We're going to assume that Brook Lopez makes Team USA. With Yi Jianlian gone and Johan Petro not participating in the FIBA World Championships, Lopez will be the only Net playing competitively between now and the start of training camp...two months down the road. There will be a lot of basketball being played between now and then, however, most of it overseas.
July 24 - 2010 USA Basketball Showcase - Team USA intra-squad game, Las Vegas, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
August 12-15 - World Basketball Festival at various locations in New York City. The National Teams of USA, China, Brazil, France and Puerto Rico will participate with USA and France squaring off in a Garden exhibition game on August 15. 1 p.m. ET, ESPN2
August 21 - Team USA Exhibition vs. Lithuania, Madrid, 3 p.m. ET, NBA TV
August 22 - Team USA Exhibition vs. Spain, Madrid, 3 p.m. ET, NBA TV
August 25 - Team USA Exhibition vs. Greece, Athens, 12 noon ET, ESPN
August 28-September 12 - FIBA World Championships in Turkey, opening game vs. Croatia.
September 24 - Nets Training Camp opens in East Rutherford.
October 3 - First Preseason Game, Nets vs. Maccabi Haifa of the Israel Super League. 7 p.m., Prudential Center, Newark
Somewhere around that first preseason game, the Nets will head to Beijing and Guangzhou for exhibition games against the Rockets. Expect a big opening night at "The Rock". The NBA schedule makers like to christen new arenas with big match-ups. The Nets are also likely to play two regular season games in London.