Charlotte Hornets

Knicks, Bulls in Charlotte for NBA exhibitions

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls center/forward Joakim Noah (13) defends during a March 13 game at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The Bulls visit Charlotte for a preseason game on Oct. 19.
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls center/forward Joakim Noah (13) defends during a March 13 game at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The Bulls visit Charlotte for a preseason game on Oct. 19. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte Hornets will play exhibitions against the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls at Time Warner Cable Arena as part of an eight-game preseason schedule.

The Knicks come to Charlotte on Oct. 17 and the Bulls on Oct. 19. Prior to that the Hornets will go to China for two previously-announced exhibitions against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Hornets will also play road exhibitions against the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The Hornets open training camp at the arena Sept. 26.

Unlike previous preseasons, the Hornets will not play an exhibition elsewhere in the Carolinas.

The preseason schedule:

Oct. 3: at Orlando, 7 p.m. at Amway Center

Oct. 4: at Miami, 6 p.m. at American Airlines Arena

Oct. 11: vs. Clippers, 1:30 a.m. at Shenzhen Universiade Center

Oct. 14: vs. Clippers, 8 a.m. at Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai)

Oct. 17: vs. New York Knicks, 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena

Oct. 19: vs. Chicago Bulls, 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena

Oct. 21: at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills

Oct. 22: vs Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

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