New York Knicks Enes Kanter
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The New York Knicks released their schedule for the 2018-19 season on Friday with five nationally televised games.

The NBA schedule is out. A much-needed break from the dog days of the NBA summer came when the New York Knicks announced their schedule for the 2018-19 season.

The Knicks open the season at home, for the first time since 2014, against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. The matchup pits Kevin Knox against arguably the most popular rookie in his class. No pressure.

New York plays five games on national TV; including two games against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. New York also plays the Wizards in London on Jan. 17.

Some other notable dates are LeBron James‘ first game at the Garden as a member of the Lakers: Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17 at noon. Head coach David Fizdale returns to Memphis on Nov. 25.

A return date is yet to be announced for Kristaps Porzingis so it’s still hard to guess New York’s record. Without their star, New York doesn’t stand a chance at a playoff berth. With him, they could make a run at the eight seed. The Eastern Conference has gotten even weaker since the departure of James.

New York will depend heavily on their rookies and leader Enes Kanter. The starting center is in a contract year so they should expect big things from him.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.