The NBA has announced that the planned season opening game between the New York Knicks and Brookly Nets has been rescheduled for Monday, November 26th at the Barclays Center. The game will be televised on TNT. It was originally scheduled to take place tonight but the league was forced to postpone the game following the devastation left behind from Superstorm Sandy on the East coast.
“It’s a great stadium, it would have been a great game but the bottom line is there is not a lot of mass transit. Our police have plenty of other things to do,” New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference.
The Nets organization knew that it could be insensitive to the fan base to play the game with knowledge that fans from the area may not to attend the game.
“Some of you still don’t have power, but there are people that have lost lives, lost loved ones, lost their belongings. So I think as an organization, as players, we’ve got to be sensitive and understand that it’s bigger than the game of basketball,” Nets general manager Billy King told reporters before Bloomberg’s announcement. “What this storm has done to this region, as Gov. Christie said, it’s something that no one has really seen in their lifetime.”
It was the right move for the league to postpone the game and all sides involved are handling the situation with the utmost class.