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Report: NBA considering cancelling Nets' home opener

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The effects of Hurricane Sandy's path through the East Coast has threatened the Brooklyn Nets season opener against the Knicks, scheduled for Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to the New York Times.

The league was looking at the damage to the New York City borough Tuesday to determine the situation.

"Tonight's games will be played," Tim Frank, the NBA's senior vice president for communications, said in an e-mail to the Times. "We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week."

One of the factors for consideration could be how fast mass transit can be restored. The Nets are also scheduled for home games Saturday (against Toronto) and Monday (against Minnesota).

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he hoped the game would not be canceled.

"I plan to go," he said during a press conference. "It's gonna be tough to get there, because one of the great things about the Barclays Center is the great mass transit that runs under it.

"Unfortunately for the moment, not a lot is running under it. What they're gonna do, I don't know. But if it's scheduled I will go, and I think it's going to be a great arena and it's a great thing for Brooklyn."
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