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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Markowitz: 'Bring on the Manhattan Knicks'

By Ian Begley

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is focused on the cleanup and his constituents in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

But he's also keeping an eye on the status of Thursday's Knicks-Nets game.

And he'd like to see it see it played, so the "Manhattan Knicks" -- as he calls them -- can get a taste of Brooklyn.

"I am confident that the NBA, in conjunction with the MTA, the NYPD and all of the necessary city agencies, will make a decision that represents the best interests not only of sports fans but of all of our citizens in New York City," Markowitz said Tuesday in a statement to ESPNNewYork.com.

The game is in flux because most public transportation was shut down after the storm. The NBA will make a final determination on whether to play the game, which is the first in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

"If the game is played Thursday, I certainly encourage fans to carpool and to take city buses -- which will begin running with limited service at 5 p.m. today," Markowitz said. "I expect that adequate numbers of traffic agents will be employed to move traffic swiftly, as has been the experience with the previous events at the Barclays Center. So bring on the Manhattan Knicks because Brooklyn is in the house."