The Knicks will open their season with two road games — in San Antonio on Oct. 23 then an early meeting in Brooklyn against Kyrie Irving’s Nets on Oct. 25th, the league announced on Monday.
As reported earlier, the Knicks’ home opener is Oct. 26 vs. Boston and Enes Kanter — the second night of a back-to-back.
The season opener will likely feature a lot of boos for Marcus Morris, the forward who reneged on a Spurs’ deal to sign with the Knicks for one year, $15 million.
Then in Brooklyn, Irving may find out firsthand how strong the Knicks’ fan base is. Barclays Center could be dotted with orange-and-blue patrons booing Irving for the snub. Kevin Durant will miss the game and possibly the whole season while recovering from an Achilles tear.
The Knicks’ first meeting against ex-Knick Kristaps Porzingis will take place in Dallas on Nov. 8, which will also mark the return of point guard Dennis Smith Jr. Porzingis will be at the Garden six days later on Nov. 14 when a battering of jeers for wanting out of New York should be expected.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis come to The Garden on Jan. 22 with the Lakers.
The March home schedule will be interesting with Houston, now with Russell Westbrook, arriving March 2, Golden State invading March 21, Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers in for their lone visit March 23 and defending champion, Toronto, is in town March 25th.
As previously reported, the first regular-season visit to the Garden by No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is Jan. 10 when New Orleans comes to town. Williamson will be at the Garden Oct. 18 in preseason.