One has to wonder, what exactly are Bruce Ratner and Mikahil Prokhorov planning on bringing to Brooklyn. A team that can hardly call itself professional and a naked arena?
The New Jersey Nets, once again, are stinking up the joint and the Barclays Center arena is in jeopardy of being facadeless come projected completion in September 2012 now that the custom manufacterer of the rusty panels has gone belly up.
First the Nets (at 1-5 they hold the second worst record in the league), from the Times:
Nets, Struggling on Offense, Watch Pacers Find Rhythm
When the two worst-shooting teams in the N.B.A. got together Monday night, the Nets played down to their standing and fell to the Indiana Pacers, 108-94.
The New York Times. By Jake Appleman
The Pacers, who shot 53 percent to the Nets' 37 percent, also made 13 of 21 3-point attempts. If sinking shots — and the Nets' hopes — seemed like no contest for the Pacers, it was because most of the 3-point attempts were not contested.
"We just didn't do a good job of running them off the 3-point line, of paying attention to details," Deron Williams said...
Will the arena in Brooklyn be ready when the semi-pro Nets are ready to move? That is now a question worthy of a "no comment" from Forest City Ratner. Norman Oder (followed by the NY Observer) reports:
Company fabricating metal arena facade shuts down; work was supposed to extend through May; no comment from Forest City at this time
The Whitestown, IN-based company that has been fabricating the weathered steel for the Barclays Center facade unexpectedly went out of business last week, raising questions about whether and when the additional steel needed would be delivered, and how the overall project timetable may be affected.
It's unclear how much of the steel has been fabricated and delivered by ASI Limited, but a considerable amount of facade work remains to be done.
A spokesman for developer Forest City Ratner said "we cannot comment at this time." The Empire State Development (ESD), the state agency overseeing Atlantic Yards, said it was a question for Forest City...