USA Today – Thursday night’s NBA opener at the new $1 billion Barclays Center in Brooklyn between the Nets and New York Knicks will be postponed after all. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that dealt with a variety of issues tied to storm damage from Hurricane Sandy. Bloomberg said he made the recommendation to the NBA to hold off on the game. ”I’m sorry about the game,” he said. “I was looking forward to it. I was going to take my daughter to it.” He added that he knows the fans are disappointed as are the players. ”I know lots of people will be disappointed. .. The players will be disappointed,” Bloomberg said. Nets point guard Deron Williams told ESPN, “Definitely disappointed we won’t get to play the home opener against the Knicks.” The Nets’ home opener now figures to be Saturday against the Toronto Raptors, a far less glamorous matchup and right now without the national TNT TV audience — not exactly how the Nets and the NBA intended to showcase the league’s newest arena.
First of all, I can’t even believe the NBA is already here. Last night watching Pres and Celtics fans tweet while they got their asses kicked by Miami was enough to make me puke. Acting like it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals while that phony Kevin Garnett threw his Mean Girls hissy fit about how much he doesn’t like Ray Allen during game 1 of the season. Puke city. But I guess it is that time of year again. Time to gear up for another NBA season. This should be particularly easy for me. I’ll just think back to the last time I was rooting for Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas in a Knicks uniform. Remember back 10 years, 15 years ago and just do that all over again. Best over 40 mens team in the NBA.
The Knicks/Nets opener would have actually been enough to get me juiced up though. The scene at the Barclays center would have been straight out of Hollywood and I think both teams would have amped up to lay claim on the city. But bottom line is this city is a fucking nightmare right now. Getting to the Barclays Center without subways would have been a disaster. Place would have been half full, maybe. All I know is that if I paid fucking a thousand bucks for a ticket for the big NYC NBA opener I’d be pissed. Have fun getting a rain check to some mid season matchup as they battle for like the 6th seed in the east.