The 2015-16 NBA schedule dropped today. The Knicks will open Wednesday, October 28th, in Milwaukee, against a rising Bucks team who added purported Knick free-agent target Greg Monroe and secured a quarter-billion dollars in public funding for a new arena. The next night, the Knicks have their home opener (and first of seven nationally televised games in 2015-16) against the Atlanta Hawks and ex-Knick Tim Hardaway Junior. It's a tough opening act for New York: 14 of their 18 November games come against teams likely to make the playoffs.
Then there's this:
NY was fortunate in only having to play CLE and CHI 3X times last yr instead of 4X. This yr, they get DET, IND, ORL & WAS 3X instead of 4X— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) August 12, 2015
Other notable notes:
-- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will see the Knicks twice right off the bat. New York's in Cleveland Wednesday, November 4th, then host the Cavs the following Friday the 13th.
-- Steph Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors come to town Sunday, January 31. The Knicks play in Oakland Wednesday, March 16.
-- Good call, thodoris_k and Tim Cato: the Knicks have 17 back-to-back sets but no 4-in-5s.
-- The longest road trip is a six-game stretch. From March 8-19, the Knicks visit Denver, Phoenix, the Clippers, the Lakers, Golden State, and Washington.
-- The longest home stand is an early one. Between November 27 and December 4, the Knicks host Miami, Houston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. Amar'e Stoudemire makes his Garden return with the Heat, Jahlil Okafor makes his Garden debut, and the Nets showcase a certain tiny-handed guard and malingering seven-footer who used to be Knicks.
-- Final home game: Sunday, April 10, vs. Toronto. Road finale: two days later. Indiana.
-- New York visits Brooklyn January 13 and February 19. The last inter-borough battle is Friday, April 1, at MSG.
-- The Knicks continue their Martin Luther King Junior Day tradition when they host the 76ers the afternoon of Monday, January 18.
-- No Christmas game this year, but the holiday season's no time to let up. The Knicks visit Cleveland two days before Christmas, then play a back-to-back in Atlanta and Boston the two days after.
-- First Celtic/Knick game in NY this year: Tuesday, January 12.
-- D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers' lone visit to the Mecca comes early: Sunday, November 8. Could be Kobe's goodbye, if you're into that sort of thing.
-- Top draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns and his Minnesota Timberwolves come to town Wednesday, December 16.
-- Jahlil Okafor vs. Kristaps Porzingis, round 1: Wednesday, December 2.
-- Friday, January 22, the Los Angeles Clippers make their only appearance on Broadway. You can have Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. I'm pumped for Pablo Prigioni's triumphant return, and less-pumped-but-maybe-I'll-raise-an-eyebrow for Cole Aldrich's not-truimphant-but-I-mean-he-exists-and-damnit-that's-more-than-can-be-said-for-lots-of-people return.
-- On Monday, December 21, Orlando makes its first trip to NY. Yes, that means Mario Hezonja will be making his Mecca debut then...but more importantly, it means Jason Smith returns to New York. Jah vs. KOQ. Come get some!
What games are you looking forward to? Discuss!