The Nets have announced their preseason schedule, featuring games vs. the Wizards, Pistons, Sixers, Celtics and Heat, but for the first time in memory, they will NOT face the Knicks. The Nets will play seven games in preseason, their most in three years.
The Nets open in Washington on October 8 vs. the Wizard, then play at home vs. the Pistons on October 12. They face the 76ers on the road on October 14, followed by a home game vs. the Celtics on October 15 and another home game vs. the Heat on October 17 before heading to Boston on October 23, which COULD be the first homecoming for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. Preseason ends on South Beach two days later. All games will be played in NBA arenas, unlike last season when games were played at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and Nassau Coliseum.
Billy King tweeted that the Celtics games were scheduled last year, well before the trade.
@ChrisMannixSI preseason done a year ago way before the trade.— Billy King (@bkdefend) July 25, 2013
Boston writers suggest that Nets hold out Pierce and Garnett during the pre-season game in Boston to lend added drama to their first regular season game in Boston. Chris Mannix of SI tweeted that no one, not the Celtics, the Nets or the players want the debut to be in preseason.
As to the absence of the Knicks on the schedule, Stefan Bondy reports that according to a team source, "the preseason contract with the Knicks expired and wasn't renewed because the Nets needed to schedule two games, home-and-away. The Garden is undergoing its last summer renovations and wasn't available. So, instead, the Nets are flying all the way to South Beach."