The D-League announced its schedule Monday and the Long Island Nets will open on the road in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, vs the Bulls affiliate, then play three more games on the road before their home opener at Barclays Center.
The Windy City Bulls and Long Island Nets begin their NBA D-League tenures with a matchup on opening night at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates at 8 p.m. ET, Friday, November 11. The game is the first of four on the road for the Nets, who return to Brooklyn to play the first-ever regular season NBA D-League game at Barclays Center on Wednesday, November. 23 against the Canton Charge at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Long Island’s 50-game schedule includes 24 home games and 24 road matchups, as well as two games that the team will play as a part of the annual NBA D-League Showcase in January.
All 24 of the L.I. Nets home games will be played in the afternoon at Barclays, with most games starting at 1:30 p.m., but a few will start later. On 22 of the D-League team's home dates, the Brooklyn Nets will also play at Barclays. All but one of those 22 will have the L.I. Nets precede the Brooklyn Nets. The only exception is March 19 when the Nets play the Mavericks at noon and the L.I. Nets follow vs.the 905 Raptors at 4 p.m.
There was nothing in Monday's announcement on whether the combinations will be billed or ticketed as "double-headers." In the past, Nets management has said that Barclays will use "curtaining technology" to create a smaller venue within the Brooklyn arena.
The L.I. Nets, who will practice with their parent club at the HSS Training Center this year, will move to the renovated Nassau Coliseum for the 2017-18 season. It's expected that the L.I. Nets will move out of the HSS Training Center and into a more convenient location as well.
Ronald Nored, the 25-year-old former Celtic coaching assistant, and Ryan Gomes, the former NBA player, will handle coaching duties for Long Island.