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October 10, 2011

Putting the Nyet in the New Jersey Nets! Deron Williams . . . Turkey?

Noticing New York

Michael D.D. White relates a National Public Radio story about the NBA's labor strife, which featured a description of erstwhile Nets' star Deron Williams's not-so-happy debut for a Turkish squad, and concludes thusly:

I guess I can feel for some poor lonely bloke getting “booed mercilessly” when he is away on foreign soil. Nevertheless, I am not a fan of professional sports in general* and am myself booing mercilessly the construction for the Nets of the Ratner/Prokhorov (“Barclays”) arena, all the wretched connivances behind it and all the public detriment it will bring. If an NBA player’s strike lasts long enough or can otherwise effect a toppling of Messrs. Ratner and Prokhorov’s publicly financed arena bonds I'll be thrilled. When it comes to booing or cheering locales, brownstone Brooklyn is where I don't want to see the Nets' players deployed.

(* See: Friday, September 24, 2010, Sports Culture Capper: Yankees, Professional Sports and Criminals Wearing Yankee Hats.)

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Posted by eric at October 10, 2011 10:22 PM