Grizzlies start season at home Oct. 28

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies will tip off their ninth NBA season in the Bluff City Wednesday, Oct. 28, against the Detroit Pistons at FedExForum.

Under the schedule announced Tuesday, Memphis plays 21 of its 41 home games on the weekend.

Kobe Bryant and the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers play in Memphis Feb. 1 and Feb. 23.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by 2008-09 NBA MVP LeBron James and newly acquired Shaquille O'Neal, make their lone appearance in Memphis on Dec. 8.

The Boston Celtics make their only appearance at FedExForum on Dec. 14.

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