Knicks vs Nets Opener at Barclays Centre Postponed November 01, 2012 10:23
The highly anticipated NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets has been suspended. Hurricane Sandy has caused devastation across the East coast of the US and New York has been hit badly, with the subway system knocked out.
The game was to be held at the brand new Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, which is situated above a huge mass-transit hub, which would have been ideal for fans getting to the game.
Michael Bloomberg has asked the NBA to postpone the game, and the league has agreed, on the basis that there won't be enough available transport, and that New York has enough to deal with following the storm and need some time to get back on their feet.
While fans will be disappointed, the Nets have agreed with the decision: "We're disappointed that we can't play, but there's a lot more important things going on right now, a lot of people displaced from their homes, a lot of people lost loved ones. So in the grand scheme of things, a basketball game really doesn't mean much right now,"
Nets point guard Deron Williams told reporters after practice. "I think it'd be hard for a lot of people to even get to the game in the first place, with public transportation being shut down. I guess it makes sense to not have the game."
The New York Knicks will now have their season opener at home against the Miami Heat on Friday, and the Brooklyn Nets are going to host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Extra transport will be in place on Saturday in case the subway is still not up and running.
A new date for the Knicks vs Nets showdown has not yet been decided, but it has been confirmed that the tickets for tonights game will be honoured when the game is rescheduled.