Brooklyn returns to pro sports with Nets opener

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012

But he was serious when talking about the effects of Sandy, which caused devastation around the region. Prokhorov flew to New York on Friday, feeling it was important to be here, and saying the disappointment over not being able to open with the highly anticipated game against the Knicks was "nothing compared to what people have suffered last few days."

"To those who made it out tonight for the game, thank you for the extra effort. And for those who wanted to be but couldn't, and maybe they are listening on the radio or watching on the TV, we really hope to take your mind off of problems for a few hours and really we are very glad you're with us in spirit," Prokhorov said during a pregame press conference.

"I think it's a great credit to this country and to the city that the game will go on in spite of all the problems."

The Dodgers players recalled that owner Walter O'Malley wanted to build a new stadium to replace Ebbets Field right across the street from the site where Barclays Center is on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush, right above the Long Island Rail Road. That never materialized and they ended up moving across the country.

Brooklyn's been waiting for a team of its own ever since.

"I think it's a great day for the community," Prokhorov said.

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