Sports can be a refuge in times of adversity, such as after a natural disaster. But it makes no sense to play games if spectators -- and players -- can't get there.
With that in mind in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the NBA decided to postpone Thursday's game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at the recommendation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Even though the Wizards were the first team to play the relocated Nets at Barclays Center, their new Brooklyn home, Thursday's game would have been the first regular-season pro sports event in the borough since 1957.
"Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night," NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm."
The Nets practiced in Brooklyn on Wednesday because their New Jersey practice facility was powerless and flooded but couldn't get everyone there. Rookie guard Tyshawn Taylor was stuck at his Hoboken, N.J., apartment building because of flooding in the area. Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire also tweeted a picture of his Land Rover half-submerged.
The Knicks' home opener Friday and the New York Marathon on Sunday are still planned to go on as scheduled.
- Craig Stouffer