Knicks vs. Nets: Hurricane Sandy Reportedly Will Postpone Season Opener

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2012

Oct 8, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Aerial view of the Barclays Center. The venue is the home arena for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

As the East Coast begins to assess the damage done by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, the NBA has reached a decision and will reportedly postpone the season-opening contest between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.


UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:15 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports the date that the Nets-Knicks game has been rescheduled for:

NBA announces that Knicks-Nets game has been rescheduled for Mon., Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at Barclays Center; televised by TNT

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) November 1, 2012

The unfortunate circumstances of Hurricane Sandy have devastated parts of the East Coast. But it appears the game originally scheduled for the season opener will be able to take place before the end of the month.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recommended the highly anticipated season opener get postponed because of the continued recovery efforts from the storm, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Bloomberg: "The botton line is, there just isn't a lot of mass transit and the police have other things to do."

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 31, 2012

Bloomberg did state the team's game on Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors is scheduled to go on as planned.

Bloomberg says Nets will play Saturday night vs. Toronto.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 31, 2012

While it would have been nice for the Nets and Knicks rivalry to take center stage in the first game at the Barclays Center, it just wasn't possible given what has occurred in NYC this week. Fans will have to wait a few extra days for the opener.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2:33 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

It's official: The Nets and the Knicks aren't going to play on Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

The New York Times' Howard Beck tweeted the bad news on Wednesday afternoon:


Billy King confirms game canceled.

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) October 31, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 31 at 2:17 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Discussions are under way to postpone Thursday night's season opener between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center according to CBS Sports NBA insider Ken Berger via Twitter:

No word of a final decision yet, but source says discussions under way to postpone Knicks-Nets opener in Brooklyn after all. Stay tuned.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 31, 2012

New York Times' Richard Sandomir confirmed the postponement via Twitter:

Appears to be true: Knicks-Nets game will be cancelled. Mayor Bloomberg about to announce it.

— Richard Sandomir (@RichSandomir) October 31, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Thursday night's Knicks-Nets game has been postponed because of complications caused by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the region on Monday and Tuesday. 

The news comes courtesy of NBA TV basketball analyst Greg Anthony via Twitter:

The @nyknicks and @brooklynnets game has been postponed!!! Sorry to hear but totally understand

— Greg Anthony (@GregAnthony50) October 31, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 9:05 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Hurricane Sandy has wreaked massive havoc, but it is not going to delay the start of the Knicks and Nets contest this Thursday. 

Tim Frank, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball communications, passed along the update. 

Knicks-Nets game will be played as scheduled this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center

— Tim Frank (@tfrank14) October 31, 2012

I am sure this will be welcomed news to an area that could use a little sports distraction. 

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According to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger, the game between the Knicks and Nets could be postponed:

The Knicks' and Nets' scheduled opener Thursday at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn could be postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

The report also talks about the damage suffered to the transit system in the New York area as a result of the storm:

All 10 subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn were flooded during the storm, as the saltwater surge inundated signals, switches and third rails and covered tracks with sludge, she said.

Of course, this is just one of many games that could be affected as a result of this storm. According to NBA spokesman Tim Frank, the league is "still assessing the situation" right now:

For the many asking:Tonight's NBA games will be played. We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week.

— Tim Frank (@tfrank14) October 30, 2012

Sports is hardly the first thing on anyone's mind right now, but it is still a situation that the NBA has to monitor. Decisions will have to be made quickly, as the league's season starts on Tuesday with three games that, as Frank said, are still set to go on. 

There are nine games scheduled on Wednesday, with only one taking place in an East Coast city that was hit by the storm, the Denver Nuggets vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Knicks and Nets game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. We will keep you updated on the status of the game as information becomes available.