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Nets may be in Brooklyn, but players still living in Jersey

Sep 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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The Brooklyn Nets have a very flashy new building in Brooklyn. Well, it looks a little rusty on the outside, but that’s intentional. Inside it’s as state of the art as arenas get now, according to all reports. And it is set up with plenty of revenue-generating luxury boxes, then more exclusive Jay-Z designed suites. Because just luxury suites are not enough anymore.

But the Nets practice facility is still in East Rutherford, New Jersey. About 40 minutes from Brooklyn if there is no traffic. And there is never no traffic.

The Nets will spend nearly twice as many days at the practice facility this season as at Barclays, so as Nets players are finding places to live in the area they are leaning closer to practice than in the city, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times.

So when the final buzzer sounds each night, Brooklyn’s basketball ambassadors will retreat to TriBeCa and Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, and to Edgewater, Hoboken and Clifton in North Jersey. You might see them in Fort Lee, but not in Fort Greene.

“I like Brooklyn a lot,” Deron Williams said, before adding: “We practice in Jersey. In Manhattan, I’m in between both…”

Seven Nets will reside in New Jersey, including the rookie Tyshawn Taylor, who got an apartment in Hoboken, his hometown.

The Nets are shopping for a place to build a new practice facility in the Brooklyn area, something that could be ready in a couple years when their Jersey facility lease is up. That would certainly draw players back to the area.

But lets not just pick on the Nets — less than half the Knicks live in Manhattan (and the six last season was the highest number in years). The Times says there are not Yankees in the Bronx and almost no Mets in Queens. Most of the Giants and Jets live in New Jersey, close to the practice and game facilities in East Rutherford.

But if the Nets get a practice facility built, they could keep a lot of players in the borough (Brooklyn has a mix of young singles and families).

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    The 90s Knicks almost all lived in Jersey. Pat still has his home in Englewood Cliffs, as a matter of fact, and he’s been gone since 2000.

  2. itsthemelman82 - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Better than living in Brownsville

  3. tannethrill - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    lol, a large amount of people work in NY and live in NJ. Did Brooklynites believe that just because the team was there that they’d run into Deron at the butcher?

  4. thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Why would they do something stupid like that?

  5. money2long - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Man.. Jay-Z not even staying in Brooklyn.

    **i luv new york tho

  6. wamj2008 - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    If I had a choice between Christie and Cuomo, I know I’d choose New Jersey.

    • hannsta - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Just because you can picture yourself chowin on donuts with the guy doesnt mean the state is doin well.

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