Circling a date on a calendar has become obsolete and cliche. Instead, lets say that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce likely have added the night of Jan. 26 to their smartphone's day planner.
That's when they'll return to Boston to face their former team as members of the new-look Nets.
Fans will get their first look at the Nets on Oct. 30 when they open the 2013-14 regular season at Cleveland for Jason Kidd's coaching debut. The home opener will be on Nov. 1 against LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Heat.
The Knicks open their season at home on Oct. 30 against Milwaukee before traveling to Chicago to face Derrick Rose and the Bulls the following night.
The Knicks' new additions have some homecoming-type games of their own with Metta World Peace returning to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on March 25 and Andrea Bargnani's return to Toronto on Dec. 28.
The Knicks and Nets will square off for the first time on Dec. 5 at Barclays Center, with the Nets coming to the Garden on Jan. 20. The NBA's gift to the Knicks on Christmas Day will be Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. James brings his talents to Manhattan when the Heat plays the Knicks on Jan. 9 and again on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 1. Assuming Kobe Bryant is healthy, he'll make his lone trip to the Garden with the Lakers on Jan. 26.
The Lakers' first trip to the area comes on Nov. 27 when they visit Barclays Center. Pierce will face Boston for the first time when the Celtics come to town on Dec. 10. The Nets host the Bulls on Christmas Day and their first game of 2014 will be on Jan. 2 when they visit the Thunder.
The Nets, who will play the Hawks in London on Jan. 16, travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Feb. 23 during a seven-game road trip.
The Knicks and Nets will play twice in the final month of the regular season, at Barclays on April 4 and the Garden on April 15.
The NBA season tips off on Oct. 29 as the Heat faces the Bulls in the long- awaited return of Rose, who hasn't played since tearing his ACL in April 2012. That's followed by a battle for Los Angeles as Chris Paul and the Clippers face the Lakers, who could be without Bryant, recovering from a torn Achilles.