The New York Knicks released their official 2017-18 regular-season schedule on Monday, which includes their home opener on Oct. 21 against the Detroit Pistons and a West Coast trip in late January.
New York announced it would open the season on Oct. 19 on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder and would play the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Christmas at noon.
The Knicks will have 13 games on national TV, according to Yaya Dubin. Two games will be on ABC, six will be broadcasted on ESPN and five will be shown on NBATV.
The Knicks will host the Houston Rockets, the team that forward Carmelo Anthony would reportedly only waive his no-trade clause for, on Nov. 1 and play them in Houston on Nov. 25.
New York faces the defending champion Golden State Warriors on the road on Jan. 23 and at home on Feb. 26, and will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 29, Nov. 13, April 9 and Aprill 11 -- the Knicks' last two regular-season games.
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The first reaction many people have to the Knicks schedule is that they have 13 nationally televised games. It sounds crazy considering the Knicks are not likely to be very good or a playoff team. People forget, though, that it's the Knicks. It's New York. It's the biggest market in the country. Even when the Knicks are bad, they get ratings and people will watch. New Yorkers are everywhere around the world and people will watch them in other markets.
The first couple of weeks provide some interesting matchups. They open the season against the new-look Thunder with Paul George added to their arsenal. The next weekend prior to Halloween, they take on the Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers. The next week, they may see Anthony make his return to MSG if a deal with Houston gets done ... or it could be his first look at his future team. Two weeks into the season, and the Knicks will take on the two best teams in the East and two of the best in the West. Ending the season with a back-to-back against Derrick Rose and the Cavs should be intriguing as well.