Mayor Bloomberg just announced that the Nets opener tomorrow night against the Knicks has been cancelled. This was absolutely the right decision to make.
The fact is, New York City is a mess right now. Parts of the city are still underwater. The subway isn’t running and even when service is restored tomorrow it won’t be running between Brooklyn and Queens. Power is out in Manhattan below 34th Street and trying to drive anywhere is a bad, bad idea.
Furthermore, some chuckleheads have decided to choose this moment to conduct some looting of local businesses in the outer areas of Brooklyn and Queens. We need to the cops in those neighborhoods and not patrolling around the Barclays Center. If fact, the NBA should do the right thing and cancel the Knicks-Heat game on Friday, the Nets-Toronto game on Saturday and the Knicks-Sixers game on Sunday. I would also recommend they cancel the NYC Marathon on Sunday, but so many people come to New York to participate in it that it wouldn’t be fair.
Sports are a wonderful distraction in times of trouble and I hope we can get back to enjoying them in the NYC area soon. But with so many people affected by this tragedy, we need to focus on getting life back to normal. Cancel the basketball games in this area or move them on the road. They packed 66 games into a NBA season that started on December 25th last year, so rescheduling two or three games shouldn’t be a big deal.