The countdown to Brooklyn is on. The Nets are seven weeks away from running out onto the Barclays Center floor for the first time to face the Wizards in a preseason game, and a little more than two months from Opening Night vs. the Knicks. Workers at the arena are going 24/7. In other words, the nine-year wait for Brooklyn is nearly over.
Between now and then, the team's four Euro's will be playing in the FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament, MarShon Brooks and C.J. Watson will be traveling to Moscow and Johannesburg for Basketball Without Borders and, oh yeah, the team will be unveiling their new uniforms.
August 24 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Romania -- Bosnia, Sibiu, ROU, Transilvania Hall
Georgia -- Latvia, Tbilisi, GEO, Sports Palace
Croatia -- Hungary. Osijek, CRO, Arena of Drava Visual
Turkey -- Portugal, Ankara, TUR, Ankara Arena Sports Palace
August 27 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Netherlands -- Georgia, Almere, NED, Topsportcentrum Almere
Czech Republic -- Turkey, Chomutov, CZE, City Sports Hall
Austria -- Croatia, Schwechat, AUT, Multiversum
August 30 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Latvia -- Bosnia, Riga, LAT, Arena Riga
August 30 - September 2 - Basketball Without Borders, Africa. C.J. Watson will represent the Nets in Johannesburg, South Africa
September 2 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Romania -- Georgia, Sibiu, ROU, Transilvania Hall
Cyprus -- Croatia, Nicosia, CYP, Eleftheria Sports Arena
Belarus -- Turkey, Minsk, BLR, Palace of Sports
Bosnia -- Netherlands, Sarajevo, BIH, Sport Hall Skenderija
September 5 - Expected completion date for Barclays Center. Expect a couple of shakeout events in early September.
September 5 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Georgia -- Bosnia, Tbilisi, GEO, Sports Palace
Croatia -- Ukraine, Slavonski Brod, CRO, Sports Hall Vijus
September 8 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Latvia -- Georgia, Riga, LAT, Arena Riga
Hungary -- Croatia, Szombathely, HUN, Savaria Arena
Bosnia -- Romania, Sarajevo, BIH, Sport Hall Skenderija
Portugal -- Turkey, Coimbra, POR, Dr. Mario Mexia Multisports Hall,
September 11 - FIBA Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament
Croatia -- Austria, Porec, CRO, Sports Hall Zatika
Georgia -- Netherlands, Tbilisi, GEO, Sports Palace
Turkey -- Czech Republic, Istanbul, TUR, Fenerbahce Ülker Arena
September 13 - 16 - Basketball Without Borders, Russia. Marshon Brooks will represent the Nets at this first ever BWB event in Russia.
September 15 - Date Deron Williams would like his teammates to gather at PNY Center in East Rutherford for informal workouts.
September (TBD) - Nets new uniform design to be unveiled, just before training camp. Also, like the Nets team identity, expect the design to be leaked.
September 28 - Opening Night, Barclays Center. Jay-Z will open the arena with a concert. You might see the uniforms as well.
October 1 - Nets training camp opens at PNY Center in East Rutherford.
October 2 - First sporting event at Barclays, a preseason NHL game between the Islanders and Devils.
October 5 - Celtics vs. Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey. Nets draft picks Bojan Bogdanovic and Ilkan Karaman play for Fener.
October 13 - Nets open pre-season vs. 76ers at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, 7:00 p.m.
October 15 - Nets play first pre-season game at Barclays Center, vs. Wizards, 7:30 p.m.
October 16 - Nets play Celtics in a pre-season game at Boston's TD Garden, 7:30 p.m.
October 18 - Nets play Celtics in a pre-season game at Barclays Center, 8:00 p.m., TNT
October 19 - Nets play 76ers in a pre-season game at Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 24 - Nets play Knicks in a pre-season game at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 7:30 p.m.
November 1 - Opening Night at Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks