LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers To Open Against Carmelo Anthony and The New York Knicks

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By Vincent Paul Hidalgo | August 14, 2014 1:18 PM EST

Two of the best small forwards of the league will banner the opening week of the opening night of the 2014-2015 NBA season.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers will face off on Oct. 30 in what will be the official homecoming of the "prodigal son" of Ohio. The Cavaliers were supposedly scheduled to play their first game on the road against the defending champions San Antonio Spurs. The change will now pit LeBron and possible teammate Kevin Love against a revamped Knicks.

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NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony accepts the Clutch Player of the Year Award during the inaugural 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports awards at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California July 17, 2014.

The excitement for Cavaliers fan goes double as on the next night, the team will travel to Chicago to hurdle Derrick Rose, Joachim Noah, Pau Gasol and the rest of the Bulls. This match-up is one of the highly anticipated games as it will test the mettle of two potential eastern conference champions. Both teams will also be televised heavily on national broadcast after having a schedule of 25 appearances each.

The NBA season officially kicks off with "Ring Night" at San Antonio with the Spurs measuring their veteran craft against a reloaded Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs have now added back Tyson Chandler along with Chandler Parsons and Jameer Nelson to the scoring duo of Monta Ellis and arguably the greatest European player ever, Dirk Nowitzki. On the second game of opening day, the Houston Rockets led by Dwight Howard and James Harden will travel to Los Angeles to test Kobe Bryant's return to the hardwood.

All of the lenses and coverage will still be locked in on the newest team to be followed by the circus, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The NBA's schedule makers have also penciled in a Miami Heat date for Christmas for the best player of basketball.

Other notable games on the first two months of schedule to be officially released today:

Oct. 28: Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs: Ring night for the five-time NBA champions and also kicks off the season.

Oct. 28: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant return from a season-long absence (almost) and Jeremy Lin sets to unleash Linsanity 2.0 on his former team.

Oct. 30: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James' Cleveland homecoming (enough said).

Oct. 30: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers: Two of the best western teams collide.

Oct. 31: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls: The possible preview of the Eastern conference finals. (keep your fingers crossed)

Nov. 12: Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (in Mexico City): One of two regular season NBA games scheduled internationally and the second time for Mexico (the first one was cancelled due to an electrical fire)

Nov. 19: Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers: Lance Stephenson's return to Larry Bird's arms.

Nov. 19: Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets: Jason Kidd returns to Brooklyn.

Nov. 26: Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves: The No. 1 Pick Andrew Wiggins squares off against the No. 2 pick Jabari Parker

Dec. 11: Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder: LeBron James vs. current MVP Kevin Durant

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(Photo: REUTERS / Mario Anzouni)
NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony accepts the Clutch Player of the Year Award during the inaugural 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports awards at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California July 17, 2014.
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