The Nets have finally broken their last ties with the state of New Jersey. The Nets, who played 38 years in the state, continued to practice at their East Rutherford facility even after the move to Brooklyn in 2012. But that ends Tuesday, as Gary Sussman tweeted.
Palace on Murray Hill— Gary Sussman (@susssez) February 9, 2016
That Cal built
Gym has seen the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Jersey Strong! pic.twitter.com/ylIDfkLreW
The practice facility where Jason Kidd asked teammates precisely where wanted the ball, where Vince Carter put on daily dunk displays and where Rod Thorn worked the deals that got the two of them to New Jersey, will become headquarters for the Meadowlands YMCA. The Nets will move to Brooklyn and the $50 million HSS Training Center over the next week.
Before John Calipari demanded that ownership provide him with a training facility, the Nets practiced at a trucking company where players shared showers with truck drivers.
Once state-of-the-art, the facility --known as Champions Center and the PNY Center-- had fallen into disrepair over the years, then was flooded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The team had to practice in the small gym off the main Barclays Center court for several weeks until emergency repairs were complete.
The Nets play Memphis Wednesday at home. For everyone but Bojan Bogdanovic, the Nets players, coaches and basketball operations staff will head out to planned vacations or just some rest over the All-Star Break. Bogdanovic will play in the Rising Stars Challenge, part of All-Star Weekend in Toronto.
Their next practice will take place in Brooklyn on their return from break. The HSS facility opens officially on February 17.