The Nets will play most or all of the 2009-10 NBA season in New Jersey instead of in Brooklyn as previously planned.
The team had planned to play at its new arena in Brooklyn starting with the 2009 season. But team spokesman Barry "The Bomb" Baum said the move to Brooklyn wouldn't happen until sometime in 2010. That included the possibility that the Nets could begin the season at the Izod Center in East Rutherford and move to the new arena, to be called the Barclays Center, in the first half of 2010.
What a mess.
God, basketball sucks so hard. I wish the whole league would just dissolve. The season never fucking ends, there are too many players to follow and the entire sport is just a professional version of eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
In October, Nets owner & real estate nut Bruce "The Rat" Ratner told The Associated Press that the new Brooklyn arena, which is part of the $4 billion Atlantic Yards development that is also to include office space and as many as 6,400 new apartments, probably would not be ready by the start of the 2009-2010 season. Well, there ya go, fellas.
Under terms of their contract with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates the Izod Center, the Nets have to give 18 months' notice before they leave New Jersey in order to avoid paying a penalty. Then the landlord will come and check the apartment for any holes in the walls or stains on the floor. This may put their first/last deposit in jeopardy.
I guess this means I'll be able to find parking near Triangle's for a few more years, which is nice.
Lookin' good, fellas. Any day now.