Byron Scott was coaching the Nets when the possibility of moving to Brooklyn was first proposed in 2003.
Nine years later, it finally happened.
“I’m glad that it finally happened for them,” said Scott, whose Cavaliers will take on the Nets at the $1 billion Barclays Center on Tuesday night. “Other than that, I thought when it was first proposed, I thought they’d have it done a lot sooner, but I’m glad it happened for them.”
Scott coached the Nets from 2000-2004, leading the franchise to its only two NBA Finals appearances (2001-02, 2002-03).
“I was a Nets fan -- until coach Scott left,” joked Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who grew up in West Orange, N.J. and starred at St. Patrick’s (N.J.) High School.
“I’m really looking forward to playing here tonight. From the outside looking in, it’s really nice.”
Asked if it was weird playing the Nets anywhere other than some arena in New Jersey, Scott replied, “It’s different. This is our first trip here, so we’ll see how it goes, but it’s definitely noticeable because it was about an hour-and-a-half bus ride just to get here. That in itself is different. We’ll see how it goes on the floor.”