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Knicks will open season at home, Nets in Detroit

New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. looks on after he sinks a three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on Friday, April 6, 2018. / Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Knicks will open their season at home for the first time in four years. The Nets will travel to Detroit and then head back to Barclays Center to take on their crosstown rivals in their second game.

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The NBA on Friday afternoon unveiled its full season schedule, which includes LeBron James’ official Staples Center introduction when the Lakers take on the Rockets in their first home game Oct. 20. James will return to Cleveland on Nov. 21.

LeBron James will make two trips to the Big Apple with his new team, the Lakers: to Brooklyn on Dec. 18  and to Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

The Knicks have a few games worth circling on the calendar: They will open against the Hawks on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and face Kyrie Irving and the Celtics four times — two home, two away — starting Oct. 20. (Irving is potentially a big target for the Knicks and is set to hit free agency next July.)

The Knicks’ schedule includes five nationally televised games and a game in London; they will play the Wizards on Jan. 17 in the franchise’s third-ever game in England. The Knicks will play the Bucks in a matinee game at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day. They have another matinee, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, against the Thunder, one of eight afternoon games at the Garden this season.

James will visit the Garden for a noon game on St. Patrick’s Day. The defending NBA champion Warriors will visit MSG on Oct. 26 and Barclays Center two days later. Knicks coach David Fizdale, who was fired by the Grizzlies last season, will return to Memphis on Nov. 25.

March 9 will feature a Knicks-Rangers doubleheader at MSG, with the Knicks tipping off at noon against Sacramento before the Rangers take on the Devils that night.

The Knicks’ longest homestand will be six games, from March 20 to April 1. Their longest road trip also will be six games, kicking off Dec. 27.

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As for the Nets, after their road opener against the Pistons, they will face the Knicks at Barclays Center on Oct. 19. Jeremy Lin will return to Barclays with the Hawks on Dec. 16, and the Nets will host the Kings on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Nets have a season-high nine home games in December. Their longest road trip of the year — seven games — is in March.

The Nets have one scheduled ESPN game on Feb. 13 against the Cavaliers. James and the Lakers will visit Brooklyn on Dec. 18.

Other highlights throughout the league include Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio on Jan. 3 and DeMar DeRozan’s return to Toronto on Feb. 22. The two players were traded for each other.