Report: Knicks to open NBA season in Brooklyn against Nets

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Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks drives against Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The NBA isn’t releasing its 2012-13 schedule until Thursday, but reports of a season opening showdown in Brooklyn have surfaced. The newly moved Brooklyn Nets will square off against the New York Knicks, according to Newsday source. With their move to Brooklyn, the Nets will surely form a heated basketball rivalry with the neighboring Knicks. What better way to start the rivalry then from game one? Newsday reports:

It will be the first of four meetings between the Knicks and Nets.

The Knicks will hold their home opener the next night at The Gardenagainst 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 on Thursday at 7 p.m. 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.

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