Barclays Center Rumors
A young Moses Brown had a poster of Jason Kidd, was around as Barclays Center was under construction and had a seat in the stands during some of the arena’s early game days. Brown, 23, could come full circle Sunday by making his Nets debut against the visiting Nuggets in the now 10-year-old arena. “I’ve been on a lot of teams all over the country, and it’s just cool to be home,” Brown, a New York City product, said after practice Saturday. “Every time we would drive throughout Brooklyn, I would watch the Barclays Center’s progress every year. That was the new team. I remember, growing up, just liking the colors, the uniforms, everything.”
James Harden on leaving Nets: 'Now, fast-forward to date, I don't look like the crazy one'
James Harden acknowledged Saturday that his brief tenure with the Brooklyn Nets was “frustrating” and that he “left for a reason,” after playing for the first time in Barclays Center since he pushed for a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers just prior to the February 2022 trade deadline. After a week in which the Nets traded both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Harden didn’t seem surprised that the organization was forced to press the button on another rebuild while noting that he no longer looks like “the crazy one” for leaving. When asked whether he could have imagined a scenario in which both Durant and Irving were gone by the time he played his first game against the Nets, Harden responded: “Yeah.”
Erik Slater: James Harden gets booed in his return to the Barclays Center. pic.twitter.com/p5j3GFCY8t
Marc J. Spears: Business of the NBA is crazy. Just last night Mikal Bridges was having a great time joking in the visiting locker room at Barclays Center with Suns teammates Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Cam Johnson after beating the Nets. Now the next locker room Bridges will enter is the Nets’ as a player.
The abrupt switch, at a high-profile venue in one of the biggest markets in the world, is head-spinning news in the lucrative ticketing business, where Ticketmaster’s dominance has long been a matter of debate and scrutiny.