Chaos-filled Nets downgraded from NBA schedule headliners

The NBA released its 2022-23 schedule — and revealed it has relegated the Nets.

Coming off a disappointing season and disrupted by Kevin Durant’s trade demand, the Nets are conspicuously absent from the marquee Christmas Day slate for the first time since 2020, and their nationally televised appearances have been cut in half.

No longer a headliner

The Nets were featured 26 times last season on ABC, ESPN and TNT, but this season, that number has been slashed to just 13. And because decision-makers clearly are not convinced that Durant will be leading a star-studded roster or that the Nets will be legitimate championship contenders, they’ll go from five ABC games to one.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
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By comparison to the Nets’ 13 national TV appearances, Stephen Curry and the defending champion Warriors will have 18. The NBA finalist Celtics — who swept the Nets in the first round — are tied with LeBron James and the Lakers with 16 national TV games.

It’s the latest proof — as if anybody needed more — that the Nets are no longer a guaranteed national draw, until further notice. They have just the lone ABC appearance, with seven games on ESPN, five more on TNT and 10 on NBA TV. Their single ABC appearance will be Saturday Jan. 28 versus the Knicks during the NBA’s new Rivalry Week.

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