December 12, 2008
Nets not getting much love at home
NY Daily News
By Julian Garcia
Bruce Ratner's NJ Nets are getting as much attention for poor attendance as poor play:
The Nets won't be in Brooklyn for a while, if ever. But there was plenty of Brooklyn in New Jersey on Wednesday night. At certain points, it seemed as if the rest of New York City was there, too.
In fact, the Nets' game against the Knicks at the Meadowlands sounded like a home game for the visiting team. The loudest cheers of the night came after Knicks' buckets, and after the Knicks finished a 121-109 win, it seemed as if the whole place was going home happy.
Though the Nets - who host the Raptors Friday night - have gotten used to receiving little or no support in their home arena, which they moved into in 1981, they seem to be especially affected by it this season. In 10 games at the Meadowlands, they've gone 4-6 and are worse off statistically in virtually every category than they are on the road, where they've gone 7-3. At home, they've averaged just over 99 points a game, on the road, slightly more than 104 points.
Atlantic Yards Report, Daily News: Nets' official attendance "seems suspiciously high"
Norman Oder adds:
I've made that point about inflated attendance figures several times.
The Star-Ledger also noticed that the arena on Wednesday night seemed to have as many fans of the Knicks as of the Nets:
After losing to the Knicks on Wednesday, they face the struggling Raptors Friday at Izod Center, where sparse crowds have been the backdrop for a disappointing home record.
Despite Nets' CEO Brett Yormark's denials, the Prudential Center in Newark has to be on the team's radar screen as at least an interim location.
Posted by lumi at December 12, 2008 4:47 AM