It’s the middle of August, but the schedule is out, and here are five Nets games I'm looking forward to:
1. Nets vs. Knicks, Nov. 7: Some of the characters (Jason Kidd and Paul Pierce) have changed, but the storyline remains the same. The Nets and Knicks always enjoy playing each other. Even though the two franchises are splitting All-Star Weekend, James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov never mind a win over the local rival.
2. Nets vs. Bucks, Nov. 19: Kidd returns to Brooklyn after a sudden and dramatic divorce last June. Kidd may be in Milwaukee with his new team, but fans will remind Kidd that he’s back in Brooklyn -- and they'll let him know how they feel about his departure.
3. Nets vs. Cavaliers, Dec. 8: The Nets swept LeBron James in the regular season before being eliminated by James and the Heat in the second round. Now LeBron has moved to Cleveland. The Nets played a small role in helping Cleveland land James by trading for Jarrett Jack. Brooklyn is realistic about its title hopes, and that’s why it passed on re-signing Pierce. Still, the Nets will want to see how they fare against the East’s overwhelming favorite.
4. Nets at Raptors, Dec. 17: The Nets and Raptors renew their budding rivalry after a thrilling seven-game battle in the first round from this past postseason. This time, the Nets won’t have Pierce to come up with a big block. Nevertheless, Nets-Raptors should still have some spark to it as Brooklyn battles Toronto for the division.
5. Nets at Wizards, Jan. 16: After trading three first-round picks in a blockbuster deal to land Pierce and Kevin Garnett last summer, the Nets opted not to make an offer to re-sign Pierce this July. Pierce ended up going to Washington to mentor John Wall and Bradley Beal. Something tells us The Truth will be looking to remind the Nets what they passed up on this summer.