Sports 101

By , Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Welcome to the post-lockout, post-Michael Jordan NBA season. The 50-game schedule begins today, more than three months late and 32 games short. Players must cram 50 games into 90 days and at the same time try to win back fans. The season kicks off with a string of games tonight, including a doubleheader on TNT: New York is at Orlando, and Houston takes on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Q: Besides the short schedule, what are some other oddities of the 1999 season?

A: Besides the short schedule, what are some other oddities of the 1999 season?

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Q: Now that Michael Jordan has retired from the Chicago Bulls, who is likely to take his place as the game's megastar?

A: Now that Michael Jordan has retired from the Chicago Bulls, who is likely to take his place as the game's megastar?

Q: Which teams are expected to make it to the playoffs this year?

A: Which teams are expected to make it to the playoffs this year?

Q: How has the lockout affected the players' preparation for the season?

A: How has the lockout affected the players' preparation for the season?

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