Nets’ opener threatened by Hurricane
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Tuesday’s NBA games in Miami, Los Angeles and Cleveland will be played, but the league is “assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
There is a distinct possibility the damage from Hurricane Sandy impacts the New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets game at the new $1 billion Barclays Center Thursday and the Knicks-Miami Heat game Friday at Madison Square Garden. To what degree is unknown.
The Nets canceled practice Tuesday. The Knicks were scheduled to practice late Tuesday afternoon.
New York’s subway system is a major artery to both venues and the recommended mode of transportation for fans attending a game at the new arena in Brooklyn. The Nets boast that 11 subway lines run directly to Barclays Center, but the subway network has been suspended.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority said on its web site, “The duration of the service suspension is still unknown, and there is no timetable for restoration. Service will be restored only when it is safe to do so, and after careful inspections of all equipment, tracks and other sub-systems and bus routes. Even with minimal damage this is expected to be a lengthy process.”
Pictures posted on Twitter and other sites Monday and Tuesday showed flooding in subways, including water above the platform at least one stop.
NBA Commissioner David Stern left the New York area for Miami on Sunday and is expected to attend tonight’s Boston Celtics-Miami Heat season opener (8 p.m. ET, TNT). The Heat will receive their 2011-12 NBA championship rings in a pregame ceremony.