Even the NBA and its players and fans couldn’t avoid the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The hurricane caused the NBA to postpone the season opener for the Brooklyn Nets, formally known as the New Jersey Nets.
This is the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn and the damage of the hurricane caused the delay of their grand opening.
According to ESPN, the main reason for the postponement of the game was because there was very little transportation available to fans.
According to ESPN, Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark expressed sympathy for those affected by this tragedy.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. We know these are trying times for you and our hearts are with you,” Yormark said.
While the Nets delayed the start of their season, the New York Knicks decided it would help with the recovery process if the Knicks played their home opener anyway, which was scheduled for Nov. 2 against the Miami Heat.
According to ESPN, Lebron James, the Miami Heat guard and reigning MVP, said, “I hope all the families that either lost loved ones or their houses have been destroyed or whatever the case may be, our prayers go out to them.”
According to ESPN, Tyson Chandler, the center for the Knicks, said he hoped the game could help focus fans’ thoughts on basketball and less on the hurricane.
“The moment we walked out and we saw the fans in the arena, we understood that we had an opportunity to shed some light and give them a smile,” Chandler said.