Rapid Reaction: 2012-13 schedule
July, 26, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Here are highlights of the Nets' 2012-13 schedule (click here for the complete schedule):
THE BARCLAYS IS OPEN: The Nets will open up their inaugural season in Brooklyn by hosting their East River rivals, the Knicks, at the $1 billion Barclays Center on Nov. 1. It'll be the first time Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and the new-look Nets will take the floor together in a regular-season contest.
The Nets will also host the Knicks on Dec. 11. They'll head into Manhattan to face New York at the Garden on Dec. 19 and Jan. 21.
DWIGHTMARE RETURNS: The Nets will "welcome" Dwight Howard and the Magic on Nov. 11 -- that is, if Howard is still in Orlando. Could this be D-12's first chance to play in his future home arena? The two teams will play in Orlando two days earlier.
HEAT CHECK: The defending champion Heat will make their first and only visit to Brooklyn on Nov. 30.
CHRISTMAS SHOWDOWN: The Nets will host the Celtics in a Christmas Day affair at noon.
BACK TO HOTLANTA: Johnson returns to Atlanta to face his former team on Jan. 16.
COOLEST HOMESTAND: During a four-game stretch at the Barclays Center, the Nets take on Orlando (Jan. 28), Miami (Jan. 30), Chicago (Feb. 1) and the Lakers (Feb. 5).
LINSANITY: Jeremy Lin and the Rockets will invade Brooklyn on Feb. 22.
KICKBOXING THROWDOWN: Mikhail Prokhorov's and Mark Cuban's teams will play March 1 in Brooklyn. Then Mavericks fans will get a chance to vociferously boo D-Will on March 20 when the Nets travel to Dallas, the only other team Williams considered in free agency.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE: The Nets will play on national television 17 times this season: nine times on ESPN, five times on NBA TV and three times on TNT. Last season, the Nets did not appear on either ESPN or TNT.
BACK-TO-BACK COUNT: The Nets will play 21 sets of back-to-back games. But unlike last season, they won't play any back-to-back-to-backs.
HITTIN' THE ROAD: The Nets will embark on an eight-game roadtrip through Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles (Clippers), Phoenix, Portland, Denver, Utah and Cleveland from March 18 to April 3.