Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nets executive says Brooklyn arrival could be 2010

New Jersey Nets President Rod Thorn apparently didn't get the memo instructing everyone in the Forest City Enterprises orbit to maintain that the Nets would move to Brooklyn for the 2009 season, since he told the New York Times it could be 2010.

The quote, from Harvey Araton's column today (TimesSelect) about whether to keep or trade Jason Kidd: "But as far as saying that we've got to be good in 2009 or 2010, whenever we do go to Brooklyn, I try to look at it as if we're going to be in the same place."

Again, the back story

Remember, speaking in March investment analysts, Forest City executive VP Bob O'Brien said that "hopefully" the "ball team" would open in 2010, and Forest City CEO Chuck Ratner seconded that.

Ratner later tried to recover, stating, "We remain committed to our goal of opening the arena in time for the 2009-2010 NBA basketball season.”

But in other statements, the developer has told investors that it can't be sure of the timing for such a complicated project; indeed, Atlantic Yards is already well behind its stated construction schedule.

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