The NBA may be in lockout mode right now. But if Amare Stoudemire isn’t barnstorming his way through China with Kobe Bryant by the time it’s time to start the season, a whopping 14 of his Knicks game will appear on ESPN and ABC, as well as eight games on TNT. Here are a few games that might be of interest.
Nov. 2 – The opener at Madison Square Garden against Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, with LeBron James and Company.
Dec. 25 – Celtics at home. This will be the third straight year the Knicks will play a noon Christmas Day game at home. At least they picked a rival.
Jan. 16 – The second of six afternoon games on the schedule as the
Sacramento Kings hit town for the annual Martin Luther King Day game.
Feb. 19 – The World Champion Dallas Mavericks hit the Garden for a 1 p.m. game. The remaining afternoon contests include March 11 against Philadelphia, April 8 against Chicago, and April 15 against Miami.
The schedule-maker wasn’t particularly kind to the Knicks, given a seven-game road trip from Nov. 14 to 26 against the Jazz, Nuggets, Lakers, Suns, Kings, Nets, and Sixers. They have three four-game home stands, all of which they’ll have to take advantage of if that first segment of the season (10 out of first 13 are on the road) takes a physical and mental toll on them.