Mar 19, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT
There is another summer of major renovations coming to Madison Square Garden — which means the NBA Draft is on the move again.
It’s returning to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. Even though the NBA isn’t.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted this Monday:
Thrilled 2 announce #Newark will host the #NBAdraft + Fanfest for 2nd year in a row @PruCenter June 28th!
This means David Stern will be booed, Adam Silver cheered and Anthony Davis will be the first to walk up to the podium in a building the NBA is ditching after the season. The league has not officially confirmed the draft news yet, we should add.
The Prudential Center has been home to the Nets the past two seasons as a stopover between the Meadowlands and Brooklyn, where they will play next season. Booker has talked about trying to get another team in the center after this season, but the building has not exactly drawn raves from NBA players this season. Plus, getting a team to move anywhere is hard unless you are a billionaire.
The draft itself should be interesting, however, with what is considered one of the deepest crop of players in years.
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