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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders dropped their final preseason game at Barclays Center, 3-1, to the Washington Capitals. New York now has just one game remaining before the regular season opens Oct.?9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Monday's game was far from thrilling, but once again it gave us another look into what the team will be like once these games finally count. So here are a few things we learned:

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders won their second preseason game at Barclays Center, 2-1, against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, but lost during the 3-on-3 overtime that took place following regulation. The Islanders were once again tapped to test out the new 3-on-3 overtime rule during the preseason. Tyler Kennedy scored the winner in OT.

Another small, but passionate, crowd settled into Barclays Center for the exhibition matchup between the Devils and Islanders. Here are a few things we learned from Wednesday?s game:

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The Islanders were victorious in their first game at Barclays Center this season, beating the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, on Monday night, while a second group lost to the Flyers by the score of 5-3 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

All eyes were on Brooklyn's game because a majority of the Isles starters were taking part in that game and it was their first real run-through in their new home. Here are few things we learned from Monday's game at Barclays Center...

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders era in Brooklyn began on Monday morning with the team's first ever morning skate at their new home. It was also the team's first look at their new locker room and support facilities.

There will certainly be an adjustment period for the players to get used to their new digs. On the ice, the Islanders tried to get a feel for how the boards were and how the ice was. Despite there being a Madonna concert at the arena just two days ago, head coach Jack Capuano said the ice was good.

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The Long Island Railroad will be adding extra service to and from Barclays Center during Islanders' home games this upcoming season (Newsday, Aug. 3).

The LIRR will add two additional eastbound trains to Farmingdale and Babylon that will depart Atlantic Terminal 20 minutes after the end of weekday home games. Fans looking for other?lines will transfer at Jamaica. In addition, two west bound trains will be added to the schedule on the weekend along with two extra eastbound trains after games.

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Ryan Pulock and Griffin Reinhart were expected to battle for a roster spot when training camp opened in September. When Reinhart was traded to Edmonton during the NHL draft it eliminated some of the competition for Pulock, but that doesn't mean he has a guaranteed spot on the Isles' roster.

"There's still that competition there," Pulock said after the first day of minicamp. "It doesn't give me a free spot. I'm still fighting every inch for a spot, so things really haven't changed that way. But I guess it's one less prospect fighting for that one spot."

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The Islanders will have another new sponsor for their inaugural season in Brooklyn.

Draft Ops, a daily fantasy sports operator, has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Barclays Center. The agreement includes sponsorship of the Islanders, which includes "on-and-off ice assets" (Forbes, June 24).

The fantasy sports website will also build an on-site?Fantasy Sports Book at Barclays Center. The Fantasy Sports Book?will begin being built in September and Draft Ops will launch it in connection with the Islanders season opener in October.

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The Islanders?days on 88.7 FM WRHU Radio Hofstra University appear to be coming to a close.

In a Newsday feature highlighting the aspects that Barclays Center want to carry over from the team's days at Nassau Coliseum, CEO Brett Yormark discussed the desire to move to a larger radio station. The Islanders have been on WRHU since 2010. (June 2)

"I think it's fair to say that's probably not a place we'll end up," Yormark said bluntly.

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As Islanders staffers started packing boxes, the team finished their last round of exit interviews and said one final goodbye to the Nassau Coliseum.

Thursday was a surreal feeling for the players as they went separate ways for the summer. The sting of their first round exit in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs still fresh and the realization that the Coliseum will no longer be their home starting to sink in.

"I couldn't help but think about it driving up here today," Josh Bailey said as he spoke with reporters one final time. "And walking down the hallway. It's sad, for sure."

Tags: barclays center, Islanders, john tavares, josh bailey, kyle okposo, nassau coliseum, new york islanders, News
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Update:?Forest City Ratner has filed suit against Blumenfeld Development Group. The suit alleges that BDG has tried to make "unilateral changes" to the Coliseum redevelopment plan, according to Newsday.

Forest City Ratner also alleges that the dispute has led to "delays and gridlock" in filing plans with the Town of Hempstead. Forest City officials do not believe the suit will hold up the time frame of the project, which is expected to begin in August.

However, a?Long Island Business News report?suggested that the suit could hold up the project for months.?

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Thomas Vanek's stint on Long Island only last part of the 2013-14 season, but the winger genuinely seemed to enjoy his time with the Islanders.

He enjoyed it so much so that he was "very close" to staying with the team long term. Vanek created a lot of chemistry with Kyle Okposo and John Tavares during his time with the Isles and had nothing but good memories of the team.

"I only have good things to say," Vanek told reporters Tuesday morning. "Only thing I wish that is the team would stay here on the Island and not move. Besides that it was a great time."

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The Nets game against Miami pm Tuesday mogjt was delayed 31 minutes in the first quarter by a leak in the Barclays Center roof.

The team said the leak was related to the construction of a new 'green' roof.

"I didn't even know it was raining outside," said Joe Johnson, who scored 16 points for the Nets. "I was like `How the hell we got a leak if it ain't raining.'"

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It's no secret that the Islanders and Nets will soon become corporate cousins when the Isles move to the Barclays Center next season.

It will be a reunion of sorts since the Islanders and Nets used to both play at Nassau Coliseum before the basketball team was moved to New Jersey in 1977. Now they will be, as the Barclays Center is dubbing it, "two teams reunited in Brooklyn."

On Wednesday night several players exchanged jerseys prior to tip-off between the Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

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The Islanders are moving in the right direction, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said on WFAN Tuesday afternoon.

"I think the Islanders' prospects are strong," he said during an interview with Mike Francesa. "They?re putting together a good, young team and they?re moving to a state-of-the-art arena. Even thought it wasn?t specifically designed for hockey it will certainly improve things for them and their fans."

The franchise is coming of its most successful offseason in quite some time. General Manager Garth Snow improved the Islanders at every position that had holes. He brought in goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson to shore up goaltending. Snow added Nikolay Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski to add more scoring, and traded for top-4 defenseman Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk.

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Brooklyn Nets ownership is looking to combine assets with the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to NetsDaily.com

So what does this have to do with the Islanders? If Mikhail Prokhorov's?ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment and?Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment Assets "merge assets" it will play a factor into how the renovation of the Nassau Coliseum is financed

From Nets Daily:

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Brooklyn, N.Y. -- It would be safe to say that, to many Islander fans, Friday's preseason game in Brooklyn was more about seeing what the future home of the team will look like rather than scoping out the team itself. The venue was the topic of discussion for fans on Twitter and for fans in the building.

Barclays Center was not built for hockey. It would be hard to argue against that by any means.

However, to say that it is terrible for hockey would not be accurate either. The thing with Barclays Center is that it has its' flaws, but it also has a lot of positives. The most obvious being that the building isn't 43 years old. Nothing against Nassau Coliseum -- it's a building that is great for hockey, but lacks modern amenities and is literally falling apart.

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Brooklyn, N.Y. ? It was a successful night in the borough of Kings for the New York Islanders.

Nearly 12,000 people showed up to Barclays Center for preseason hockey. The Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in the shootout and fans finally had the chance to hear the goal horn at Barclays Center.

?Well it?s nice to score a goal,? Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told reporters after the game. ?Last year we never heard the horn go off. Didn?t even know what it was going to be like.?

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Result: Brock Nelson's goal gave the Islanders a 3-2 shootout preseason victory over the Devils at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, set to be the Isles' new home for the 2015-16 season.


Need to Know: Islanders goalie Chad Johnson had 29 saves.

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The Islanders television home, MSG Network, will carry the team's September 26 exhibition contest against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center, the network announced Wednesday.?The Islanders will face the Devils at Barclays at 7:30 p.m.

The game is the second NHL contest held at the Brooklyn venue, which will be the Islanders new home after this season. Chris King and Butch Goring will be the broadcast team for the night. King will return to the television booth for the first time since a short stint last season filling in for Howie Rose.

It will be the first time fans will see how a hockey game will look on TV from the Barclays Center. The arena?received mixed reviews from fans after the initial preseason contest there last season, in which the Islanders lost 3-0 to New Jersey. Some fans were unhappy with the view from different sections of the arena while others did not like that the?scoreboard was off-center.

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The Nets defeated the Orlando Magic, winning their eighth game in their last nine, at the Barclays Center.

The Nets hadn't swept a back-to-back and were just 1-6 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, but they had no trouble defending their home court on Tuesday.

Brooklyn has now won six straight home games, running their overall home record up to 11-9 on the season, even after a six-game home losing streak earlier this season.

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The Nets have won three of their last four contests, seemingly stabilizing things in Brooklyn... at least for the time being. But, for a team still in desperate need of as many wins as they can get, the next two and a half weeks could give us a glimpse of what we're in store for the rest of the way.

That's because the Nets kick off a pivotal stretch tonight at the Barclays Center. Two of their next three meetings with be with the Sixers, with a home game against the Wizards sandwiched in between. Two tough match ups with the Pacers loom (on the 23 and 28 of December), but outside of them, and arguably a Bulls team on Christmas that's without Derrick Rose, the Nets have finally hit an elongated soft spot in their schedule.

Home against Philly, home against Washington, at Philly, with games against Milwaukee and Sacramento scattered around the Pacers and Bulls meetings. That's a stretch where the Nets can do some damage. Philadelphia has lost six in a row, and the Nets have to make sure that that streak hits seven. Brooklyn is just two games off the division pace, and a hot stretch against beatable opponents could place them in the driver's seat in the division as we turn the calendar to 2014. That's??a huge opportunity.

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Apparently it's Barclays Center Week here at IPB. More info on the arena front from Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, who was on the Michael Kay Show earlier today discussing the Nets, Islanders and Coliseum renovations.?As far as renovations of the arena in preparation for the Islanders go, Yormark said that the way the arena was for the pre-season game was mostly how it would look when the Islanders move in."For the most part, what the fans saw on the 21st is what they'll see when the Islanders come here," Yormark told Kay. "We are thinking about adding some premium seating, which I think will be great for that high-end premium buyer but other than that we're ready to go."Yormark also mentioned that they still need to build a "locker room campus" for the Islanders and other "smaller things" that were needed to accommodate the team. But he said there was "nothing big from the standpoint of having to add additional seating or anything like that."Asked why, with his team renovating the Coliseum, it wasn't possible for the Islanders to stay Yormark had the following to say:[sny-box]I just don't think you could have refurbished it in a way where it could truly accommodate a professional hockey team for 44 nights. There's very little suite revenue coming out of that building. They don't really have suites. I just think there's a slew of reasons why it wouldn't work. I just don't think you could generate the revenue out of that building.?[/sny-box]The hosts also asked him about rumors (heh) that the team may move earlier than their scheduled mid-2015 moving date:[sny-box]Well, I'll never say never cause you just don't know... But right now the plan is 15-16 and should it change, I'll call you guys.[/sny-box]Here's the full audio of Yormark's interview.
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Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Islanders would receive an annual payment from the Barclays Center when the team relocates there for the 2015-16 season and each year thereafter. The Journal reported that this payment was believed to be in the tens of millions of dollars per year.A Point Blank source has seconded the WSJ?s report that the team would receive a large annual payment from the Barclays Center and has provided further details.The source added that the payment to the Islanders would increase at a single-digit percentage annually. There are also stipulations in the agreement that could cause the payment to be reduced but the exact details of such stipulations were not known.In exchange for the large lump sum payment each season, the source tells Point Blank that the Barclays Center will receive the majority of team revenues. Those revenue streams include ticketing, merchandising, suite sales and other revenue sources that Islander games at the Barclays Center will produce.In the deal, the Islanders also agree to play most of their regular season games at the facility as well as a guarantee of three pre-season games per year.The agreement appears to give the Islanders financial stability with a set annual payment from the arena while the arena will bear the risk and volatility of revenues each season. From year-to-year ticket sales may dip or jersey sales may increase, however the Islanders bottom line will be largely unaffected by these ups and downs under the terms of the agreement. The Barclays Center will bear the brunt of the risk for variance in revenues.In August 2011, the Islanders worked with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and attempted to pass a bond proposal to build a new arena via public vote. If that agreement had passed, the Islanders would have paid the County $14 million per year in rent plus a cut of arena revenues. The vote failed and instead the team signed the agreement with the Barclays Center in October 2012 to relocate to the Barclays Center for 25-years following the expiration of the team's lease at the Nassau Coliseum during the summer of 2015. Since then, the two organizations have slowly become intertwined with the Barclays Center taking over Islanders business operations?this past June.
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? Saturday night?s preseason matchup against the New Jersey Devils will be a glimpse into what life will be like when the Islanders move to Brooklyn in 2015.The exhibition contest between the Devils and Islanders will be the first NHL game to take place in the borough of Brooklyn, as well as the first hockey game to take place at the Barclays Center.It wont be the first time the Isles have visited their future home.The Islanders opened training camp last Thursday with a practice at the Brooklyn venue. Now the team will get a feel for what it is like to play in front of a crowd in Brooklyn.?I think everyone is looking forward to playing that game,? forward Colin McDonald said after Friday?s practice at Nassau Coliseum. ?Obviously it?s going to give us a little sneak peak of what?s to come in two years. I thought we had a lot of fun just even in the opening of training camp there and seeing the new building. It will be nice to see what it?s like with all the lights on and the scoreboard going, and obviously the fans in there.?Last week, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said that over 10,000 tickets had been sold for Saturday?s game.Despite the significance of the game off the ice, the team is treating the game like any other preseason game.?For us, we want to execute,? head coach Jack Capuano said. ?We want to play a little bit better with the vets that will be playing than we did in Calgary and Regina. That?s what I want to see.?McDonald echoed a similar sentiment, saying the team still had a job to do. ?We?re not just playing these preseason games to play. We?re trying to win these games and get better as a team. So that?s going to be our main focus when we get there tomorrow,? he said.The Islanders will have a morning skate tomorrow at Nassau Coliseum, before heading to Brooklyn for the game.NOTES: The Islanders announced that Cal Clutterbuck will be out for the next four to six weeks with a leg laceration suffered in Tuesday?s game against Calgary. ? Colin McDonald skated in Cluttberbuck?s spot on the third line in practice, with Michael Grabner and Peter Regin. ? Captain John Tavares turned 23 years old today.
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The Brooklyn Nets selected Mason Plumlee with the 22nd pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The seven-foot center from Duke University averaged 17.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season with the Blue Devils. He earned Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC honors this past season.

The Nets were one pick late in getting a guy they seemed to covet ? Louisville?s Gorgui Dieng ? but Plumlee also seems to be a good fit for what the Nets need.

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Earlier today, the Barclays Center tweeted out a photo montage (right) of the arena's hockey setup taking shape. It might be the best photo we've seen so far, taken from a side view of the ice surface.

As mentioned on this blog last week, the scoreboard is off-center and looks like it is over one of the bluelines. The photo also sheds a little light on what will happen in the end zone where things get a little tight. It looks as though -- unless things change -- there will be no seats behind the glass on the lower level on that end (the empty section in the second tier is supposed to be like that, even for basketball games). It also seems like the upper bowl on that side will have an awfully hard time seeing the near net, but I guess we won't know for sure until September.

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When the Islanders head to the Barclays center for their first game at the arena on September 21st, a pre-season tilt against the Devils, the public will finally have a look at what a hockey rink retro-fitted inside a basketball arena will look like.

It?s not going to look like a traditional hockey arena.

The picture to your right?came to light in September 2012 showing the rink setup. In it you can sort of see how the scoreboard will be hanging over one end of the ice and not centered as it normally would be.

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There have been focus groups supposedly exploring some changes to the Islanders brand, and promises that the Islanders won't change their logo as long as they're owned by Charles Wang.

However, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark is still trying to figure out how to incorporate black and white into the Islanders color scheme, which he calls 'the colors of Brooklyn.'?The Nets wear black and white jerseys that say Brooklyn on the front, and those have been quite a success for the team. Guard Deron Williams had the sixth best selling jersey in the entire NBA this season.

In a long 15-minute interview with Russia Today, Yormark touched on a lot of topics including how he hopes to add black and white into the Islanders color scheme. He did not give specifics as to whether it would be the jerseys, the logo or maybe only a third jersey. Transcribed by NetsDaily:

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Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City has embraced bikes as another transportation alternative probably best seen in the Citibike program that recently launched. At the Barclays Center they've taken things a step further, trying out a bike valet service for a recent concert.

The Barclays has a massive bike rack that can hold up to 400 bikes. According to NetsDaily, Barclays paid Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group to be 'bike valets' on Wednesday night:

[sny-box]Transportation Alternatives, under the rubric "One Less Car," provided valet service, locking the bikes and holding on to the helmets, then at concert's end, returning both to the riders. Like a coat check for bikes. About 100 riders took advantage of the free service Wednesday.

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Over the next several months, the Islanders and Nassau County are expected to discuss the possibility of the hockey team getting out of its Nassau Coliseum lease a year early. If they strike a deal, the Islanders would begin play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn at the start of the 2014-15 season.

According to sources with Nassau and the Islanders, both sides are open to a financial arrangement that could benefit the bankrupt county and the money-losing team. The Islanders' lease does not expire for another two full seasons, in the summer of 2015.

Leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier would enable the Islanders to begin capitalizing on revenue streams in Brooklyn, while not playing as lame duck tenants at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike any longer than possible.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets look to win two straight as they?ll host the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn is coming off a big win on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats, but the team has lost three consecutive games on its home floor.

The Wizards have played better since the return of point guard John Wall, but the team is still the worst in the NBA on the road at 5-23.

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Since the Islanders announced that they would move to Brooklyn back in October, one of the issues that has been heavily debated online has been the issue of getting to and from the arena and whether fans would make the trip from Long Island to the Barclays Center. It's understandable and unfortunate that due to the move, the team will likely lose some of its eastern Long Island fanbase and driving to the games will pretty much be a thing of the past. Generally, most of the debate hinges on how many people will fill the arena and how far they'll travel to do it.

Sometimes, in the debates that pop up on twitter, message boards, and even this blog's comments, things degenerate a bit -- as things on the internet are wont to do -- and focus on some deep seeded issues like the crime rates in Brooklyn and how dangerous a place the Barclays Center is. That comes partially out of truth; some of the crime rates in Brooklyn are higher than the national average. It also comes out of some inaccurate and paranoid places induced by fear and racism.

The arena itself resides in Prospect Heights, part of the City's 78th Precinct. According to the precinct's commanding officer Michael Ameri, crime at the new arena is virtually non-existent.

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In news that should come as no surprise to anyone who understands Long Island, a report in Newsday shows that Long Islanders will, in fact, sit on the Long Island Railroad for extended lengths of time to attend events at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Long Island is a populace that?s used to sitting in traffic on a daily basis and used to spending long periods of time on the train to get to New York City. The early returns show that we?ll also be willing to take the extra time to get to the brand new Barclays Center. The arena, which opened in September, has provided the LIRR with an average increase of 3,300 riders per event on their Atlantic Terminal line. That?s nearly a fifth of the arena?s basketball capacity of 17,732 coming from Long Island, on average.

[sny-box]Helping offset the 2.4 million customers lost to Sandy were big gains on the LIRR's Brooklyn line since the September opening of the Barclays Center, across the street from the railroad's Atlantic Terminal.

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I?ve been a Nets fan for a little over 10 years now, but growing up on Long Island, I never really got a chance to see the team play in New Jersey.

Before the move to Downtown Brooklyn, I actually only attended one New Jersey Nets game ? last season at Prudential Center in Newark, also known as ?The Rock.?

Inside Barclays Center

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NEW YORK ? I had a chance to catch up with the legendary Bernard Hopkins at a press conference for his upcoming fight against Tavoris ?Thunder? Cloud. The fight will take place ?at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Hopkins will be challenging Cloud for the IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

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Around the NHL, 2012 will certainly be remembered for the ridiculous, arrogant lockout that is still currently going on. But for Islander fans, this year should be remembered as the year the team finally put a decades long arena issue to bed. Whether you're thrilled about the team's impending move to Barclays or not, sad to leave the Coliseum or not, I think we can all agree that it is good to finally have closure. The team and the fanbase needed to move past the decades of political shenanigans, failed projects, and other issues (asbestos! attempted condemning!) that have plagued all involved over the years.

To say that this was a long time coming is an understatement. My favorite quote to cite -- and you may have seen this before -- is from 1991 when, just before the dawn of the modern American stadium and arena boom, Bill Torrey was citing his team's facility as a competitive disadvantage:

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Deron Williams has had a tough 16 games this year and is playing through a plethora of injuries right now but he won't use them as am excuse for his poor play.

Poor play for Williams is still above average and All-star quality for most and anyone who watches him play knows he runs the Brooklyn Nets and even with his poor shooting he is leading in many ways that help the team win.

One thing you love about superstars is that they are never satisfied with how they are playing and Williams is one of those superstars.

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The Brooklyn Nets went into Miami last night with two things in mind, first exact some revenge from a previous blowout to the Heat, and secondly to show the Heat that they will be a team to be dealt with come playoff time.

The Nets played good basketball in the first half, but in the the second half, the ball movement was not as good and the Heat eventually put the upstart Nets away as the Nets could not hit a single shot in the fourth quarter.

Even John Schuhmann noticed during the first half...

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The Brooklyn Nets are currently 10-4 and second placed in the NBA's Eastern Conference. To say they have done well through 14 games would be a bit of an understatement. To what can be attribute the team's early success?

Our good friend, Devin Kharpertian of TheBrooklynGame.com?is doing a weekly Nets power ranking for New York Magazine. It's pretty cool. Below are excepts from the ranking, check it out to see who Kharpertian ranks number one this week.

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The Islanders were supposed to head to Brooklyn on October 2nd for a pre-season game against the Devils. Everyone was supposed to get a glimpse at what could have been -- and now will be -- the team's home in 2015 (Maybe, if there had been a pre-season game and an NHL season, that would have been the day the team announced the move?). Due to the cancellation, we've only had fleeting glimpses at what an ice rink inside the arena looks like. Still, we can take a look at the facility and hypothesize how exactly this is all going to work.

On Friday night, I took a trip to Brooklyn to check out the arena and the Barclays Center Classic, a college basketball tournament featuring Kentucky, Maryland, LIU Brooklyn and Morehead State. Kentucky and Morehead both won close games, if you're scoring at home.

As for the arena, which was the the main attraction for me, it is gorgeous, very modern, a stone's throw from the LIRR, and even closer to a bunch of subway lines (See that big green, grassy hill in the photo above? That's the backside of an Atlantic Avenue subway entrance). Playing in this arena will finally bring the Islanders into a 21st century sports arena. It's also for better or worse a lot different than anything Islander fans are used to at the Coliseum.

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