Nets Won't Live In Brooklyn: Report

Players choose New Jersey, Manhattan over borough digs.

When the final buzzer hits at Barclays Center, it'll be more "Goodbye" than "Hello, Brooklyn" for the starting lineup of the Nets.

According to the New York Times, Brooklyn Nets players are passing on making the borough of Kings home—instead opting for living arrangements in New Jersey and Manhattan.

“Brooklyn has some great places,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said. “But four bedrooms, they don’t have it.”

The lack of palatial spaces in Brooklyn wasn't the only consideration made by Nets players, according to the report.

, the Nets will keep their practice space in East Rutherford, N.J. for at least two more seasons—making it more practical for players to live in more centrally located digs in Manhattan or nearby North Jersey than taking tunnels and bridges from Brooklyn.

Other players seem daunted not just by the drive, but also by Brooklyn's gritty urban reputation.

“I’m afraid of the city,” forward Gerald Wallace, who grew up in a small town in Alabama, told the Times in July.

The Truth September 05, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Anyone coming to New York to live (and isn't all that familiar with the city)...always wants to be in Manhattan and its understandable. Eventually they learn about the city and also realize that Brooklyn is as hip or hipper than Manhattan and they eventually make their way out here. As a broker, I can assure you that some of these players will ultimately settle in Brooklyn!!! Mark my words!
Johnnie September 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM
"Afraid of the city?" Seriously?
ANONYMOUS September 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Oh...The Brooklyn Nets won't live in Brooklyn. Call Jayz and the boys..they can't dis Brooklyn....let's change the name to Jersey Scairdy Cats. Ah who am I kiddin', they can afford those Alpine and Tewksbury NJ mansions..wish it were me
Sara September 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Totally agree.
S. Mirza September 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
i love how when the nets played in Newark, one could get tickets to their games for $10. now that they've moved to "hipster brooklyn" their prices have gone up 500% or more. let's hope a fancier arena makes them play better....though i have doubts.


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