The league made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. There were reports Tuesday that the game at the new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn might still be played, but that is no longer the case.
“Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm.”
If you are from somewhere other than the East Coast and don’t have a feel for the impact of this storm, take a look at Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire’s car, which now almost qualifies as a boat.
Although one of the ideal elements of the Barclays Center is that it was built on top of a huge subway station where a half-dozen trains and the Long Island Railroad make stops, However, New York’s mass transit system has dozens of stations flooded and is shut down until at least Sunday.
No makeup date has been announced. Both teams and the NBA are hopeful that their second games will be played. The Knicks are scheduled to host Miami on Friday and the Nets are scheduled to host Toronto on Saturday.
The NBA has said Friday’s Heat-Knicks game is still on. Nets CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement that for Saturday’s game, the Nets “will have a transportation plan in place, including additional bus options.”
As of Wednesday, nearly 750,000 New York area residents were still without power.