Except, as NLG's Eric McClure reminded us, "nothing evokes Brooklyn like a knock-off of an Indianapolis design knocked off from another Indianapolis design."
The practice facility
With some lack of precision, the newspaper reports:
In addition, the Nets are building a practice facility next to Barclays Center, on the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic streets, something that was not part of Gehry’s design. The add-on ties in with the team’s effort to form a close bond with Brooklyn’s 2.5 million residents by having the players spend more time on-site, Yormark said.
Well, Flatbush and Atlantic are avenues, not streets. If the practice facility does occupy that wedge area, then it could block any plans for the once-promised Urban Room. (Maybe they could call it the Urban Room.)
Attached practice courts are nothing new in NBA arenas. They're included in the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (model for Brooklyn), the TimeWarner Center in Charlotte, and the Verizon Center in DC, among others.
The bonding effect
But would it really help the team bond with Brooklynites when players are so fungible? Remember, State Senator Marty Golden declared, according to a 4/14/06 Courier-Life article:
“It is the chance of a lifetime to have stars such as Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and all the others have their home court based in Brooklyn.”
When Kidd got traded, Jefferson was put in the spotlight. When Jefferson was traded, Devin Harris and Vince Carter moved up. Should the Nets move, many more roster changes will have occurred.