Worry no more, basketball fans, the boring Friday nights will soon come to an end because is coming back to town.

I realize how corny that was, but I don't take back what I said.

The angsty "Summer of LeBron" is soon coming to an end as we will all become witnesses to the reality of his decision to join the west coast Los Angeles Lakers.

Then, of course, there's DeMarcus Cousins who made his way out of New Orleans to join the 2k-glitched powerhouse Golden State Warriors.

But hey the Boston Celtics still have their young, up-and-coming team as well as the Philadelphia 76ers. Then, DeMar DeRozan had -- what I personally call -- an emotional breakup with the Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors after getting traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Oh, and Russell Westbrook and Paul George are two of the "Big Three" from the Oklahoma City Thunder; Carmelo Anthony is now making his way to the Houston Rockets with 2018 MVP James Harden and Chris Paul.

Jeez.

Well, that's enough storylines and drama, for now, it's time to look at the upcoming season schedule, per CBS Sports:

Here is the entire national TV schedule for the opening week.

Opening night, October 16:

October 17

October 18

October 19

  • Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, 8 p.m. ET
  • Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. ET

October 20

  • Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m. ET
  • Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET

October 21

  • Houston Rockets at LA Clippers, 9 p.m. ET

NBA Christmas Day schedule

There are typically five games played on Christmas Day, all nationally televised, with the first game starting at noon ET and the last game tipping off at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Here is the schedule for the 2018 Christmas Day games, as reported by The New York Times and ESPN:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule

Once again, the NBA will play a number of games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, that will include a triple-header on national TV.

  • New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies, 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. ET
  • Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET


I. can't. wait.