The 2011-2012 NBA schedule was released Tuesday afternoon in spite of the current lockout. The release date was bumped up three weeks in what might be an attempt by the league to get some kind of positive commentary for at least a day or two. The Sacramento Kings found out their final schedule and the 2011-2012 Kings schedule features a home opener versus the now Yao Ming-less Houston Rockets.
The Kings schedule features ten days in Northern California to open the season as they play four home games and a road game against the Golden State Warriors. The schedule includes one TNT game and five NBA TV games. I have a feeling this could be a fun team to watch on offense so hopefully the NBA will make adjustments to move them into a couple more nationally televised games.
The Kings will have several fairly rough road trips this season. They have a five-game road trip in mid December that includes trips to Portland, Orlando, Miami, Charlotte and the Clippers. They have a second five-game road trip in January with games at Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Washington, and New York. February includes a six-game road trip and nine of ten on the road into March. While the Kings are not expected to be championship contenders this year, that stretch of games will give them an idea of their development late into the season.