Tuesday, December 02, 2008

NYTimes columnist questions Brooklyn move, suggests Newark option

New York Times columnist Harvey Araton, in a column today headlined
Nets’ Harris Leads Nucleus of Young Talent
, takes approving note of the New Jersey Nets' progress this season, citing point guard Devin Harris, and praises General Manager Rod Thorn.

He closes with some skepticism about Brooklyn and a nod to Newark:
The Nets were supposed to become more competitive in the battle for hearts and minds – and in the potential free agent pursuit of LeBron James – with a move to downtown Brooklyn that doesn’t appear to happening anytime soon, if ever. So Thorn will continue to operate on the perimeter of the market, or eventually in Newark, with obvious handicaps. Don’t bet against him still outdoing Team Dolan across the river. If Bruce Ratner had put Thorn in charge of building in Brooklyn, the Nets would already be there.

That's a nice flourish for a columnist, but the roadblocks regarding the project couldn't have been dislodged by the executive in charge. Thorn may have convinced Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that Harris was worth way less than fellow PG Jason Kidd (thus gaining two draft picks in last year's trade, as well), but even he couldn't quiet Brooklynites' skepticism about claims of blight in the Atlantic Yards footprint.

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