NBA unveils 2003-04 schedule

July 29, 2003 at 4:02 PM
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NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- The NBA debut of former high school phenom LeBron James will take

place in Sacramento on Oct. 29.

The NBA released its complete 2003-04 schedule Tuesday, and James' first game is widely anticipated.

He was the No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in the June draft. The Cavaliers will open their season with a three-game road trip, and the game against the Kings will be nationally televised.

The Cavaliers' first home game will be on Nov. 5 against Denver, which made Carmelo Anthony the No. 3 overall selection.

The season begins on Tuesday, Oct. 28 with three games. Defending NBA champion San Antonio will open its season that night at home against Phoenix. Also the night, the Los Angeles Lakers host Dallas and Philadelphia entertains Miami.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who faces charges of felony assault in Eagle, Colo., will be allowed to play even if the legal issue is not resolved.

The first rematch of last season's NBA Finals is Nov. 12, when the Spurs visit New Jersey. They will play again Jan. 21 at San Antonio.

The All-Star game is Feb. 15 at Los Angeles.

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