New York basketball fans won't have to wait very long to see the Knicks and Nets square off next season.
The Knicks will be the Nets' first regular-season opponent in their new home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to league sources. Both teams open the 2012-13 campaign with that Nov. 1 matchup, which also will be televised nationally on TNT, the sources said.
The Knicks will hold their home opener the next night at the Garden against LeBron James and the NBA champion Miami Heat, according to a report. The Heat eliminated the Knicks in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season.
The entire 2012-13 schedule will be announced Thursdayat 7 in a one-hour show on NBA TV.
It is somewhat surprising that the Nets aren't opening their new arena against a team other than the Knicks.
When the Nets and Knicks met in New Jersey, most of the building was filled with Knicks fans. Nets players were booed at the foul line and chants of "Let's Go Knicks" filled the arena. It bothered many Nets players, including All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
The Nets are expected to have a bigger fan base in Brooklyn than in New Jersey, but they're still playing in the heart of Knicks country. So there could still be a large number of Knicks fans cheering the visitors and booing the home team as the Nets try to establish themselves in their new building.
Brewer signs. Ron Brewer officially signed his one-year deal for about $1 million with the Knicks Wednesday. The versatile, defensive-minded shooting guard has been a starter for much of his six-year NBA career with the Jazz, Grizzlies and Bulls and could play that role for the Knicks.