20 Jul 2011

Champion Mavericks set to open NBA season at home

1:20 pm on 20 July 2011

The National Basketball Association champions, the Dallas Mavericks, will open the 2011-12 season with at home against the Chicago Bulls.

The NBA released the schedule despite being in the midst of a labour dispute which has led to a lockout, though there's still plenty of time to get a deal done as the season doesn't begin until November 2nd for most teams.

The Mavericks will open against most valuable player Derrick Rose and the Bulls. The Mavericks host Miami in a finals rematch Christmas Day.

Miami's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh start their second season together in Miami against the New York Knicks on November 2nd.

Owners and players have been in a lockout since June 30th. There are some who fear that season could be lost to a labour dispute for the just second time in league history.