Set your calendars: the NBA will unveil the full league schedule tonight at 6 P.M., including all 82 Brooklyn Nets regular season games.
The schedule unveiling is a fun, frivolous event — it’s literally a work schedule for each organization. But there are some interesting things to keep an eye on. For one, the NBA has aggressively looked at reducing or eliminating back-to-back games, as well as stretches of four games in five nights, particularly when combined with a long travel schedule.
For the Nets, there’s a few dates to mark on the calendar. Who will be Brooklyn’s opening night opponent? Will it come at home or on the road? When will Deron Williams return with the Dallas Mavericks? When are LeBron James & the Cleveland Cavaliers coming to town, or the NBA champion Golden State Warriors? What’s the longest road trip? Will there still be juice with Paul Pierce (now with the Clippers) or Kevin Garnett (with the Timberwolves)?
The Nets are also armed with a lot of cap space next offseason, and could look to pursue either Kevin Durant or Grizzlies guard Mike Conley. Durant is always a draw, but if the Grizzlies come to town late in the year, watch closely for his interactions with Lionel Hollins, who coached Conley for years in Memphis.
One thing you can be sure of: no Christmas Day game for this year’s reimagined, younger Nets squad.
You can watch the schedule unveiling on NBA T.V., or look for it online — we’ll have the full Nets schedule here.