Stories in both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times note that power forward Thaddeus Young, a Memphis, Tennessee native who recently signed a $50 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets, has become the first team member to move to Brooklyn, and specifically to Brooklyn Heights. Although the Nets became Brooklyn’s team and began playing home games in Barclays Center in 2012, basketball operations and training have remained in New Jersey. A new practice facility is scheduled to open in February in Industry City, on the Sunset Park waterfront. Young said he’s eager to have a shorter commute both to the practice facility and to Barclays Center. According to the WSJ and Times stories, other teammates are considering following Young to Brooklyn.
The WSJ article quotes Young about his new neighborhood:
“I’ve been welcomed to the neighborhood,” said Young, the first Nets player to move to Brooklyn. “I’ve walked the Brooklyn Bridge Park, all the piers. My kids hang out there every day, actually.”
Both stories tell of his frustration trying to drive on Atlantic Avenue the day of the Antic.