Well, they did an annoyingly good job of keeping the full schedule under wraps until this NBA TV special, but iit's finally arrived. I need to get in the car and drive for a few hours (and/or pull over and cower in fear while a tornado passes by), but here are a few quick items of note on the schedule:
Opener: November 1 in Brooklyn against the Nets. 7 PM on TNT.
Home opener: November 2 against the Heat
Four games in five nights to open the season? Yeap, including a home-and-home back-to-back with the Sixers. Really, the first week or two looks like one of the roughest stretches of the season.
Christmas Day Game? Yeap, against the Lakers. 3 PM on ABC.
MLK Day Matinee at home? As always! January 21, 3:30 PM against the Nets.
Game on my birthday? Mmhmm. Against the Heat on national TV. Yikes.
Long road trips: Five games on the West Coast between March 11 and March 18 (No other trips longer than three games, as far as I can tell).
Long home stands: Six games between December 15 and December 23, Five games between January 27 and February 4.
National TV appearances (not counting NBA TV): 25
Friday Night games: 16. Oh well. We can hope for 66-16.
Jeremy Lin, Toney Douglas, and Josh Harrellson return to New York: December 17 (Knicks play in Houston on November 23)
Landry Fields returns to New York: February 13
Carmelo Anthony returns to Denver: March 13
Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas return to Portland: March 14
Will the Knicks play in London this year? Al Iannazzone heard that. I don't know how that would work. Update: dball500 points out that the Knicks have a game with the time "TBD" against the Pistons on January 17. There are no games for several days before or after that. Could that be the London game?
Will the Knicks will play all 29 teams a few times, both home and away, just like everybody else? Yeap.
Incidentally, I've made arrangements to head up to Montreal for that preseason game against the Raptors (which, ironically, means I'll miss watching the game in Albany-- much closer to my home-- the very next day). Lookin' forward to that.
Okay, lemme know what else y'all see here!