5. The Nets Won't Be Living There
"Hello Brooklyn." Yes, it's the title of a Jay-Z track from American Gangster, and there are Nets billboards deploying the phrase all over the area surrounding Barclays, but Brooklyn is only a temporary home to the team, if that. Sure, the players on the Nets will play 44 home games there, including the preseason, but they will continue to practice at their old training facility in East Rutherford, NJ because they're locked into the lease for two more years. This means that players are unlikely to live in the borough for purely practical reasons. Nets point guard Deron Williams is living in SoHo at the moment, and while he told the Times he likes Brooklyn, he noted that Manhattan is right between the Barclays Center and the practice facility. He won't be alone in Manhattan either, as Kris Humphries, Jerry Stackhouse, and Joe Johnson will be living there as well. Stackhouse says that he would "definitely" live in Brooklyn if the team practiced there. C.J. Watson wanted to live in Brooklyn, where he has friends, but elected to live in Edgewater because it's closer to the practice facility. The distance from Brooklyn to the PNY Center in East Rutherford is only about 15 miles, but the traffic could make the drive take over an hour. The team will provide players with hotel accommodations in Brooklyn on game days. A new training center is expected to be built in two years. If it winds up being in Brooklyn, players might call it home.