Talk about a tough first matchup for rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina and whoever is playing power forward for the Knicks.
With or without Carmelo Anthony, New York will open their season on Oct. 19 at Oklahoma City – just in time for Paul George’s expected debut with the Thunder and Russell Westbrook’s first game as an MVP.
The contest will be televised on TNT with an 8 p.m. tipoff, the NBA announced Thursday along with the rest of its openers on national TV and its full Christmas schedule.
As previously reported, the Knicks will also host a Christmas game against the Sixers with a noon tipoff. The league’s Christmas slate is highlighted by the Cavs-Warriors showdown at 3 p.m.
The Knicks, meanwhile, are still trying to find a resolution for their Carmelo problem before training camp convenes in September. As the Daily News reported, Anthony is committed to landing with the Houston Rockets and holds sway over his future because of the no-trade clause. The power forward has shut down the Knicks attempts to get him to accept a deal elsewhere.
If Anthony can get to his preferred destination before opening night, he’ll start his Rockets career against the Warriors on Oct. 17. The Rockets then play at the Thunder on Christmas.