The Kristaps Porzingis return to Madison Square Garden is one of many high-profile games for the New York Knicks in 2019-20.
Those fans won’t have to wait long for Porzingis’ first game at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Porzingis and company will play in MSG on Nov. 14. That will be the second and final time the Knicks face Porzingis. Their first encounter will come on Nov. 8.
Other notable games on the schedule for next season include the team’s season opener at San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and their home opener against the Boston Celtics on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Spurs game will be an early encounter for Marcus Morris. The power forward backed out of an agreement with the Spurs to sign with the Knicks for more money.
The Celtics will also be Enes Kanter’s first time back in Madison Square Garden since he parted ways with the Knicks. It will be interesting to see what kind of reception the outspoken center receives.
On Friday, Oct. 25, the Knicks will travel across town for their first of four meetings with the Brooklyn Nets. While the Nets are the heavy hitters in the Big Apple, the Knicks are going to have to play the role of underdog.
The Knicks will also have three nationally televised games this year. That seems like a paltry amount for the Knicks. But they’ll have to play their way back into the national spotlight after whiffing in 2019 free agency.
The first nationally televised game is the Porzingis return, for obvious reasons. Additionally, the Knicks and Nets will be shown on TNT on Thursday, Dec. 26. The third and final nationally televised game of the year will be Zion Williamson‘s MSG debut as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, Jan. 10.