A few weeks ago, as if driving home the point, Brett Yormark, the Nets’ chief executive officer, made a request to N.B.A. Commissioner David Stern for Brooklyn’s first home game in a major professional league since the Dodgers left in 1957: Give us the Knicks.
The N.B.A. granted Brooklyn’s wish. In the shiny new Barclays Center — with images of Williams’s face to invite fans — the Nets will host the Knicks on national television Nov. 1.
“We encourage the league to give us the most dramatic game possible and I think the league agreed,” Yormark said as the N.B.A. released its schedule for the 2012-13 season Thursday night. “I don’t think there is any game bigger than Nets-Knicks on opening night in Brooklyn. I’m looking forward to it. People are going to be talking about this game until it happens.”
The Knicks’ home opener will be Nov. 2 against the Miami Heat, the N.B.A.’s defending champions. The Nets will play the Heat for the first time Nov. 7 on the road.
Both the Knicks and the Nets will play on Christmas. The Nets will host the Boston Celtics. The Knicks, who usually play in Madison Square Garden on Christmas, will play the Los Angeles Lakers on the road.
The country will get to see more of the Knicks than the Nets this season. The Knicks will play on national television (ABC, ESPN or TNT) 25 times. The Nets have 12 games on national TV.
Yormark said the Nets had sold more than 10,000 season tickets for next season.
“We are now part of the conversation, and I can’t say we were in New Jersey,” Yormark said. “This has been an incredible move.”
After the league announced the schedule, the Nets alerted fans to go their Web site to hear the team’s first broadcast call in Brooklyn from Marv Albert, the Knicks’ play-by-play announcer for more than three decades. Albert will be TNT’s play-by-play announcer in the Nets’ home opener.
“They’ll be talking about this night for years to come as one of the biggest events in New York sports’ illustrious history,” Albert said. “Brooklyn is back in the big leagues.”