The full 2019-20 NBA schedule must be close to dropping, because the league has already leaked a few tasty nuggets via the media. It’s a pretty dull Friday afternoon, so let’s take a peak, shall we?
First, for all you fans of watching the Knicks usually lose on Christmas Day, I have some bad news: You’ll have to watch another team lose instead.
Another Christmas showcase game: The Rockets will play the Warriors in San Francisco, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/CkP0jT29DK— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 2, 2019
The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Christmas Day, league sources tell ESPN.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 2, 2019
That’s a pretty sweet slate of games — with the notable exception of New Orleans-Denver — but how should we feel about the first Knicks-less Christmas since 2015? Personally, I’m of two minds on the whole thing: I hated watching the Knicks lose early and ruin the rest of my day, but I loved how much it annoyed the the hep NBA world to be force-fed Knicks gruel on a holiday. I’ll missed their whining.
As for games that actually do involve the Knicks, there will be a big one in November.
Sources: Dallas Mavericks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis makes his return to New York on Nov. 14 to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Porzingis signed a new five-year, $158M maximum deal with Dallas this summer.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 2, 2019
Ugh. NBA Commish Adam Silver and his band of schedule-makers aren’t stupid. They wanted maximum drama, which means we’ll be seeing Porzingis very early in the season, when he traditionally looks like a stud. I would have preferred to catch the Unicorn after January, when he is usually sucking wind trudging up and down the court and barely grazing the front of the rim on his three-point attempts. Knicks fans, however, rarely get what we want.
We’ll keep you updated as the schedule continues to be released.