That Porzingis Deal (February 1, 2019)

Trade Breakdown

New York Knicks – Receive Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, two future first-round draft picks[i], and $68 million worth of salary cap space.

Dallas Mavericks – Receive Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and a $12.9 million trade exception.

Ray Spalding is waved to create a roster spot. Continue reading “That Porzingis Deal (February 1, 2019)”

Review: Indiana Pacers @ Brooklyn Nets (February 3, 2016)

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Clockwise: The Atlantic Av-Barclays Center subway station | It rained all day today. | It’s Game Time at the Barclays Center | The Concourse. Breathtaking! | Photo opportunity with Jason Kidd’s retired jersey. My Paisanos Burger dinner. Due to safety concerns, the concessioner didn’t provide me with the bottle cap of my drink. No doubt the result of the 2004 brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

New York – With the last leg of my US trip coming to a close, I felt that I had gone out and done practically everything that I had set out to do with the exception of catching an NBA game. While in California the week before, I had hoped to see the Warriors in Oracle Arena[i]. But as luck would have it, Golden State was in the middle of back-to-back games in Philadelphia (January 30) and New York (January 31).

I missed them by—placing my index finger ever closer to my thumb—this much as I only flew to New York the following evening. So my options now were either seeing the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden (February 2) or visit the spanking new home of the Brooklyn Nets: The Barclays Center (February 3).

It was an easy choice. The Nets. As I had never been to Barclays before[ii].

Game Day

Following the concierge’s instructions to the letter, I took the suggested two trains and found myself in the Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center stop—right below the Barclays Center. I was prepared for my trip up to that point, but what I didn’t expect was the proximity of Barclays to the subway’s entrance. Now, I knew it was nearby. But I didn’t expect it to be that near! By my estimation, it was only a few feet away from the subway! Continue reading “Review: Indiana Pacers @ Brooklyn Nets (February 3, 2016)”