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YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: NETS EYEING A RETURN TO LONG ISLAND
Published January 5, 1998
The Nets, "reeling from the surprise announcement that the Devils want to move to Hoboken, are now seriously considering a move of their own -- to Long Island," according to Jon Gelberg of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Officials of the Nassau County Sports Commission and the Palladium Co., a real estate investment company in the process of buying the Islanders, "confirmed their interest in bringing the Nets back to Long Island," where they played 20 years ago. Parties on both sides confirmed recent discussions that hinge on a new Uniondale arena. Nets President Michael Rowe "refused to confirm or deny the report" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 12/24). On Long Island, Nassau County Exec Thomas Gulotta confirmed that the county has "ongoing but very informal discussions" with the Nets. He added the county also has had talks with other pro teams, but would not identify any of them (NEWSDAY, 12/26). REFUSE TO LOSE: A NJ Superior Court judge "threw out a lawsuit" against Nets coach John Calipari by Newark Star- Ledger reporter Dan Garcia, who "accused Calipari of causing him emotional distress when Calipari cursed at him and threatened to punch him" last March, according to Elizabeth Moore of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Judge Joseph Scancarella said that Calipari's "remarks did not intentionally or negligently cause 'emotional distress' and that the coach did not follow through on his threats" (STAR-LEDGER, 12/25). Garcia said that "he does not plan to appeal" the suit, in which he was seeking $5M in damages (AP/STAR-LEDGER, 12/26).