Nets Reportedly Set For New Practice Facility In Brooklyn, Eyeing Fall '15 Completion
The Nets have "signed a tentative deal" to build a new base of basketball operations atop a building on 39th Street in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, according to sources cited by Andrew Keh of the N.Y. TIMES. The landlord would "raise the roof about 15 feet, allowing the team to install practice courts and training rooms." The project, which "has yet to be officially announced by the Nets, is expected to be completed" by the fall of '15. The team has "maintained a dual presence" since moving to Brooklyn, "continuing to hold most practices at an office park in New Jersey, where most of the basketball staff works." The Nets have "spent months looking for a new site to practice." Sunset Park is "home to a large Latino population as well as Brooklyn’s Chinatown." The Nets with the impending move have "inserted themselves into a Brooklyn neighborhood that has reinvented itself several times in the past few decades, and seems poised for more change to come." Sources said that the team "wants to open a Nets store at street level." The Nets also are "expected to integrate the organization into the community through basketball clinics, public events and other means" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/21).