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Knicks-Nets opener postponed due to Hurricane Sandy

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The devastation from Hurricane Sandy that wreaked havoc in the New York City area has forced postponement of the Knicks-Brooklyn Nets regular-season opener Thursday in the new $1 billion Barclays Center.

The NBA has not yet determined a makeup date for the game.

"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 NBA had said Tuesday that the game would be played Thursday. But New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recommended Wednesday that the game be postponed.

"It's a great stadium, it would have been a great game, but the bottom line is there is not a lot of mass transit," Bloomberg said. "Our police have plenty of other things to do.

"I know lots of fans are going to be disappointed and the players are disappointed. You should know the players wanted to play this. But I did talk to the NBA and recommended, asked them to cancel the game. It's all up to me."

The Barclays Center didn't suffer structural damage from the storm. The Nets practiced there Wednesday because their training center in East Rutherford, N.J., was flooded and without power.

The Nets' next scheduled game is Saturday night in the Barclays Center against the Toronto Raptors. With subways out of commission, Bloomberg said he will work with the city to provide extra bus service for that game.

"We're definitely disappointed, but we realize the seriousness of the situation," Nets point guard Deron Williams told ESPN. "A lot of people have lost homes and lost loved ones, so in the grand scheme of things, it's really not that important."

The Knicks'next game will go on as scheduled Friday night against the Miami Heat in Madison Square Garden, Knicks management said.
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