Travel-Stuff has a piece on how the NBA is moving forward with the travel restrictions in New York City, and we’re talking about hoops, specifically in the Big Apple.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the NBA will open a new basketball court in Brooklyn this season, and the league announced today that Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett will join the team as a player-coach for the upcoming season.
The new basketball facility, called “Basket Basket,” will be in the borough of Queens, and it will be a basketball home for the Nets and the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Club.
The team will be based out of Brooklyn, New York, and will be operated by the Brooklyn Basketball Development League.
The Nets will host the Brooklyn Bulls for the season opener in Brooklyn, but will be replaced by the new team next season.
The Brooklyn Nets have a long history of success in the NBA, but it’s been a struggle to stay in the postseason for some time now.
Last year, the team fell to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs and have not made the playoffs since 2009.
The Brooklyn Nets made the postseason last season, but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
Brooklyn is one of the worst basketball cities in the country, with its population below the poverty level.
Garnett, who has played in New Jersey and Boston, said he was excited about joining the Nets.
“Brooklyn, and basketball in general, has a lot of history,” he said.
“Brooklyn has been a basketball city for a long time, and I am looking forward to being part of a team that is going to be a part of that history.”
The Nets announced earlier this week that they have hired coach Brian Shaw as their head coach.
He is one year younger than Garnett.
New York is one-and-a-half hours north of Brooklyn.