HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Nets recently played their last game in Jersey. This summer, they’ll pack, cross the Hudson river and move into their shiny billion dollar stadium in Brooklyn, New York.
One New Jersey native who won’t miss the Nets: Governor Chris Christie. In fact, the elected official said ‘good riddance’ when asked about the team leaving.
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O'Neal has real-estate investments in Newark and is also intrigued in one day being a part-owner of the Nets because they now are in Newark. But he would want them to stay there. Shaq had long wondered why it took so long for the club to move to his hometown. Last season, while with Phoenix, he attended a Devils game at Prudential Center and got a grand tour by the owners.
Ratner plans an arena for the New Jersey Nets, who will become the Brooklyn Nets, plus 16 residential and office towers. The arena is to open in 2012.
New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell has called for a government investigation (through the U.S. Treasury department, which monitors sanctions) of Prokhorov's business dealings in Zimbabwe, alleging the NBA's background check on Prokhorov was "disgusting."