Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
Barclays Center sneak peek on tap for Sunday
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Nets won't play their first true game in their sparking new $1 billion home for nine more days, when they host the John Wall-less Wizards in preseason action.
But they're about to get their second peek at the Barclays Center in a matter of a week.
The Nets, who conducted media day at their new arena on Monday, are set to hold a practice there on Sunday, hours before the Harlem Globetrotters take the floor. They won't exactly be hooping it up on their court with the distinctive herringbone pattern, given they'll be using the Brooklyn Hoops court that will be utilized for all non-Nets basketball events.
Nevertheless, they'll be in the house and Avery Johnson thinks there's some significance to it.
"It's important," he said after Saturday's practice at the PNY Center. "Now, we're not going to be on our court, but it's important for us to start going to that building, players to start going into their locker room. We're still working out some video issues in the building. It's important for us to get in the building, get a feel for it, try to see if we can get it to feel like home.
"Then we'll have another open practice there [later this month], and then maybe during the week of the [Nov. 1] opening game, we may have an opportunity to practice there. We're still working some stuff out there. It's important for us to get in that building. That's why we're going to have shootarounds there."
That's because Johnson wants them to get acclimated to things as quickly as possible.
"We need those three preseason games in the building, get used to the crowd, get used to going to the game," he said. "We've got to figure out whether some guys are going to spend the afternoons in a hotel."