Mavs Get Early Pre-Season Look at Their New Biggest Rival

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    If there’s an escalation of the Rockets-Mavericks rivalry in the wake of Dallas stealing Chandler Parsons in free agency, we’ll get a glimpse of it right off the bat.

    The Mavs will open the 2014-15 season with a pre-season game against Houston at American Airlines Center Oct. 7.

    The Rockets had grand plans to keep Parsons and add Chris Bosh, but those plans fell apart and they wound up having the worst summer of any NBA team. In damage control mode, Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey, center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden have all trashed Parsons and minimized the effects of his departure up Interstate 45.

    The Mavs will also play Vince Carter and his new team, the Grizzlies, in the preseason, will see LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers, and will complete the exhibition schedule Oct. 24 with new point guard Jameer Nelson returning to Orlando, where he played 10 seasons.

    The complete pre-season schedule:

    • Oct. 7 vs. Rockets
    • Oct. 10: vs. Thunder
    • Oct. 12: vs. Pacers
    • Oct. 17: at Cavaliers
    • Oct. 18: at Pacers
    • Oct. 20: vs. Grizzlies
    • Oct. 23: at Pelicans
    • Oct. 24: at Magic

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.