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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

  • Which NBA opening-night game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

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  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

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  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

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  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

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European money machine and reigning UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid currently is in the U.S., training at UCLA for games in Berkeley, California, and Dallas.

New York Knicks star and big-money player Carmelo Anthony is almost always in the U.S., and he too spent some time at UCLA on Wednesday with friend Dontaye Draper ... who happens to have played for Real Madrid's basketball team.

And so the two famous entities met, with Anthony and son Kiyan playing a little soccer -- albeit not against any of los Galacticos -- taking photos with stars such as Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso, and answering questions about (naturally) new Knicks teammate/Spanish basketball star Jose Calderon.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with several Real Madrid players.

Anthony & Bale & DraperReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony, right, with Dontaye Draper, left, and Gareth Bale.

AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with Xabi Alonso.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony goes for goal.

AnthonyReal Madrid/Facebook Carmelo Anthony goes for a header.

This comes about six weeks after Real Madrid's own top star, Cristiano Ronaldo, tried his hand at American football.

So we ask: Who would be better at their new sport, Ronaldo or Melo?

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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

  • Which team will win the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2014-15?

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  • Which team outside the Bulls and Cavaliers has the best shot at winning the East?

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  • Which of these non-playoff teams from 2013-14 will fare the best in 2014-15?

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  • What do you make of Lance Stephenson leaving the Pacers for the Hornets and a three-year, $27 million contract?

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  • Which of these was the best signing for the team?

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  • How will Derrick Rose fare this season?

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  • Which team will Andrew Wiggins be with at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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Carmelo Anthony stays with Knicks

LeBron James is moving. But Carmelo Anthony is staying, re-signing with the New York Knicks for a reported five years and $122 million. Anthony chose New York over the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers among others, deciding to stick with new team president Phil Jackson. But will the Knicks, who recently traded Tyson Chandler, compete anytime soon?

Did Carmelo Anthony make the right decision in returning to the Knicks?

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  • Which would have been the best choice for Carmelo Anthony?

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  • How will the Knicks fare in 2014-15?

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  • How many years will it take for Phil Jackson to build the Knicks into title contenders?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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NBA free agency predictions?

July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many of the Heat's Big Three will return next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Behind LeBron James, who is the best unrestricted free agent on the market this summer?

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  • On which team will Kevin Love be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Will restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe (Suns), Gordon Hayward (Jazz) and Greg Monroe (Pistons) change teams this summer?

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