The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Barclays Center, the planned home of the Nets in Brooklyn, is set for Thursday afternoon, dignitaries at the ready. Civic leaders, politicians, corporate types, team officials ... grab a shovel. Smile.
The major business development, the real estate moment, the architecture -- that's one set of storylines. But there will be basketball, too. Not the actual playing of basketball, not until at least 2012-13. Until then, the Nets will be staying in New Jersey with a short move from East Rutherford to Newark.