January 4, 2008
Nets push back move to Brooklyn until 2010
The Newark Star-Ledger
By Dave D'Alessandro and Maura McDermott
After the Bergen Record story ran yesterday, The Star-Ledger called up a seemingly exasperated Ratner spokesperson, who explained that they already explained this delay away:
"We said three weeks ago we plan to be playing in the Barclays Center during the 2010 calendar year," Baum said, alluding to a New York Times story from Dec. 12. "That could mean the latter part of 2009-10, or the start of 2010-11."
It is not unprecedented for teams to move their operations in the middle of a season. The Miami Heat moved from a very short distance from Miami Arena to American Airlines Arena in the middle of the 2001-02 season. Though when asked whether this is desirable for the Nets to follow suit, Baum merely replied, "It's a possibility."
NoLandGrab: Ratner's PR team had totally failed to manage expectations earlier in 2007 even though Atlantic Yards watchdog Norman Oder had already recognized the signs of a delay in the arena opening and they're doing it again.
Spokesperson Barry Baum's attempt to spin the story is already leaning toward fiction Norman Oder has already noted the signs that indicate that the arena opening would likely be delayed until at least January, 2011.
Posted by lumi at January 4, 2008 6:23 AM