Wow, the Nets have lost the mayor. Rich Calder of the Post, who covers City Hall, was with New York’s mayor, Bill DeBlasio at a Town Hall in Queens when a man in a Nets jacket rose to ask a question...
Wow! @NYCMayor de Blasio, who backed Atlantic Yards, tells man wearing @BrooklynNets jacket at Queens town hall meeting: "I'm from Brooklyn too, but this Brooklyn Nets idea has not been working out as it was planned, so I admire you for sticking with them." pic.twitter.com/QgHSbWsKbL— Rich Calder (@Rich_Calder) December 6, 2017
Yeah, that’s an unsolicited diss. Damning by faint praise.
DeBlasio has a home in Brooklyn, but he was born in Manhattan and raised in Cambridge, Mass. where he became a Red Sox fan. Celtics too, maybe? Still, a decade ago, as a city councilman from Brooklyn’s brownstone belt, the future mayor supported the Nets and Atlantic Yards, winning him a lot of criticism from community opponents.
But as the night wore on at the Queens event, Calder reports that the Mayor added insult to injury.
The Mayor just won re-election to another four-year term. So he’s safe. Perhaps by the time he’s ready to hand over Gracie Mansion to his successor, the Nets rebuild will have produced results the mayor can embrace.
The Nets ultimately responded, with respect.
Hello, @NYCMayor. From one Brooklynite to another, you should know that we always have each other’s backs. Like all of NYC, we're always grinding to get better. If you want to see some real grit, our doors are always open.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 6, 2017
And the mayor’s spokesman tried to bring peace by saying the mayor may show up at a game soon.
- Nets call out ‘Brooklynite’ de Blasio for unnecessary diss - Chris Perez & Rich Calder - New York Post