May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) reacts on the court against the Miami Heat during the second half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

2012-13 New York Knicks' Schedule Released

The schedule for all NBA teams was released Thursday night and the New York Knicks have some highlighted games right off the bat as the league returns to the normal 82-game schedule.

Apr 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half of game one in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

To kick off the season on November 1, the Knicks will open up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to face the Nets.

The very next day, the Knicks have their home-opener and welcome LeBron James and the NBA champions Miami Heat to Madison Square Garden, the first of four games against the Heat on the season.

While they open up with a back-to-back situation, there are only 18 of them on the year and no back-to-back-to-back situations like we saw in the shortened 2012 season.

Other dates to note:

December 13: After pursuing Steve Nash in the offseason, the Knicks get their first look at Nash and the Lakers as Los Angeles visits the Big Apple.

December  17: The night Jeremy Lin makes his return to Madison Square Garden

December 25: It won’t be Christmas Day in Madison Square garden, but Christmas in Los Angeles as the Knicks travel to take on the Lakers.

February 13: Landry Fields returns to MSG with the Toronto Raptors.

March 13:  Carmelo Anthony’s first trip to Denver since the 2011 trade.

The Knicks will be featured on national television 25 times during the season, playing 10 games on TNT, 10 on ESPN and five on ABC.

Yet while they will be featured nationally, it won’t be easy as the Knicks have some very tough stretches. They open with four games in five nights; and eight of their first nine games are against teams that made the playoffs last season.

In addition, they play seven games in 10 days from Nov. 13-23 with six of those 10 on the road. The final tough stretch features a five-game West Coast swing from March 11-18.

Bow that the entire 2012-13 schedule has been released, November 1 can’t get here fast enough.


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