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Watch: Carmelo Anthony officially joins Houston Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony is officially a member of the Houston Rockets after inking a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

In Houston, Anthony joins a core of James Harden and Chris Paul for a team that was one win shy of knocking off the Golden State Warriors and reaching the NBA Finals this past season.

While he’s a 10-time All-Star, Anthony, now 34, could find himself coming off the bench.

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Takeaways from NBA's schedule release for key dates in new season

Jay Asser 9/08/2018
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will open their season against Portland on the road.

The NBA announced its national television schedule for the opening week of the regular season, along with its Christmas Day lineup and Martin Luther King Jr Day games yesterday.

The full television schedule for the season, which will tip-off on October 16, will be released on Friday.

Here are observations from the release of the key dates.

No LeBron on opening night

With the Boston Celtics facing the Philadelphia 76ers to begin the season, and the Golden State Warriors receiving their championship rings before playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second game, that means LeBron James’ debut with the Los Angeles Lakers won’t come on opening night.

It surprisingly won’t come at the Staples Center either as the Lakers will travel to Portland to kick off their campaign on October 18.

James does get prime billing on Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr Day though, with Los Angeles meeting Golden State on both occasions, so there will be no shortage of Lakers in primetime.

Reviving the rivalry

With the Western Conference as loaded as it is, the NBA is really trying to highlight the best part of the East by pushing Celtics-Sixers on opening night and again on Christmas.

It’s one of the league’s most storied rivalries and was one of the more entertaining series to watch in the playoffs this past season, but it has the chance to become more one-sided now that Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are healthy.

No Raptors-Spurs

The NBA missed an opportunity to give us a mouth-watering game on Christmas by leaving out a Toronto Raptors-San Antonio Spurs clash, which would have had Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan going against their former teams.

Instead, we’ll have to watch the New York Knicks play the Milwaukee Bucks. Who was clamoring for that match-up? Yawn.

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LeBron James to produce 'Shut Up and Dribble' Showtime series

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LeBron James is coupling his social activism with his new presence in Hollywood to create a three-part documentary series titled ‘Shut Up and Dribble’.

Showtime announced the series, which will in October, around the same time James will make his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The series will provide “a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA”, according to Showtime.

The title is based off a comment made by Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who told James to “shut up and dribble” after criticising him for his political commentary on United States President Donald Trump.

James is the executive producer of the series along with friend and business partner Maverick Carter, while Gotham Chopra, who worked with Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady on video projects, will serve as the director.

David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement: “If being a star athlete is inherently a political experience, ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ tells that complex and dramatic story from the past to the present and from the inside out.

“LeBron James is one of many competitors whose place in the spotlight has led not to silence but perspective, and he, Maverick Carter and Gotham Chopra have given us an important, insightful docuseries that should bring their fans and fellow citizens to a higher level of discourse, rather than the dismissal satirised in the title.”

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