Earlier tonight, the Brooklyn Nets’ first ever full season schedule has been released, starting with a nationally televised matchup with the New York Knicks on November 1st. After having 1 nationally televised game the last two seasons combined, the Nets will have 12 such games this season, with most of them in Brooklyn. This shows the appeal of the new roster and shows that people will care about the Nets next season, which is the opposite of what fans’ felt about the New Jersey Nets.
The two biggest games on the schedule are obviously the opening night game against the Knicks and the Christmas Day game against the Boston Celtics at home. The Knicks game is obviously a must-win, and it is also important that the Barclays Center is full of only Nets fans in its first ever game. For those of you who watched the New Jersey Nets last season, when they hosted the Knicks towards the end of the season, the Prudential Center had more Knicks fans than Nets fans. Although this will never happen again, it is important that Nets fans show up for the first game and don’t sell their tickets to orange-clad Knicks fans. This game is also important to get a first look at which team is better. The Nets really need to win this game.
The other big game is on the NBA’s biggest regular season stage, Christmas. The Nets will be hosting the Boston Celtics, who made the Eastern Conference Finals last season. This game will be about two months into the season, so the Nets should have good chemistry by this point in the season, and this game will be a good test.
I am excited to see the Nets play in meaningful games next year for the first time since the Jason Kidd era and can’t wait for opening night. Tomorrow, I will make a post with the 10 most important games for the Nets next season.