Another schedule leak is in. The New York Knicks will host their home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 26.
The two are set to face each other just two or three times this season. Philadelphia swept the season series last season.
The 76ers finished 43-30 and lost in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Knicks finished 21-45 and didn’t even make it into the bubble.
The 76ers saw a lot of change in the offseason. They fired head coach Brett Brown and replaced him with former Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Philadelphia also hired former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be the next President of Basketball Operations.
In player change, the 76ers sent Al Horford and his albatross contract along with two draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for shooting guard/small forward Danny Green. Horford didn’t live up to his monster contract in 2019. The 76ers also traded shooting guard Josh Richardson to the Dallas Mavericks for Seth Curry. In free agency, the team signed former Laker Dwight Howard to a one-year contract.
The Knicks went through some changes as well. The team didn’t retain interim head coach Mike Miller. New York hired former Bulls and Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau. The team also underwent some staff changes, hiring Mike Woodson and Kenny Payne as assistants. The Knicks took the conservative route in free agency, signing vets to small deals like last season. Although they didn’t catch any big fish, New York signed better shooters in the likes of Austin Rivers and Alec Burks. I’m sure this will be a fun team to watch.
The 76ers might come out victorious, but I’m sure Tom Thibodeau will have the Knicks competing until the last second.