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Your First-Ever Brooklyn Nets Game Is October 13

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05:  The Barclay Center, a sports arena and future home of the the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets, is seen under construction on March 5, 2012 at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The stadium is scheduled to open September 28, 2012; the New Jersey Nets will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) This is an old picture. There's a lot more done now.

Unless you're counting Vegas League games — and you shouldn't — the Brooklyn Nets will exist for the first time on this physical plane of consciousness on October 13. That's when they play their first preseason game, at the Philadelphia 76ers. Yesterday was the big preseason schedule release date — we didn't have one of those last year, thanks to the lockout — and both the Nets and the Knicks set their full skeds. The highlights: The first Nets game at Barclays Center is October 15 against Washington; the Knicks and Nets will play each other at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on October 24; the Knicks play Toronto in Montreal on October 19 and Boston in Albany on October 20. The Knicks won't have any preseason home games because of the ongoing Garden renovations. Anyway, yeah, it's all almost here. Full preseason sked post this little jump thing here.

New York Knicks Preseason Schedule
October 11: at Washington, 7 p.m.
October 13: vs. Boston, Hartford, 7:30 p.m.
October 19: vs. Toronto, Montreal, 7 p.m.
October 20: vs. Boston, Albany, 7:30 p.m.
October 24: vs. New York, Nassau Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets Preseason Schedule
October 13: at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
October 15: vs. Washington, Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 16: at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
October 18: vs. Boston, Barclays Center, 8 p.m.
October 19: vs. Philadelphia, Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 24: vs. New York, Nassau Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

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