The league released the schedule for the upcoming campaign on Wednesday, and will face a tough slate of opponents out of the gate that include Chicago, San Antonio, Houston and Golden State. Eleven of the Nets' first 16 games will be on the road.
Deron Williams will return to Brooklyn with the Dallas Mavericks on December 23. The Nets do not play on Christmas Day.
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Yikes. Those first 11 games are brutal! The Spurs, Grizzlies, Hawks, Bucks, Rockets, and Warriors all on the road. If Brooklyn can make it out of that stretch at .500 or better, it'll be a very good sign. The Nets have gotten off to painstakingly slow starts their first three years in the borough, and they can't afford one this season. They need to come out and show they can play with the top contenders in the league, or else they may get buried in the East before Thanksgiving.
I, for one, can't wait to see what happens when Williams comes back to Brooklyn, especially what kind of reception he gets. When he's motivated, D-Will can still take over a game, and I'm sure he'd love to show the Nets they made a big mistake. The Nets might not play on the NBA's Christmas stage, but in my eyes, December 23rd will be the main event over the holidays.