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Entry from June 20, 2012
Ballers’ Paradise (Barclays Center nickname)

The New Jersey Nets planned to move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, when the team would become the Brooklyn Nets. Nets point guard Deron Williams was shown the under construction Barclays Center site in April 2011. Williams wrote on his Facebook page, “This place will be a ballers’ paradise.”

The “ballers’ paradise” nickname has appeared in several articles about the Barclays Center.


Wikipedia: Barclays Center
The Barclays Center is a sports arena currently under construction in Brooklyn, New York. The arena is being built partly on a platform over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-owned Vanderbilt Yards at Atlantic Avenue. It is part of a proposed $4.9 billion sports arena, business and residential complex. The arena will serve as a new home for the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets, who previously played in Newark, New Jersey. The team will start playing in the arena in the 2012–13 season.

Yahoo! Sports
Fri Apr 29 2011 10:45am EDT
Deron Williams: Brooklyn Nets arena a ‘ballers’ paradise’
By Kelly Dwyer
Deron Williams is under contract to play for the New Jersey Nets through the 2011-12 season. Beyond that, salary cap-willing, he could go anywhere to play as a free agent. Of course, because the salary cap probably won’t be willing, Williams’ best financial option will probably be to stay with the Nets. And that’s a good thing, possibly, because he totally thinks the Nets’ new arena in Brooklyn is a “baller’s paradise.”

Which is a strange thing to say, but D-Will did just post that to his Facebook account: ...

New York (NY) Times
Nets Invite Their Rental to Stay for Their Move
By JONATHAN ABRAMS
Published: April 30, 2011
The Nets are again idle in the postseason. But there are growing indications that they are actively pursuing plans to turn Deron Williams from an expensive rental into a franchise cornerstone before their move to Brooklyn.

On Thursday, Williams toured the construction site of their future home with Billy King, the team’s general manager. Williams’s interest in the Barclays Center site is significant. He can become a free agent after next season; the arena is scheduled to open for the 2012-13 season.
(...)
After the visit, a picture of Williams and King clad in construction hats appeared on Williams’s Facebook page with the message, “This place will be a ballers’ paradise.”

NetsDaily
Inside Brooklyn’s “Ballers’ Paradise”
by Net Income on May 17, 2012 6:12 PM EDT in Brooklyn
Long-time NetsDaily member Elone got inside Barclays Center Thursday to take a look at his seats for the 2012-13 season. While there, he took some pictures that give the best view yet of what’s going on inside, six months to the day from the Brooklyn Nets first preseason game at the arena.

NetsDaily
D-Will Visits Barclays Again?
by Net Income on Jun 20, 2012 10:58 PM EDT
Wednesday night, Amy Williams, Mrs. Deron, posted an image taken of her husband at Barclays Center ... seemingly taken earlier Wednesday ... 10 days before he becomes a free agent.
(...)
Williams last visit to the arena was in April when Billy King convinced him to visit Brooklyn along with Jordan Farmar. In his first visit in April 2011, before the roof was up, he called it a “ballers paradise.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • (0) Comments • Wednesday, June 20, 2012 • Permalink