Those in anticipation of the long-awaited debut of the Brooklyn Nets will have to hold out for at least a few more days.
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:08 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
Postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the highly-anticipated first matchup between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
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
For New Yorkers who were looking forward to the tipoff of a bitter rivalry, circle your calendars and set your schedules accordingly.
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According to the New York Times' Howard Beck, Thursday's season opener between the Nets and the New York Knicks has officially been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy:
Billy King confirms game canceled.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) October 31, 2012
CBS' Ken Berger gives us a good reason for the decision:
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
It's unclear when or how this game will be made up, but it sounds as though both teams will continue their schedule as planned.
First, the Nets (via CBS' Ken Berger):
Bloomberg says Nets will play Saturday night vs. Toronto.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 31, 2012
As well as the Knicks (via northjersey.com's Steve Popper):
Glen Grunwald said game is on for Friday vs Heat #Knicks— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) October 31, 2012
The inaugural game for the Nets in Brooklyn against the Knicks was easily one of the most talked about events this summer, and as Sandy worked her way onto the East Coast, there was talk about whether or not the game would be played as scheduled.
Slight optimism surfaced yesterday when it was revealed that the game would take place on Thursday night, so this cancellation certainly comes as a disappointment.
Still though, there are without a doubt more important things at hand here than the delay of NBA history. Nets point guard Deron Williams sums it up perfectly (via Newsday's Rod Boone):
Deron: "We are disappointed that we can’t play, but there are a lot more important things going on right now." #Nets— Rod Boone (@rodboone) October 31, 2012
While many will certainly be frustrated by this news, it's safe to assume that we can all agree on one thing: Waiting a few more days is worth it if it means everyone in New York and the surrounding areas will get their life back on track after this unwanted tragedy.