Hurricane Sandy puts Knicks vs. Nets season opener under cancellation doubts
The Brooklyn Nets’ newly opened $1 million Barclays Center is set to host the Nets and the New York Knicks’ first game of the regular season on Thursday but due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy the NBA might be forced to indefinitely shutdown all games in the area.
Both teams, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were forced to put off early scheduled Tuesday’s practices. However, New York Knicks moved their practice to late Tuesday afternoon.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said “We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week."
Hurricane Sandy took out New York's subway system the most favored means of transportation connecting Williamsburg Bridges, Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, Queensboro, Manhattan and Brooklyn itself.
With pictures surfacing across the various social networking medium’s showing at least one stop at the New York City subways completely flooded, with water rising above the platform, it is still unclear how long it may take to reinstall the transportation system.
“The MTA cannot assess damage until Tuesday,” was stated in the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Twitter Feed. “It is way too early for a subway reopening timetable."
MTA’s Joe Lhota tweeted on Tuesday regarding the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, “This is the worst damage we have ever seen to the MTA system."
It’s hard to see how fans from around the region will get to the game without the New York City’s subway system. After all the New York Nets boast that the Barclays Center is connected by 11 subway lines, which makes the city’s subway system is the most recommended mode of transportation to arrive at the venue.
However, Tim Frank announced that “"Tonight's games will be played,” despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
All of the three games slated for NBA’s official opening night of the season on Tuesday are being held in cities untouched by Hurricane Sandy such as Miami, Los Angeles and Cleveland.
There are nine games planned for Wednesday, with only one game occurring in an East Coast city affected by the Hurricane Sandy, which could jeopardize the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets game. Power supply was cut-off to half of Philadelphia in the advent of Hurricane Sandy.
And then comes Thursday’s big game in question between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. The New York Knicks are also slated to host the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Meanwhile the Brooklyn Nets are slated for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Raptors followed by a game with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.