Araton (who lives in New Jersey but once lived in Brooklyn) writes, in a column headlined For the Nets, A Brooklyn Stars Can’t See:
If [NBA Commissioner David] Stern had to be sold on what Brooklyn might become as an alternative to the failed Meadowlands experiment, what can we expect from the league’s reigning prima donnas?Click on the graphic to enlarge, and see the contradiction.
Travis Outlaw isn’t one of them. As a consolation-prize free agent last summer, Outlaw, a 6-foot-9 forward from Starkville, Miss., received a rather generous deal from the Nets: $35 million over five years, at least two to be played in Newark.
Asked Monday night if he and the typical N.B.A. player had a sense of the approximate location of the new arena to Midtown, or to Madison Square Garden, Outlaw shrugged.
“I don’t think guys think it’s too far, but they probably don’t really know if it’s that close or not,” he said.
Told the arena was only about a 15-minute subway ride from the Garden, Outlaw said: “That’s it? That ain’t bad at all. That’s crazy. I didn’t know that at all.”