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The full NBA schedule dropped on Wednesday, all 1,230 games.

It’s a lot of information. Outside of the games you don’t want to miss, there’s a lot of ground to cover. So here are some news and notes from around the NBA about the schedule release.

• One thing the schedule makers couldn’t predict: When LeBron James will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most regular season points in NBA history. LeBron is 1,325 points behind Abdul-Jabbar, and at his scoring pace of last season (27.1 a game), it would take 49 games to get there. It’s unlikely the Lakers will play LeBron in every one of their first 49 games this season as they try to keep him fresh for the playoffs (and there could be minor injuries that keep him out a few games) but expect to see some massaging of televised games schedule as we get into February and beyond, making sure LeBron is on national television when he breaks the record.

Reds planning to select righty T.J. Zeuch, will start Wednesday

  Reds planning to select righty T.J. Zeuch, will start Wednesday Zeuch isn’t currently on the club’s 40-man roster, though the club currently has a vacancy there. Assuming they don’t add anyone between now and Wednesday, a corresponding move will only be required to add him to the active roster. © Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher T.J. Zeuch. Zeuch, 27, is a former first-round pick, as the Blue Jays selected him No. 21 overall in 2016. He was considered one of the top-30 farmhands in Toronto’s system from 2017-19 but failed to live up to his reputation in the big leagues.

• The NBA says it cut down on team travel this season, with the average team traveling 41,000 miles. That is down 2,000 from last season.

• How the league is doing that: 55 “baseball series” sets where a road team plays two games in a row against the same home team. For example, the Boston Celtics head to Charlotte to face LaMelo Ball and the Hornets on Jan. 14, then both teams are off on the 15th and play again in Charlotte on the 16th. The upsides to this: It does reduce travel, which is good for player recovery; and those second games in a set can be a little more playoff like as teams adjust strategies and matchups based on what did and didn’t work in the first game. The downside is for people who go to the games. First, NBA fans aren’t used to and may skip the second game of that series, although the NBA says it didn’t see evidence of that in a smaller sample size in past seasons (that’s also less of an issue when an elite team like Boston comes to town, but is anyone looking to see the Magic or Thunder back-to-back?). Second, what if Jayson Tatum tweaks his ankle and has to sit out a couple of weeks in January — Charlotte fans will not see Tatum when he comes to town. That can be an issue when a star like Trae Young, Luka Doncic, or LeBron James comes to a city and the locals do not get to see him play because both games are within a day of each other.

LeBron James has productive, informative meeting with Rob Pelinka, Darvin Ham

  LeBron James has productive, informative meeting with Rob Pelinka, Darvin Ham James is finalizing a destination to host the team’s annual mi nicamp prior to training camp, with San Diego being the likely landing space over Las Vegas, sources said. He’s hoping to build a better rapport with teammates before entering the 2022-23 season. The meeting was deemed productive and informative. Pelinka made his feelings clear that he wants James to retire as a Laker and promised to provide him with every resource possible to compete for a championship each year he’s with the organization, sources said.

• Add in times a visiting team can play the Knicks/Nets or Lakers/Clippers without traveling, and you get 88 sets of road games without travel this season.

• The best schedule release video goes to the New Orleans Pelicans, playing off the rumor GM David Griffin played piano to impress Zion Williamson.

• The Brooklyn Nets dropped from 26 nationally televised games a season ago to 13 this season because of the uncertainty about their roster and whether Kevin Durant will be on it (nationally televised meaning the game is on TNT, ESPN, or ABC).

• The Nets’ 13 is still two more nationally televised games than the Heat. The team that had the best record in the East last season, that made the Eastern Conference Finals, that went to the NBA Finals just a couple of years ago, that has Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo apparently isn’t sexy enough for the NBA schedule makers. The Heat are not even in the top 10 of teams with the most televised games. If any team should feel snubbed by the schedule makers, it’s Miami.

Watch: Brandon Drury clears bases with first-pitch grand slam in Padres debut

  Watch: Brandon Drury clears bases with first-pitch grand slam in Padres debut Brandon Drury sure knows how to make a great first impression. © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Aug 3, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Brandon Drury (17) warms up before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. One of several shiny new toys acquired by the San Diego Padres before the MLB trade deadline, Drury made his debut with the team in grand fashion Wednesday night. Drury didn't wait long to make an impact.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have the most nationally televised games with 30 (starting on opening night). They are followed by LeBron James and the Lakers (27), the Celtics (25), the 76ers and Bucks (23 each).

Ja Morant was happy with the Grizzlies getting 18 nationally televised games, including on Christmas.

• Nine teams have just one nationally televised game: Jazz, Kings, Magic, Pacers, Pistons, Rockets, Spurs and Thunder. That’s a surprisingly low number for the Jazz, but it speaks to the depth of their rebuild (and the fact everyone around the league expects Donovan Mitchell to get traded).

• The NBA scheduled 45 games on weekends that start at noon Eastern (or a couple of hours later) this season because that puts them on in prime time in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. There are big stars in many of those games.

• The Houston Rockets have 10 of their first 13 games on the road this season, tying an NBA record for most road games in the first 13 of the season.

Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper to play for Team USA in 2023 World Baseball Classic

  Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper to play for Team USA in 2023 World Baseball Classic With the 2023 World Baseball Classic scheduled to begin in March, rosters for the international tournament are beginning to take shape. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper. Defending champion, Team USA, has added yet another superstar to the squad. Phillies All-Star outfielder and the reigning National League MVP, Bryce Harper, is the newest addition to the team in stars and stripes. Last year’s MVP is #ALLIN for the #WorldBaseballClassic. pic.twitter.

Ben Simmons returns to Philadelphia on November 22 (a TNT game), assuming he plays.

• The NBA is going international again, with the Bulls facing the Pistons on Jan. 19 in Paris, and the Heat and Spurs will play in Mexico City on Dec. 17.

• The final day of the NBA regular season is April 9, and all 30 teams will play that day.

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