Saturday, January 22, 2011
Last word on dead Melo-Nets trade comes from ex-Net Kidd
By Chris Sheridan
NEWARK, N.J. -- Jason Kidd got his first look Saturday at the temporary home of his former team, and he couldn't help but wonder how long the building with a picture of Martin Brodeur on the side will remain the temporary home of the New Jersey Nets.
After all, Kidd was with the Nets back when they were talking about making their move to Brooklyn by 2007.
Now, four and a half years later, the new arena in Brooklyn is no more than a jumble of construction equipment, steel beams and poured concrete, still a long way from completion -- although the Nets insist it'll be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season.
In the meantime, the Nets are toiling in a building so cold that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle took one look at the industrial strength propane space heaters in the hallway outside the visitors locker room at the Prudential Center and said "Look, the back of the Batmobile."
"Unless it’s built, you can’t believe it. That’s just the nature of the beast," Kidd said. "They’re saying it takes two years. Well, I heard the same thing when I was here. I don’t know how long I’ve been gone (35 months), but you can see how long it takes for things to be built. And if it’s not built, they’re gonna be playing here. I don’t know if Newark is an attraction for a star player."