Shaq Wants to Bring the Nets to Newark

Steve Politi opines for the Star Ledger on the possibility of whether the Nets might ever come to Newark.
While idle speculation has been free-flowing since construction of the Prudential Center was completed, the prospect has caught the attention of real-estate developer and NBA phenomenon Shaquille O’Neal: Shaquille O’Neal may be the man to bring New Jersey Nets to the Prudential Center.

Why the Nets insist on moving forward on what seems to be a doomed project, abhored by fans and Brooklyn residents escapes all logic. Hopefully, Shaq can bring some much needed sanity and influence into the deal and convince the Nets to stay in their home state.

The question nags at Shaquille O’Neal every time he visits his home city now, the same way it should nag at every basketball fan in this state. He sees the gleaming Prudential Center in the heart of a community that loves his sport, then shakes his head in wonder and frustration.

“Why,” he wants to know, “aren’t the Nets playing in Newark?”

On this topic, like everyone else, Shaq is stumped. The Nets should be playing in Newark, and not just for a few lousy preseason games as the team is proposing. And the 7-footer could be a major force in making them — to borrow his favorite Scrabble word — a Shaqtastic success.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

1 thought on “Shaq Wants to Bring the Nets to Newark”

  1. Why aren’t the Nets in Newark? I keep repeating the same question to myself. Unlike Brooklyn, Newark seems to have everything the Nets are looking for, including a brand new arena and dedicated fan base. Why go to New York City, and compete with a strong Knicks’ fan base, when you can instead remain in the comforts of your home state? And I’m sure the Devils wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of sharing an arena with the Nets again. A shared arena would attract more fans to the Prudential Center, which can only have positive results for each sports franchise. Hopefully the Nets will snap out of their delusion and realize the untapped potential sitting right in front of them in Newark.

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