You guys won't have to wait too long to see Vince Carter back in the Meadowlands.
The Nets' home opener on Oct. 30 is against Carter and the Magic. It will probably be the Nets' best opening night crowd in years.
We had a feeling the Nets were opening against Carter because of something he said last week when he held his camp here. He was talking about how he plans to continue to support and encourage some of his younger former teammates.
"Regardless of if I'm here or not, I consider them friends, very good friends of mine and I like to see my friends do well," Carter said. "So I plan on still calling them and checking on them and picking at them - except the first game."
Thanks for the heads up, Vince.
Looking over the schedule here are some things that jump out: the Nets play 24 games that start at 7 p.m. or earlier. That's great for the writers, not that you care, but we like earlier games.
Some of us have been pushing the Nets to start their home games at 7 p.m. and their answer has been it's too early for fans to get there. You could start the games at 8:30, the fans are not coming. That's been proven. Now they're making all Friday home games 8 p.m. starts - another Net mistake.
Anyway, it's a tough schedule because of the team the Nets have.
They might win their opener in Minnesota - MIGHT - but after that they host Orlando, are at Washington and Charlotte, host Denver, at Philly, host Boston and Philly, and then play at Orlando and Miami. You're looking at 3-7 at best.
Looking ahead, Jason Kidd returns on Dec. 2. Hopefully it won't snow this year and more people will come and show their appreciation for him. Richard Jefferson comes back with his new team, San Antonio, on March 29.
The Nets have their annual Thanksgiving Week trip at Denver, Portland, Sacramento and the Lakers. (1-3 at best).
Kobe and the champs come in on Dec. 19. LeBron, Shaq and the Cavs are here twice - Jan. 2 and March 3. The latter should start a decent few days at the Meadowlands box office. Carter and the Magic return for the second and final trip on March 5.
The Nets will be home for the winter holidays as they have a seven-game homestand started with the Lakers' lone trip and ending with Milwaukee on Jan. 5. In between, they play the Wolves, Rockets, Thunder, Knicks and Cavs.
Overall, the Nets have 21 sets of back-to-backs their longest road trip of the season is five games, but the first is in New York before they go to Memphis, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Houston in March.
Not surprisingly, they're not on national TV at all.
Check out the whole schedule here.....Any predictions on their record: