According to James Finelli of DNAinfo:
Developer Forest City Ratner says its taxpayer-subsidized arena is grossly overvalued — by more than $600 million.
In an unusual move, the firm went to Brooklyn Supreme Court last month to battle the city's appraisal of the Nets' home.
Earlier this year the Department of Finance placed the arena's value at about $741 million. The developer's subsidiary, Brooklyn Events Center, challenged that estimate in a petition filed Oct. 22, arguing that the Barclays Center is really worth a measly $111 million.
The Finance Department bases the market value of a commercial property like the Barclays Center on its potential income. The city then calculates taxes off that value.
Forest City Ratner declined to explain to DNAinfo New York why it is fighting the appraisal. The developer has netted a slew of public perks and doesn't even pay property taxes.
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You've heard it. The chant fills Barclays Center a.k.a. The Black House a.k.a. The House That Hov Built a.k.a. Where Is The Promised Housing like no other. It's the best chant Brooklyn has, and may be the best chant in sports. It's simultaneously a jeer and a cheer. It can throw an away team off its rocker while pushing Brooklyn forward. It's fantastic, and I'm worried about wasting it.... MORE →
- Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, who is half-Cuban, sat down with Adry Torres of Fox Sports Latino to talk basketball, family, and of course -- comic books.
- Jerry Stackhouse's new shoe.
- Joe Johnson is still struggling to fit in with this Brooklyn Nets offense. But after three games, he isn't concerned.
- More Johnson: "“It’s not about one individual or how my stats are or this and that. That’s not my concern. I’m concerned about us getting wins. And right now we need a win bad. We’ll come with a sense of desperation tomorrow.” (Note: that means today, against the Orlando Magic.)
- The next Barclays Center act: comedian Russell Peters will perform tomorrow night at 8 P.M.
By MICHAEL SHAPIRO
When you grow up in the Brooklyn I knew, which was pretty much the worst possible time – just missing the Dodgers and years before it got so cool – your memories of the place are almost always flat, dull and gray.
My Brooklyn, circa 1952 to 1974, (from birth to graduation from Brooklyn College) was a place you were supposed to leave, for college, Staten Island, Nassau County, Jersey or if you were exceedingly lucky and unusually ambitious, “the city.” And yet, years later, there was still a sense that it all could have been so much better. Brooklyn did not have to be the place where there never seemed much of anything to do except to talk about all the good things that waited to be done when you finally bade the place goodbye.
The Dodgers had a lot to do with that, especially if, like me, you’d never been to Ebbets Field and so could only imagine a time when the little ballpark was always crowded and the days always sunny and the Dodgers, the sainted Bums, always beloved. We who arrived too late had no splendid not sure of this word. Splendid? Ironic, but not quite sure….memories of hot dogs turning green as they boiled their way through the second game of an August doubleheader, or the acrid smell from the Ebbets Field bathrooms.
As it happens, some years ago, I set about trying to live those happy years vicariously by doing what writers do and recreating that time through other peoples’ stories. I learned, not surprisingly, the reality was not what we'd come to remember.
To begin, we have come to assume that the faithful adored always, despite all the many years when the team, the bums, the “daffiness boys” languished in the second division and attendance was limited to those without gainful employment. Actually, their departure was more painful because, while the Dodgers had spent much of their long history being quite bad, from 1946-1956 they were were surely the best team in the National League and the second best in baseball. Yes, they lost to the Yankees four times in the World Series, but they had five trips to the series in ten years. And one, there-is-a-God world championship, in 1955.
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Say hello to your morning shootaround. I tempered news yesterday since America had some other stuff going on. Now that that's over, back to the important things.
- First and foremost: somehow we let it slip through the cracks that Andray Blatche ran out of gas on his first trip home after a Brooklyn Nets game. Final cost? $220.
- Brooklyn Nets overseas Eurostash Bojan Bogdanovic dropped 18 points on 7-11 shooting (4-6 from deep) in Fenerbahce's 83-74 win over Besiktas, former Deron Williams Turkish squad.
- Reggie Evans & Quincy Acy, two peas in a pod: “He act just like him, talk like him. They both wear their ugly-ass Gucci bookbag. They act just alike, man.”
- Howard Beck breaks down the importance of Gerald Wallace: "Wallace is the Nets’ hustle, their strength, their grit and their versatility. He can guard three positions and anchor a small lineup. When the time comes, he will check LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce. He is the best hope the Nets have of becoming a respectable defensive team. If Deron Williams is the Nets’ most indispensable player, Wallace is a close second."
- Deron Williams was interviewed in this month's Golf Magazine. See who he calls the best GM in the NBA.
- Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson on Barclays Center: "It's first class all the way. Even the visiting locker rooms are like home locker rooms. They did a great job with the place, and it's in a perfect location for the city."
When I woke up Saturday morning, I was still in a fight with my girlfriend. The worst. So I made breakfast and turned on the 2002 Nets-Pacers game that lives on my DVR. Keith Van Horn put his hand on my shoulder. "Just give her a call. This'll be fine." Aaron Williams grabbed an offensive rebound. I felt better. Yeah, things will be fine.
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Nets Fan and The Brooklyn Game user Vincent Romero went to the first game last night. Here's his experience.
I was at the game last night.
First and foremost, I have been to many games at the Izod Center including the finals games during the Jason Kidd era against the Lakers and Spurs. The buzz in the Barclays Center was so much better than any of the those games and it was against the Toronto Raptors! Which makes me wonder how better the buzz was if they did start the season against the Knicks.
Got into the Barclays Center as it opened the doors through the main entrance in the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush. Though clearly observing as I walked around those who want to avoid lines at the entrance should use the Dean Street and Atlantic entrances on the sides, people got in easily without much hassle.
Food options are so much better than MSG and with local vendors, the Barclays Center people seem very observant that Brooklyn is a big foodie neighborhood especially the Park Slope/Fort Greene/Prospect Heights neighborhood surrounding the arena though the lines are bad and hard to navigate through the arena during the game because of the concessions lines. That Famiglia Pizza/Ranch 1 crap is not going to work here in Brooklyn!
All the seats are padded and it's easy to get too though the Barclays Center in the corridors do not highlight any Nets franchise history like Dr. J, Michael Ray Richardson's interventions, Kenny Anderson and Derrick Coleman's rookie contracts, Keith Van Horn's rap albums, etc. Not even an Aaron Williams Fro-Yo stand! They still have the franchise's ABA titles and the conference and division titles banners with the retired jerseys though the lack of the retired #30 Kerry Kittles jersey disturbed me. The Arena looks bigger from the inside than it does on the outside.
As time ticked toward game time, the girl singing the National Anthem was terrible. The Brooklyn Team Song is great. The Video Team Introduction Package of the Nets players entering the Barclays Center in black and white was swagtastic! The Brooklyn Knight Mascot is the worst mascot in the NBA since Bulls Dynasty 12th Man Jack Haley. They had David Stern speak to the crowd and as expected, BOOOOOOOO! They had a poignant yet awkward ceremony with remaining members from the 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers team where they traded jerseys, soccer style. Deron Williams spoke to the crowd and is a much better public speaker than 76ers Spencer Hawes and Carmelo Anthony. The Brooklyn Borough President rambled gibberish and finally tip-off. Deron Williams nails a long 2 which the crowd goes nuts from the wing!
The fans were very into the game at least in terms of my section, 213 on the upper corner. Very observant and smart which is something sadly I can't say about any of my experiences at MSG where many of the fans understood Wok & Roll more than the Pick n' Roll. Though we all agree "Isiah sucks!". Everyone was mindful, the Nets are going to be a bad to mediocre defensive team.
Brook Lopez live looks so awkward in terms of his moves on the post but they are so effective though you need to time him with a sundial in terms of him catching up on a Raptors pick and roll. Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans and CJ Watson are going to be fan favorites. Gerald Wallace was everywhere though the long jumpers were painful and Reggie Evans got 13 boards off the bench, he was gobbling them like Pac-Man getting the power pellets.
The crowd really started to get into it when the Nets bench came with Joe Johnson on the floor to start the 2nd half and when I thought Brook Lopez was awkward, 'Dray Blatche makes him look like Gregory Hines. That 2nd unit of Watson, Brooks, Evans and Blatche with either Williams or Johnson with them look and play like a Brooklyn Streetball unit.
Then the "Broooooooooooklyn" chants came out and it was great and even better knowing I can annoy my friends with it. CJ Watson pops a 3 at the buzzer and the crowd goes nuts.
Early 3rd Quarter, you couldn't help but be excited by the potential when the Brooklyn starting 5 took control of the game. Deron was making clean passes to cutters, Brook Lopez and his chinese menu of post moves to get to the whole, Wallace's hustle, Iso Joe's Isolation sets, and even Kris Humphries somewhat effective defense but then they hit a funk in the 4th Quarter were they kept turning the ball over and reverting to the early game's defense allowing Raptors to cut them up with pick and rolls.
The crowd if as energetic as the first game is going to be huge advantage for the Brooklyn Nets at home. Even though they blew a 13-point lead, the crowd really didn't boo and as crunch time hit, they got excited and pumped up the value. This could be the first time, the Nets really had a crowd that into a game.
The Nets didn't really take control of the game until the near end some MarShon Brooks was nailing these Jamal Crawfordian bad jumpers and Joe Johnson/Deron Williams cool the game with the Free Throws.
I would have thought there would have been pyro or a bigger celebration once the clock hit 0.00 with the Nets winning 107-100 but there wasn't which shocked me. Getting out of the arena was pretty easy with a lot of ways to get out.
As I walked to the subway to my home, you couldn't help but hear the annoying loudspeaker from the Modells across the street trying to get fans to buy merch after the game. The Modells was packed which reminded me of after Yankees games where fans and tourists would hit the merchandise stores outside the stadium after the game.
Overall, Barclays Center was a great experience. I think Brooklyn Nets Management really did a great job understanding Brooklyn and reflecting it in the fan experience including the concessions, dancers, kids group, and the entrance video vignetter/theme music though they need tweaks including please ditch the Brooklyn Knight which looked designed by a blind Marvel intern.
One last observation: Jay-Z and Beyonce Jumbotron shots were about 5-6 and Beyonce looked like she wanted to go to sleep.
- Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on basketball players too. The flooding trapped Brooklyn Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor in his Hoboken apartment building, only just able to get out and get to practice on Thursday. Taylor, who lives near where he grew up, said that the area normally floods but they didn't know what to expect. "Every side of my building was flooded, five or six feet. It went three or four blocks out each side. It was pretty bad." Taylor, whose building will have no power for 10-13 days, was most upset about missing Wednesday's practice: "That's why I was stressing the most, honestly... If I don't practice, there's no way (Coach Avery Johnson) will let me play in the game, so I gotta get out of here!"
- Maybe Taylor can take solace in the fact that Complex Magazine named him the second-most stylish rookie in the 2012 Draft class.
- SBNation's Spencer Hall with a funny list of people attending opening night at the Barclays Center. My favorite: "Sesame Street's Elmo and his second wife Tabitha."
- Seems like he played in Charlotte a lifetime ago, but Gerald Wallace finally sold his Charlotte home. Wallace last played for the Bobcats in February 2011.
Per the NBA's official public relations account, the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks opening night game has been rescheduled for November 26th, at 7 P.M. The game will still take place at the Barclays Center, and will still be broadcast on TNT.
The game was originally postponed at the request of Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and will now occur as the second night of a back-to-back. The Nets play the Portland Trail Blazers (in Brooklyn) on November 25th.