"We've always spent what we had to spend, and we'll do that again," [principal owner Bruce] Ratner said. "From our point of view, we've always done what's necessary and will continue to do that. And we'll always need to have a competitive team -- as competitive as possible -- and money's never stood in the way of what we're willing to get."
Straining credibility, Ratner added that he's not entirely opposed to being a tax-paying team -- essentially, inflating the payroll to more than $71.1 million -- "if something came along."
Imagine how some other coverage of Atlantic Yards might have gone.
Both were "straining credibility." Similarly, much that Nets CEO Brett Yormark says about the project strains credibility.
Stern's "ringing endorsement"
NoLandGrab points to an appearance by NBA Commissioner David Stern's on "Francesa on the [W]FAN" yesterday, and inevitably, host Mike Francesa asked about the Nets' move to Brooklyn.
Francesa: So you still think they're going to Brooklyn, eventually?
Stern: They think they're going to Brooklyn, so I think they're going to Brooklyn.
It sounded like he was careful not to strain credibility.