MEXICO CITY — Mayor de Blasio might not assume the Nets are understanding in Brooklyn, however NBA commissioner Adam Silver begs to vary.
When The Publish requested Silver, available Thursday night time for the primary of the Nets’ two video games at Area Ciudad de Mexico, concerning the shade being thrown on the staff by the New York Metropolis mayor, he defended each the influence they’ve had on the world round Barclays Middle and the course they’re headed in climbing out of their current malaise.
“I consider the Brooklyn Nets have exceeded all expectations when it comes to the transfer from Secaucus to Brooklyn,” Silver stated. “The event surrounding the world across the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn is unbelievable when it comes to eating places and business enterprise and the residential (improvement).”
Granted, the Nets are simply 10-14 after Thursday’s one hundred-ninety five win over the Thunder they usually have been a mixed forty one-123 over the prior two seasons. However Silver, whereas acknowledging Nets proprietor Mikhail Prokhorov’s overzealous gaffes and former common supervisor Billy King’s ailing-fated cope with Boston for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, sounded bullish on the franchise’s future.
“When it comes to the workforce, they’re on their method,” Silver stated. “The present house owners would be the first to confess they made some rookie errors of their early days of proudly owning the group. They in essence went for it, making an attempt to take a brief reduce when it comes to making an attempt to construct a championship staff. It didn’t work out.
“However I’ve monumental confidence in Sean Marks as common supervisor, coach Kenny Atkinson. I feel the followers right here will see a younger hungry group that’s properly-coached and needs to realize. As a New Yorker and because the commissioner of the NBA, I couldn’t be happier with what’s occurring with the Nets.”
Atkinson, requested about de Blasio’s feedback, didn’t dare wade into these waters.
“I undoubtedly need to avoid that one,” Atkinson stated. “I’ve no remark. I simply don’t need to remark.”