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.