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Brooklyn Nets to unveil practice facility Thursday morning


The big long-term news on Draft Day may not be who the Nets take in the evening's proceedings, but rather the details of the Nets long-delayed practice facility in Industry City, Brooklyn.  Plans for the $45 million practice facility will be unveiled at a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday.

As NetsDaily reported last October, the team will build the facility atop an eight-floor industrial building in Industry City, three miles southeast of Barclays Center with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan across New York Bay.

The building, part of the 16-building Industry City complex off 39th Street in Brooklyn, will house the practice facility and team offices on the top floor of the building and perhaps later, a team store on first floor. To accommodate the needs of the team, the Nets will raise the roof by 15 to 20 feet and the property owners will make significant improvements to the entire building. The building is likely to be ready for the 2015-16 season.

Irina Pavlova, president of ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment, and David Carlock, a member of the Barclays Center board of directors and an arena consultant, researched more than 30 sites before deciding on the Industry City site.

Among those who will be on hand Thursday are Pavlova, Alicia Glen, New York City Deputy Mayor, Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, Billy King, Jason Kidd, Mason Plumlee, and Brett Yormark.

Although the Nets have not revealed the center's name, that is what company has acquired the naming rights, the last three practice facilities to be built by NBA teams all carry the names of health care companies: The Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavaliers facility in Independence, Ohio; the Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, home of the Timberwolves and the Advocate Center, being built for the Bulls next to the United Center in Chicago.