Nets set sail for Sunset Park

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NICE VIEW: The rooftop of the planned training center includes a bar and pool with expansive views of New York Harbor, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
BUILDING THE BRAND: A rendering of the spiffed-up exterior of the warehouse where the Nets plan move to their training operation.
RELAXATION STATION: The rooftop hangout area is not the only place to do some lounging.
CHAMBERS SUITE: The planned Nets locker rooms look like something out of Star Trek.
THE HARDWOOD: The facility will include two courts because, after all, the Nets have to squeeze some practice in between all those leisure options.

The Nets will soon abandon their New Jersey training facility for fairer shores.

Brooklyn’s home team is moving into the top floor of a waterfront warehouse in Sunset Park’s Industry City. The ball players will set up shop in the bustling manufacturing center alongside Makerbot’s three-dimensional printing operation and various food-product factories, but instead of assembling gadgets and cooking up salsa, the Nets are going to try to build championships. The squad has spent its first two seasons as Kings County’s own practicing in New Jersey, and no players live in Brooklyn, but it is trying to become a bona fide borough operation.

“We are very excited to be 100 percent Brooklyn-based,” said Irina Pavlova, president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment, owner of the Nets. “Now our arena, training center, and offices will be together in this great borough.”

Construction on the Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center — named for a hospital in Manhattan that treats injured Nets players — will begin this summer, and Pavlova said the team is expected to begin training there in time to prepare for the 2015-2016 basketball season. The Nets joined pols last Wednesday to tout the new facility, boasting that it will provide between 150 and 200 union construction jobs. The facility will provide 60 jobs for full-time Nets employees, including the players, they said.

One government official said that Sunset Park is the place to be these days.

“This really epitomizes what we want to see,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “A lot of people wrote off the entire Brooklyn waterfront, and now it really is one of the coolest parts of the city.”

Plans for the swanky new training center include two side-by-side basketball courts, a training pool, a rooftop lounge, an 18-seat theater, with what Nets corporate types call a “gritty manufactur­ing” aesthetic throughout.

“It’s basically everything you might need for a world-class, professional sports team — or a very nice spa vacation for that matter,” Pavlova said.

The home of the new facility is an active industrial building on 39th Street between First and Second Avenues.

Despite the celebrations of a “100 percent Brooklyn-based” basketball club, questions linger about whether the team’s owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s plans to move the team’s corporate office to Moscow, as he proposed in March. A team spokeswoman declined to comment on that.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Don't be surprised if it will be the taxpayers footing the bill for this.
June 26, 2014, 9:31 pm
sunset parker from sunset park says:
We are thrilled to have the Nets come to our neighborhood to exercise, but why won't the Economic Development Corporation EDC let our kids use our Waterfront Park to exercise? The Nets can exercise here, but our kids can't
June 27, 2014, 9:37 am
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Come on....
June 27, 2014, 10:13 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Tal - I am sure we will foot the bill - no surprise there.. Just silly to put out all this $for a bunch of overgrown teenagers bouncing balls.
June 29, 2014, 12:23 pm

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