Schedule release: Celtics open season October 23 in Philly

Schedule release: Celtics open season October 23 in Philly

Schedule release: Celtics open season October 23 in Philly

The NBA season will begin on October 22, one week later than previous year.

Toronto will open its 25th season with a banner raising and ring ceremony on October 22, when New Orleans and 2019 first overall draft pick Zion Williamson come to town.

This will be the 10th time in the last 11 seasons that the season begins at home, but the atmosphere will be like nothing we've seen in these parts before because of what happened back in June.

Toronto basketball fans will get another chance to thank 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard when the former Raptors' star forward pays a visit to Scotiabank Arena with his new Los Angeles Clippers teammates on December 11. The two teams also play on January 28 and March 8.

- The Celtics are scheduled to play 25 games on national television (ABC, ESPN, TNT).

- The Celtics will host No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on January 11. Nov 2 - At Giannis Antetokounmpo's East favourite Milwaukee Bucks. Nov. 10/11 - At Los Angeles to face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers, then Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers the next night.

Boston's home opener will be October 25 versus Toronto. Also announced previously, the Cs will play at Toronto at noon on December 25, the first time the Raptors have been featured on Christmas Day. December 14 - Kyrie Irving makes first appearance as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. (This brings to an end Boston's two-year run of hosting a yuletide game.) Not to be forgotten, Aron Baynes and Phoenix will visit Boston on January 18.

"Hopefully, we can add on to their portfolios by adding to the team, and get back to what Boston is known as, a team that is championship caliber, players every single year, and just fighting for that next banner that will make us even further away from the competition."