When the NBA first released its schedule for the season, the New York Knicks thought they would be facing the Brooklyn Nets in the season-opener, but instead they’ll square off against the Miami Heat.
Due to conditions around the tri-state area following Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially announced on Wednesday that the Knicks-Nets season-opener would be postponed. The game has been rescheduled and will be played on Monday, November 26 at the Nets $1 billion Barclays Center as well as televised nationally at 7 p.m. on TNT.
“Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm.”
The Knicks will instead begin their season against the defending champion Miami Heat on Friday, November 2 at Madison Square Garden. The match-up will be nationally televised at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
“I think early on it’s always best to play (the) best teams just to gauge or see where you are as a team,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. “Our schedule is what it is. We got some tough opponents coming up. We can’t run from it…. We got to step out on the floor and be ready to play.”
In an off-season where the Knicks added Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Ronnie Brewer, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace, there has been plenty of debate over how good the oldest team in NBA history can be. The average age on the Knicks is 31.6 years.
Like the Heat with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Knicks have their own superstar talent with Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. However, Stoudemire is expected to miss at least 6 weeks due to a knee injury.