Happy Friday. The latest Nets news and notes from around the ‘net:
- Want to live above Barclays Center? The lottery for affordable housing units at 461 Dean At Pacific Park, otherwise known as the modular building that’s attached to Barclays Center’s back side, has begun. The cheapest studio starts at $559 per month. You can apply through NYC Housing Connect; check this chart to see if you qualify.
Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, a fitness center, lounge, yoga studio, children’s playroom, and a roof terrace, though it’s not clear (as is the case in many Brooklyn buildings chock-full of amenities) if there’s an additional fee for use. Brook Lopez, who makes $20 million a year, is just out of the right income bracket.
The construction hasn’t been fun and games, though. Aside from the numerous lawsuits and community pushback, there have been recent reports of sexual harassment around the project, with one woman saying it was akin to living in a “shark tank.”
- Kenny Atkinson update: the Atlanta Hawks took down the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their first-round matchup Thursday night, pushing back Atkinson’s “welcome to Brooklyn” press conference another couple of weeks. The New York Post asked about a half-dozen of Atkinson’s former colleagues about his style, and got a wide range of answers, including his college nickname — “Spunky.”
- If seeing other people look at an unfinished building is your thing, Sean Marks & the Nets checked out the mid-renovation Nassau Coliseum.
More importantly, Newsday reports that Nassau Coliseum is scheduled to open in March 2017 — three months later than expected. That’s still more than enough time before the start of the 2017-18 NBA D-League season.
- This is great: the Brooklynnettes, the Brooklyn Nets Dance Team, taught a few moves to Audrey Nethery on the Rachael Ray Show. Audrey is a seven-year-old girl with a rare disorder known as Diamond Blackfan Anemia, who became a Zumba and dancing sensation.
Audrey’s parents have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a cure.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took some time out to attend Camp Hoop Heroes in Harlem. He seemed to enjoy himself.
What a time…. I got to go back lol pic.twitter.com/31lFRiVSxq
— R.HollisJefferson (@RondaeHJ24) April 28, 2016
- I’ll leave you with this headline: “No, Putin Is Not Going To Kill The Owner Of The Nets.” Good to hear!