January 17 @ Boston (8 p.m., TNT)

I look forward to finding out what coach Stan Van Gundy thinks about playing the Heat on the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, in Miami's home opener.

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