Barclays Center Rumors
According to one prospect who recently spoke to For The Win, due to COVID-19 restrictions, those not invited to the green room are not allowed to come to the stage and shake the hand of the commissioner as they have been in years past. Regardless of who is actually in the building, however, it is certain to be an exciting and life-changing night for the next generation of NBA talent. Based on conversations I’ve had with scouts around the league, and from reports and tea leaves left in other mock drafts from trusted draftniks, below is how I project the events will unfold at Barclays Center and on ESPN and ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET on July 29.
Barclays Center will host an art show featuring 150 pieces created by Brooklyn middle and high school students, inspired by Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Students created the artwork as part of a Basquiat educational arts program developed in partnership between the Brooklyn Nets, the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and the Fund for Public Schools. The free-admission gallery will be open to the public on Sunday, Aug. 8 and Monday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. and located in the arena’s Geico Atrium. The private opening for the students will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 4-6 p.m. For a look at some of the art that will be featured at Barclays Center, please click HERE.
Omari Sanfoka II: NBA announces that the 2021 NBA Draft will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There will be in-person attendance for fans, and tickets can be purchased on Monday, July 19 at 10 am ET
Shams Charania: The NBA will hold the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Invites for an in-person Green Room are going out now, after a virtual Green Room last year due to the pandemic.
Nets Daily: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Trevor Noah joined a crowd 15,750 last night, 98% vaccinated. That’s a sellout and only 2,000 short of normal NBA capacity at Barclays. Unlike Knicks (who no longer are playing ICYMI), Barclays is selling tickets to unvaccinated who sit in reserved sections.
Then there was the crowd inside Barclays Center, with 14,391 fans in the building, as New York City joined many localities around the country in increasing capacity for the number of fans in attendance. Harden admitted that it threw him off a bit, after spending so much of this season playing in front of sparse crowds — or no fans at all — due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “In that first half, shots just didn’t go in,” Harden said. “Maybe I’m speaking for myself, but the crowd kind of just threw me off a little bit. It was pretty loud in there. The vibe was what we’ve been missing, and it just threw me off a little bit. “That second half, we got more comfortable, and shots started to fall when we needed it to.”