The Golden State Warriors 2011-2012 regular season schedule was released at 11:00am pacific on Tuesday and the world will get numerous opportunities to check out Mark Jackson and the new-look Warriors. The Warriors 2011-12 schedule includes nine nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT, with an additional eight games scheduled to appear on NBATV. This follows a 2010-11 season that saw the Warriors appear on national television seven times, with three NBATV appearances. The remainder of their games will likely be on CSN Bay Area.
In an interesting little scheduling quirk, the Warriors 2011-2012 schedule will open on ESPN against an LA squad (Lakers) and close on ESPN against the other LA squad (Clippers). They get the defending champions on TNT, but they won't get a shot at the runner-up Miami Heat on national television.
It's not exactly shocking that the Warriors national television schedule is increasing this season. The Warriors were already a fairly entertaining team with big scorers like Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. The addition of head coach Mark Jackson adds a sometimes polarizing personality and a guy with a connection to ESPN's basketball coverage.
Here is a rundown of the Warriors national television schedule:
Sat Nov 26 - vs. Utah Jazz
Thu Nov 30 - vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Sat Feb 4 - @ Sacramento Kings
Sat Mar 10 - vs. Dallas Mavericks
Sat Mar 24 - vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Wed Mar 28 - vs. New Orleans Hornets
Sat Apr 7 - vs. Denver Nuggets
Sat Apr 14 - @ LA Clippers
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