TNT announced plans Tuesday to open its 2011-12 NBA regular-season broadcast schedule November 1 with a double-header featuring the defending champion Dallas Mavericks playing the Chicago Bulls, and the L.A. Lakers playing the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The network also pointed out that freshly-retired star Shaquille O’Neal will be joining Charles Barkley, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Ernie Johnson in the “NBA on TNT” studio in Atlanta.

Of course, all of this November 1 business depends on the current NBA lockout. According to Reuters, the NBA appears nowhere near close to ending its player lockout in time for the start of the regular season. NBA owners locked out their players July 1, and there have been no negotiations since that time.

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