Report: Nets to open 2012-13 vs. Knicks
The full 2012-13 NBA schedule won’t officially be released until Thursday night, but Newsday has cited league sources in reporting that the Nets will open both their 2012-13 NBA campaign and their brand-new digs at the Barclays Center by hosting the New York Knicks on November 1.
The game, which is also reportedly set to be televised nationally, will be the first of four meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals. It will be the first of back-to-back blockbuster games for the Knicks. who, according to Newsday, will play the home opener at Madison Square Garden the next night against the Miami Heat – who knocked out the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals en route to winning the NBA Championship.
The Nets of course missed the playoffs last year, but GM Billy King has said he believes they are a playoff-caliber team in 2012 after re-signing all of their key free agents and adding Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic, and C.J. Watson, among others.
Should both NYC squads qualify for the playoffs this year, it would mark the first time since 2004 – when the then-New Jersey Nets swept the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – that they have both reached the postseason.