Nets to reportedly start season hosting Knicks, Heat begin with ring ceremony vs Celtics

Wednesday July 25th, 2012

The Nets will reportedly host the Knicks on opening night. (Jeyhoun Allebaugh/Getty Images)

The NBA schedule isn't officially released until 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, but key games are already leaking.

According to a report Wednesday afternoon from Al Iannazzone, the New York Knicks beat writer for Newsday, the Nets will kickoff their innaugural season in Brooklyn by hosting the Knicks in a nationally televised game on Nov. 1.

The game between the Knicks and Nets will set the stage for what is expected to be a cross-river rivalry featuring some of the NBA's most prominent stars in Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire for the Knicks and Deron Williams and Joe Johnson for the Nets.

Jason Kidd, now a member of the Knicks, led the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances including the franchise's first in a 2002 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The following night, the Knicks will host LeBron James and the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks lost to the Heat in Game 5 in the first round of last season's playoffs. According to Ira Winderman, Heat beat writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Heat will receive their championship rings on Oct. 30 when the team kicks off the season by hosting the Boston Celtics, the team that took Miami to the brink of elimination in Game 7 of last seasons Eastern Conference Finals. A month after that series, Ray Allen left Boston for Miami.

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