The NBA released its 2011-12 season schedule today, including the slate of games for its television affiliates: TNT, ABC, ESPN, and NBATV. The Bucks begin the season in San Antonio; they will be starting on the road for the 27th consecutive season. Milwaukee will play 22 sets of back-to-back games, one fewer than they had last season, but far more than the gentle 15 back-to-backs afforded to
Kobe’s aching knees the Lakers.
As for television, the Bucks only get 1 appearance on national TV — Friday the 13th (of April) versus the Pistons. They also have a pair of games on NBA TV against the Wizards and Sixers.
If this schedule actually comes to fruition, then the two notable trends are a horrific January and a kind finish. Of the Bucks’ first 14 games in 2012, 12 are on the road, including a five-game West Coast swing and jaunts through Texas and Florida. They finish the season with 7 of 9 at home against Eastern Conference teams and none of those games against the East’s elite.
But who are we kidding. If you think this season is going down according to plan, then you may also be curious to know that nine actual Bucks are going to land on your roof on Christmas Eve while you sleep. Dream pleasant dreams about the Larry O’Brien Trophy while you’re at it.