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Stop The Friggin’ Presses! Miami Heat Will Be Part Of ESPN’s First NBA Broadcast In 3D!

Jumpin’ Jesus on a pogo stick! I have to tell you, I did not see this one coming. At all. I mean, of all the teams ESPN could choose from, why would they go and pull a silly stunt like this and elect to go with the Miami Heat? It boggles the mind, really.

But that appears to the be the case. That’s right, kids, on December 17th, when tWWL launches its 8-game package of NBA regular season games which can be viewed in stunning 3D technology, the Miami Heat will be involved. Even better? They will be taking on the small market New York Knicks in a clash of teams who, all things being even, were not expected to generate much of a buzz this upcoming season.

Via ESPN Media Zone:

The first-ever NBA telecast on ESPN 3D will feature the Miami Heat and its new core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh versus the New York Knicks and Amare Stoudemire at Madison Square Garden – the Heat’s first trip to the Garden this season – on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET. This highly anticipated matchup will be the first of eight regular-season NBA games on the new network. Other schedule highlights include Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers appearing twice on ESPN 3D (Friday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Feb. 11) as well as the Orlando Magic with Dwight Howard making two appearances – Friday, Feb. 25, and Friday, March 4.

In addition to the regular season, ESPN 3D will also televise six games during the NBA Playoffs, including three Western Conference Finals games.

The Lakers, too? Twice? Awesome. The developing 3D TV phenomenon, while compelling, remains in its infancy stages of development for me to get excited at all about it. Personally, I’ll be waiting until prices come down on the sets before I make the plunge. Once they get below $100, I’m all over this budding technology, baby.

ESPN 3D Announces First NBA Regular-Season Game Dec. 17 – Miami at New York [ESPN Media Zone]
(previously at the Sportress: Lame: ESPN.com’s “The Heat Index” Page Set To Debut October 11th)