The Brooklyn Nets will open up their inaugural campaign at the Barclays Center against the Knicks on Nov. 1 in a nationally televised game at 7 p.m., a source confirmed. It’s a surprising move, and perhaps a dangerous one for the Nets, who are trying to establish themselves as Brooklyn’s team in historically Knicks territory. The Knicks will then play the Miami Heat at home Nov. 2 on ESPN, according to the Miami Herald. The NBA season begins Oct. 30, and the entire schedule will be announced on Thursday on NBA TV.
During one of the Nets’ final games of last season played in Newark — when Knicks fans again overran the Prudential Center and turned it into an away game for the Nets — team CEO Brett Yormark declared that atmosphere will never happen in Brooklyn.
It won’t take long to figure out if he was incorrect.
Even at their peak in New Jersey with Jason Kidd running the show, Knicks fans dominated East Rutherford at head-to-head matchups. But with a new city, a new arena and a playoff-contending team, the hope is that the Nets will at least control a borough with over two million people. The Nets have sold close to 10,000 season tickets, according to a team representative.