For the first time since March 8, 2020 – feels like a different lifetime – the Nets will play in front of fans on Tuesday at the Barclays Center.
It won’t be many, with the COVID-19 of 300 being allowed more of a small sprinkler than the pack house in the 19,000-seat area. But Tuesday against the Kings is a start, a baby step back to normalcy.
“I can’t wait. I’m excited, ”said James Harden. Wanted to live in Brooklyn because of fan base. They are incredible. He knows the game of basketball. They are true, true fans.
“Obviously I can’t say the percentage, but it’s obviously not going to be packed. But just to have some excitement in the crowd, some extra energy, it’s obviously going to be exciting for the whole team. So, we can’t wait. It has been a long road trip, a very good road trip, and now we are about to get home and have some fun. “
He will be his first crowd, mage and fan since beating the Bulls before 15,916. It was lower than it was a year ago, but since then both the net and the world seem unfamiliar.
It was the first film for the interim Jackie Vaughn, starring Kenny Atkinson. He played just once more – a win over the Lakers two days later – before COVID-19 forced a postponement of the season.
He has since completed that campaign in the Orlando Bubbles, named Steve Nash coach, and played all home games this season at the vacant Barclays Center. But they will welcome 300 fans for the next three home games.
“We are hardly doing anything here, some with protocols, some with the death toll that is happening with MVID,” he said. This is very unfortunate, and I wish peace and blessings and best wishes to all. “It is a different reality for all of us, so it is taking some time to use it. Inviting some fans back, it works wonderfully for the league. It speaks very well for us in terms of motivation. They are a large part that drives this entire engine.
“We understand the situation that we as NBA players are doing as entertainment in modern society. But we are human at the end of the day and we feel for everyone at home. So if fans get a chance to see us playing, I want to make sure that I make a show for them, and then go out and continue to change the world for the best, I know that other people Want to do it together. So I am excited. “