The Nets have set up a new website for their $50 million HSS Training Center in Brooklyn's Industry City,. Included on the multi-page site is an introductory video; a photo gallery filled with architects' renderings, shots of construction progress and pics of visitors like Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson; as well as a wealth of background information on the project, the Hospital for Special Surgery and some new sponsors.
The newest renderings include views of the practice area and black-and-white facade that will be visible for miles. The video includes interviews of Irina Pavlova, the ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment president who's shepherded the center from site selection to construction, and Lionel Hollins, who spoke about the value of the center for both current -- and future -- players.
"This facility will never be a deal breaker in the negative," said Hollins, who was interviewed during a media tour of the center in July. "it will always be something we can point to and say, 'This got us over the hump.'" Pavlova said the facility won't just be home to the Nets but the site of community events.
The site already has become one of the first stops on tours for new players and free agents. When Bojan Bogdanovic signed with the Nets, Billy King brought him to 39th street, three miles from Barclays Center and not long after McCullough and RHJ were taken in the draft, they too got a visit.
Nets officials have said that the target date for Opening Night is early February when the team will be away from Brooklyn for both the All-Star Break and their annual "circus trip.," offering an opportunity for players and staff to pack up and move.
The 70,000 square foot facility, one of the NBA's largest, will fill the top two floors of the nine-story Building 19 at 148-168 39th Street between First Avenue and New York Bay. Not only will it include two practice courts, office space for basketball operations personnel, but there will also be an enclosed garage for players cars with dedicated elevators to the top floor and the piece de resistance, a two-story players lounge, the second floor an open-air rooftop area with spectacular views of the harbor and Lower Manhattan.
The idea, says Hollins, is to provide players with a place where they can, at any time of year, spend the day, from morning to nightfall working on their skills, whether on the court or in the weight rooms and pools.