The 2019-2020 NBA regular season is set to start on December 22nd. It’s unknown who the Celtics will start the season against, but they’re teed up for a primetime Christmas Day matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
There may not be another juicier head-to-head that has less to do with actual basketball and more to do with the teams’ front offices and player history than Boston vs. Brooklyn. Dating back to 2007, Danny Ainge’s pursuit of Kevin Durant infamously resulted in a fine when the Celtics President of Basketball Operations sat with KD’s mother during the Big 12 Tournament when Durant was at the University of Texas. There’s the 2013 trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn for a slew of draft picks that turned into Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. In 2016, the Celtics nearly courted Durant in free agency before he left Oklahoma City for Golden State. One of those first round Nets pick also helped net Kyrie Irving in 2017. Two years later, after promising to re-sign in Boston, Irving bounced to Brooklyn as a free agent and missed both Celtics-Nets meetings in Boston last season.
So yeah, there’s history. Here’s the rest of the holiday schedule:
ESPN Sources: Tentative Christmas Day Schedule pic.twitter.com/MId025HKvB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2020
A week prior, the Nets will also be in Boston for the Celtics’ second pre-season game on December 18th at 7:30 pm.