The Knicks are going to Europe for the first time in 20 years. The NBA today made it official: the Knicks will play an exhibition game Oct. 3 in Milan, Italy against Armani Jeans Milano, which is the former team of both Danilo Gallinari and Mike D'Antoni.
Wonder who will get the louder cheers: Gallo, D'Antoni or LeBron James?
The Knicks will play a second game on their European tour (and first preseason game), Oct. 6 in Paris against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Coincidentally, the T-Wolves will play two games in Europe, but they won't be in Barcelona, where their prized draft pick, Ricky Rubio, remains. Instead, Pau Gasol and the Lakers will play Regal FC Barcelona on Oct. 7. The Lakers and T-Wolves will play Oct. 4 in London.
The NBA has been sending teams to play preseason exhibition games since 1988. The Knicks participated in the McDonald's Open in Barcelona in 1990 but since then haven't returned overseas. The arrival of Gallinari made the Knicks an easy choice and there was talk the Knicks were supposed to go this season, but Gallinari's back issue as a rookie was enough to postpone the trip a year.