Kathy Kmonicek, Associated Press
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over New Jersey Nets' Stephen Graham (26) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in New York.

There's stretches of three games in three nights. Some small-market teams won't host some of the league's elite teams this season, missing out on guaranteed sellouts that make the bottom line look better. Travel demands may be worse on clubs than ever before.

It may be most quirky NBA schedule ever.

The NBA lockout had many consequences. There were hundreds of lost games, not to mention hundreds of millions of lost dollars. Also lost was this — the longstanding tradition that every team plays in every NBA city at least once over the course of the season.

While teams will visit every other team in their own conference, they will only make trips to play nine clubs from the other side of the league instead of the usual 15.