Here are the highlights of the Knicks’ 2014-15 schedule:
Tough start: The NBA didn’t do the Knicks any favors in the first seven days of the season.
They open at home against the Bulls in an ESPN game on Wednesday, Oct. 29. On the next night, New York travels to Cleveland to take on LeBron James, Kevin Love (we think) and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Cavs' first game with James back.
The Knicks then head home to host a Charlotte team on the rise featuring New York City guys Kemba Walker and Lance Stephenson in the backcourt on Sunday, Nov. 2. Then the Knicks host Washington and its star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Ouch.
All in all, the Knicks face the Cavs three times and the Bulls three times.
New York hosts LeBron in a Cleveland uniform for the first time since 2010 on Dec. 4, which is the first game of a home-road back-to-back.
East River rivalry: The Knicks-Nets rivalry enters its third season with both teams surrounded by question marks. It’s fair to wonder if Knicks-Nets will be appointment television in New York this season. We'll find out Nov. 7, when the Knicks travel to Barclays Center for the first Knicks-Nets tilt. The Knicks host the Nets on Dec. 2, two days before welcoming King James to the Garden.
They are at Brooklyn on Feb. 6, a day before they host Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry and Golden State at MSG. The Knicks and Nets finish things up April 1 at the Garden. Will this game have playoff implications in the Atlantic Division?
Road kill? The Knicks host Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin and the Lakers on Feb. 1 and travel to La La Land to face the Lake Show on March 12. That’s the middle game of a season-high five-game road trip for New York. The trip falls in a stretch where the Knicks play 10 of 14 games on the road, including trips to Phoenix and Golden State.
The Knicks have four back-to-backs during that 14-game stretch and 20 back-to-backs overall. They also have two sets of four games in five nights in 2014-15 and play seven games in 10 nights between March 19 and March 28.
Reunions: Derek Fisher heads back to Oklahoma City on Nov. 28 and hosts the Thunder on Jan. 28. As noted above, the Knicks are in L.A. on March 12. Will Phil Jackson be there? The Knicks host Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The Knicks travel to London to play Jason Kidd and the Bucks on Jan. 15 at O2 Arena and face Anthony Davis and the Hornets on MLK Day at 5:30 in the annual game at MSG on that holiday.
In all, the Knicks have 16 games on national television, including nine on ESPN, one on ABC and six on TNT. For comparison’s sake, the Bulls and Cavs each have an NBA-high 10 TNT games. Six teams play 10 games on ESPN. The Thunder play an NBA-high six ABC games.
Question: what do you think about the Knicks' schedule? Which games are you most excited for?
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