By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Aug 04, 2009 at 3:49 PM

For me, the NBA season can't come soon enough. So, today's schedule release is music to my ears.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics launch the 2009-10 NBA season on Oct. 27. It's Shaq's debut with the Cavs. The Cavs battle the Lakers on Christmas again this season, too.

The Bucks open the home portion of their 42nd NBA season on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. against Central Division rivals, Detroit. The Pistons feature former Bucks tweeter Charlie Villanueva, along with stars Tayshaun Prince, Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton

The home opener is the first of 22 weekend home games on the schedule. The Bucks have won five of their last six home openers but start the season on the road at Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 30.

We'll get a good, early look at the Bucks as they have a season-high, six-game homestand that runs from Nov. 7 to 20 and brings New York, Denver, Golden State, Dallas, New Jersey and Charlotte to town.

Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic make their lone visit of the season during Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, Nov. 28, while the NBA Champion Lakers come to town on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Shaq, LeBron James. Mo Williams and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in Milwaukee on Sunday, Dec. 6 (2 p.m.) and Saturday, March 6.

Milwaukee will host two long home stands in March. The first is a four-game set from March 6-14 featuring Cleveland, Boston, Utah and Indiana. The second home stand is the second longest of the season at five games. Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Memphis and the L.A. Clippers will all visit the Bradley Center in that string.

Once again this season, weekday home games will start at 7 p.m. and all but one of the Friday / Saturday games will start at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday, Nov. 28 Magic-Bucks home game begins at 8 p.m. Milwaukee's three Sunday home games will be played on Dec. 6 vs. Cleveland at 2 p.m., March 14 vs. Indiana at 12 p.m. and March 28 vs. Memphis at 2 p.m.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.