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As Roof Rises at Barclays, King Tells Writers It's NBA's "Best Building"

Gary Sussman - New Jersey Nets
Gary Sussman - New Jersey Nets

Billy King took the Nets' beat writers on a tour of the Barclays Center construction site Wednesday and the talk was mostly about Brooklyn, not just because league rules prohibit talk of players and prospects, but because, well, they were there.

What they saw was considerably different from what King saw when he took Deron Williams on his tour in April (when D-Will called it a "baller's paradise"). The precast concrete seating sections were installed on the north end of the site. The roof is arching above the court.  Even some railings are in place.  Mikhail Prokhorov's supersuite is starting to look like it will on opening night of the 2012-13 season, 15 months from now.

King said he saw the new arena as a big positive for the franchise and Brooklyn, comparing it to Chicago's United Center and Staples Center in L.A. "We have the best owner, and we’re going to have the best building. We’ll have all the tools. If a guy doesn’t want to play here, he doesn’t want to play in the city".

The group just missed a rally by out-of-work Brooklynites who charged that Bruce Ratner hadn't fulfilled a promise to hire more local workers.