Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, disagrees with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s assertion that the Nets are not working out in Brooklyn.
On Thursday night, December 7, while Silver was in attendance for the first of two games for the Nets at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, The Post asked him about New York City’s mayor being down on the team. Silver defended the influence the Nets have had on the areas surrounding the Barclays Center as well as the direction the team is headed, which is out of a losing streak.
Silver told The Post, “I believe the Brooklyn Nets have exceeded all expectations in terms of the move from Secaucus to Brooklyn. The development surrounding the area around the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is fantastic in terms of restaurants and commercial business and the residential (development).”
The Post reports, “Granted, the Nets are just 10-14 after Thursday’s 100-95 win over the Thunder and they were a combined 41-123 over the prior two seasons. But Silver, while acknowledging Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s overzealous gaffes and former general manager Billy King’s ill-fated deal with Boston for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, sounded bullish on the franchise’s future.”
Silver told The Post, “In terms of the team, they’re on their way. The current owners will be the first to admit they made some rookie mistakes in their early days of owning the team. They in essence went for it, trying to take a short cut in terms of trying to build a championship team. It didn’t work out. But I have enormous confidence in Sean Marks as general manager, coach Kenny Atkinson. I think the fans here will see a young, hungry team that is well-coached and wants to achieve. As a New Yorker and as the commissioner of the NBA, I couldn’t be happier with what’s happening with the Nets.”
When The Post asked Atkinson about the comments made by de Blasio, he didn’t want to address the mayor’s statements.
He told The Post, “I definitely want to stay away from that one. I have no comment. I just don’t want to comment.”
By Mark Snyder