Even in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Nets will play tonight against the Toronto Raptors. Their official team debut was originally meant to be against now in-state rivals New York Knicks, but the game was postponed until November 26 in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Brooklyn's first professional sports team for 55 years, the Nets' recent move from New Jersey has been much anticipated by New Yorkers for months. However, no one expected the East Coast to be hit by a huge hurricane right at the beginning of the NBA season. The team will now call the Barclays Center home, which suffered no damages in the midst of the storm.
The rest of Brooklyn, on the other hand, was not so lucky. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel was flooded soon after the storm hit, and this footage shows complete destruction of waterfront homes. The damage was spread out throughout the city, and while some only lost power for a couple hours, others were made homeless in the wake of the storm.
Fans will rally around hope for a win and a boost of morale tonight, but New Yorkers still need help. You can help out your fellow sports fans by donating to the Relief Fund. Donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.Tags: Barclays Center, Basketball, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Hurricane Sandy, NBA