It comes to no surprise that there are rumors surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers and who will play in the first NBA regular season game for the 2014-15 year. At first there were early reports of the Cavaliers opening up the season in San Antonio for the Spurs’ ring night. Now, things have flip-flopped.
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, the Cleveland Cavaliers are rumored to be hosting the Spurs on opening night in the NBA. This rumor shouldn’t be shocking to anyone, as TNT wanting to lock down LeBron James’ return to Cleveland — and first home game as a Cavalier — will generate the most viewers. Remember, even when the Cavaliers were horrible TNT took advantage of a return of sorts for LeBron James when he first stepped foot in Quicken Loans Arena in a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey.
Now, LeBron James will be wearing No. 23 once again for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a decision that was made on Sunday after LeBron polled his followers on social media. For the first time in four seasons James will be repping the No. 23 on his back with the word Cavs across his chest. This moment will go down in sports history–that’s for certain–so a San Antonio at Cleveland season opener sounds like the most viable choice for TNT to bring in the highest volume of viewers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will, without a doubt, be playing in more nationally-televised games this upcoming season. After going through one of the worst seasons (2010-11) in recent NBA memory, the Cavs have slowly been sprinkled nationally-televised games here and there. Now, expect them to be the most televised team in the league this season.
Within 10 hours of LeBron announcing that he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, season tickets sold out. Expect tickets to the home opener to be gone within minutes of an announcement being made. For now, it looks like that home opener may be against the title-defending Spurs.