A quick Monday update:
The Heat will play host to Oklahoma City in a Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch, according to several league sources that have seen the NBA’s tentative schedule due to be released this week.
That Heat-Thunder game is set for 5:30 p.m. on ABC.
Though the league has the right to change anything before the schedule is released Wednesday or Thursday, the schedule being circulated around the league has the Heat playing the first game of the NBA season, at home against the Boston Celtics, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. That game would be on TNT.
If they follow protocol of most NBA champions, the Heat will receive its championship rings that night. The game not only would be a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals, but also Heat guard Ray Allen’s first game against his former team.
The last time the Heat won the championship (2006), it lost its first game of the following season, 108-66, at home against Chicago.
The Heat’s opening-week schedule will have one other marquee game: Miami will visit the Knicks on Friday, Nov. 2, with ESPN televising.
Other tidbits: The Heat will play a New Year's Eve day game at Orlando, and the Lakers will visit Feb. 10.
UM has landed its first oral commitment from a South Florida player in the top 100 of national prospects. Northwestern cornerback Artie Burns, ESPN's 69th best prospect in the nation, orally committed to UM today.
University School defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, who de-committed from FSU recently, also is strongly considering UM. ESPN has him 41st among all prospects.
UM now has two oral commitments among the nation's 100 prospects. The others are New Jersey quarterback Kevin Olsen (67) and Tampa area receiver/tight end Travis Johnson (77).
Carol City assistant coach Dennis Alexander said UM informed him Monday that it has changed its mind and wants high-scoring combo guard DeAndre Burnett to enroll at UM in August instead of going to prep school for a year. “DeAndre is excited,” Alexander said. “It’s 95 percent set that he’s going to UM” this fall.
Burnett, who averaged 36.2 points and was third in the nation in scoring at one point, would fill the slot vacated by UM’s decision to part ways with New York guard Melvin Johnson, who was cut loose for academic reasons. The graduation of Malcolm Grant could create immediate playing time for Burnett, behind Durand Scott, Rion Brown and Shane Larkin.
### A close associate of Randy Shannon told us this morning he has taken the linebackers job at TCU.
TCU has refused to confirm it, but ESPN and other outlets are now saying a deal is being finalized.
### For lots of Dolphins and UM/NCAA news, see our last post.