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That means not every NBA star will come the Big Apple.
Here are some highlights for the Knicks:
**Open their 66-game schedule at home against the Celtics on Christmas Day. Boston swept New York out of the playoffs in April.
**Instead of the playing the Nets the customary four times, they will only meet on three occasions, twice at MSG (Feb. 4 & 20) and once at The Rock (April 18).
**Play one stretch of three games in three nights Feb. 2-4 with home tilts against Chicago and the Nets sandwiched around a trip to Boston.
**Play four games in five nights four times. Between Jan. 24-28, Knicks visit Charlotte, Cleveland, Miami and Houston.
**Carmelo Anthony doesn’t return to Denver, but the Nuggets come to MSG Jan. 21.
**LeBron James & Dwyane Wade visit MSG only once, April 15. The Knicks play in Miami Jan. 27 and Feb. 23.
**Kobe Bryant and the Lakers visit Feb. 10.
**Dirk Nowitzki and the defending NBA champion Mavs visit Feb. 19. The Knicks trip to Dallas March 6.
**Dwight Howard and the Magic visit MSG Jan. 16 and March 28.
**Knicks target Chris Paul and the Hornets visit Feb. 17.
**High-flying dunk-master Blake Griffin and the Clippers visit April 25.
**Two-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant won’t appear this year at MSG.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.