August 10th is a big day in my sports year, 2010. First, the USMNT is facing off against a competitive and new look Brazil team at the Meadowlands. And second, the NBA is releasing it's complete schedule for the 2010-2011 season.
So far, just the marquee holiday matchups have been set. Unfortunately, Miami does not open its season in Cleveland, but the Heat will indeed travel twice to Ohio to visit the artist formerly known as Lebron's old team. Miami will open the season with a great matchup against the Boston Celtics that critics will pick apart for weeks before and after as if the Eastern Conference champion is being determined opening night.
As far are the Knicks are concerned, like in 2009 they again will play first on Christmas day, this year against their old rival Chicago Bulls (how great would a renewed Chicago/New York rivalry be for the NBA?). Fingers are crossed the Heat will also make two trips to NYC, but if I remember correctly they visited the Garden twice last year so it's probably the Knicks turn to make two trips.
As season ticket holders, we at the Cubicle Coaches tend to be overly invested in the makeup of the Knicks home schedule. But with excitement brewing, a potential storm looms on the horizon: Tropical (?) Storm Isiah.
Despite running the Knicks organization into the ground with a group of underachieving players with bloated contracts that Donnie Walsh has struggled to disassemble, Isiah will be following his less than impressive 1st year coaching at Florida International University (7-25 overall record with a 4-14 showing in the fierce Sun Belt conference) with an improved showing. His attention seems to be elsewhere, however, as he has accepted a position as a "paid consultant" for the Knicks. To do what, exactly? Advocate to bring in terrible, injury prone players past their primes for enormous costs? The Knicks finally are finished giving away their 1st round draft picks for Stephon Marbury after the 2010 draft, but had to give up 2012 and offer to swap 2011 with Houston to create something resembling salary cap space.
It goes without saying, that if the Knicks bring Thomas back as the General Manager, the Cubicle Coaches season tickets will not be renewed, bringing great pain and sadness to the friends and family of the blog. Brooklyn Nets, anyone?