The game originally scheduled for Thursday night at the Barclays center between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks has been rescheduled for Nov. 26 at the same venue, the NBA announced Thursday. The New York area is still battling the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, and the current conditions would have made it tough for the city's two teams and their fans to participate in what was supposed to be the season opener for both squads
The rescheduled game will still be televised on TNT. Some of the excitement around the contest will now dissipate, as it is no longer the Nets' debut in Brooklyn. The next scheduled home game for the Nets comes on Saturday against the Toronto Raptors.
The Knicks are still expected to play the Miami Heat on Friday night for their home opener. That game is set to take place at 8 p.m. ET and will be shown on ESPN.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg called the NBA league offices and asked them to postpone the game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at the newly constructed Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"I'm sorry about the game," said Bloomberg in his address to the city on Wednesday. "I was personally going to take my daughters. It's a great stadium and it was going to be a great game."
Brooklyn's home opener is now scheduled for Nov. 3 when the Nets will play the Toronto Raptors. Bloomberg said the NBA will be working with the city to provide extra bus service for Saturday's game in case fans have trouble getting to the Barclays Center due to the potential damage to the train system.
Bloomberg cited the challenges of mass transit the lack of available police offers as the main reasons for asking the league to postpone the game.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will play on Thursday as originally planned, the NBA announced on Tuesday (via Devin Kharpertian). The starting time and date for the Nets' first game since moving into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn were previously in jeopardy due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Knicks were forced to cancel their practice on Monday as the storm approached, and although their season opener now appears safe, the status of the team's home opener against the Miami Heat is still being assessed by the league, per CBS Sports' Ken Berger. As of right now, the Heat don't have a way to make the trip to the Big Apple, as airlines have canceled more than 12,000 flights and New York City's three major airports remain closed.
Residents and businesses across New York City began undertaking massive cleanup efforts a day after the storm ravaged through the city, shutting down Wall Street and severely damaging the subway system in the process.
The NBA is looking into whether games will be able to be played this week after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were expected to open the season Thursday night in a highly-anticipated game, but the hurricane has caused major infrastructural damage to the New York area. Subways are flooded and are probably not going to be able to reopen before Thursday night's game, making accessing the brand new Barclays Center difficult for many potential spectators. There are obviously bigger issues than basketball to deal with, but as Howard Beck of the New York Times reports, the league is deciding whether games are feasible:
From NBA's Tim Frank: "Tonight's games will be played. We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week."
Other games that could be affected by Sandy include Wednesday night's meeting between Detroit and the Philadelphia 76ers, and New York's home game against the Miami Heat Friday night. As reports of the damage come in, it seems increasingly unlikely that Thursday night's game in Brooklyn will be able to go off without a hitch.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will likely have to tweak their schedules to cope with the widespread damage of Hurricane Sandy, probably interfering with the Thursday night season opener between the two squads.
New York had a lot of buzz surrounding the beginning of the new rivalry between the longtime hometown team the Knicks and the newly relocated Nets in Brooklyn. However, New York has bigger issues to worry about: millions are without power, and water has flooded many streets. It seems unlikely the highly anticipated game will be able to go off without a hitch as the city focuses on getting back on its feet. The Nets have boasted about the easy accessibility of their new stadium, the Barclays Center, via subway, but it's unclear how soon the subway system will be reopened with many tunnels flooded.
There has been no official word regarding either the Thursday night matchup between the squads or Friday night's home opener for the Knicks against Miami, but Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today writes that there is a "distinct possibility" that the storm will cause some sort of problem with the plan to start the season Thursday.
With the New York Knicks opening night scheduled for Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, the team would like to practice as much as possible.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, Hurricane Sandy is getting in the way, according to the New York Post. New York had to cancel its scheduled Monday practice due to the impending storm that threatens the safety of anyone on the East Coast.
The practice was scheduled for 11 a.m. in Tarrytown, N.Y., but it would have been a dangerous commute for many of the players who don't live in the immediate area.
"I don’t take nothing for granted,’’ Carmelo Anthony said. "I’m scared of Sandy. Just hearing of New York having a hurricane, it doesn’t sound right. I’m not one to play with Mother Nature. I’m staying in. I’m not coming out.’’
Currently, Tuesday's practice is still on to be commissioned as scheduled.
The Washington Wizards will open their regular season as scheduled Tuesday night after making plans to leave Washington, D.C., ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
The storm is expected to bring heavy wind and rains to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions Monday and Tuesday, which would have made the team's typical day-before travel routine impossible. Instead of practicing in Washington Monday morning and traveling to Cleveland later Monday afternoon as the team had planned to do, the Wizards made an early getaway, leaving D.C. for Cleveland at 8 a.m. Monday. From the Washington Post:
"It's not ideal but, you know what, safety first No. 1," Coach Randy Wittman said. "Listening to people talk, they're talking about the storm of the last 20 to 30 years that's come across here. Obviously the league also has input on that, making us get out early to secure that we get [to Cleveland]."
The game between Washington and Cleveland is the first of the NBA season, although it takes a backseat to some of Tuesday night's more marquee matchups that will be nationally televised. Sandy likely won't cause any cancellations in the NBA, as the only game in the region Tuesday or Wednesday -- Detroit vs. Philadelphia on Wednesday night -- should be able to go off without a hitch.