Brooklyn Nets season opener vs. New York Knicks postponed
"It's a great stadium, it would have been a great game, but the bottom line is: There is not a lot of mass transit,” stated New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Our police have plenty of other things to do.”
The decision to postpone the game came directly from a request by the mayor himself, who suggested moving the game ahead due to public transportation facilities being on a shutdown in light of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
“Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver announced Wednesday, “he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night.”
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm.”
After witnessing years of low attendance at New Jersey, the Brooklyn Nets put eight years of hard work into effect this season by relocating to Brooklyn. The team hoped it could attract a stronger fan base in a larger market. Moreover, the Brooklyn Nets gained even more publicity by sparking a rivalry for the big apple with the New York Knicks.
For the past 18 hours, the status of Thursday’s season opener remained unconfirmed. However, after a serious of on-again off-again status announcements of the Brooklyn Nets’ historic regular season debut, the team decided to weigh-in the mayor’s statement.
The Barclays Center sits atop 11 subway lines linking the Brooklyn arena and is connected to the Long Island Rail Road. But due to massive flooding of the subway stop lines and power blackouts in some regions, attendance was expected to be at a low at the Brooklyn Nets preseason opener against New York Knicks. With the event being telecasted in front of national TV audience, that’s not the first impression the executives want to send-off regarding the fresh faced Brooklyn Nets.
“It’s better to open the game with a good buzz and a good atmosphere,” stated Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams. “That would be hard to do if people couldn’t get to the games… with public transportation being shut down. I guess it makes sense to not have the game."
Meanwhile the league and Brooklyn Nets are trying to reschedule the game to a later date. Brooklyn Nets Chief Executive Officer Brett Yormark announced Wednesday that Thursday’s tickets will be honored for the rescheduled game with New York Knicks.
This means that the Barclays Center will open to its first regular season game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
“The first one, when we do play, it will be special,” declared Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King. “It may not be the Knicks, but it’s still going to be special.”
The New York Knicks too have a next game lined up against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
However, the Brooklyn Nets continued practice on Wednesday, in the absence of rookie backup guard Tyshawn Taylor, who was stranded at his Hoboken due to Hurricane Sandy. The Brooklyn Nets were also forced to relocate from their New Jersey facility to Barclays Center which was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.