NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets remained silent ahead of their warm-up game against Cleveland and said they are donating $50,000 to help those injured after at least 10 people were shot dead on a subway train Tuesday.
The shooting took place at a station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is closest to the Nets’ training center where they held their morning shooting Tuesday.
“This is the subway stop for our practice facility and office,” said Nets coach Steve Nash before the game. “My kids don’t go to school that far, so it hits you and you feel for everyone that’s been affected and you realize that we have a lot to do as a society and community and you feel for everyone in our affected community.”
The donation from the Nets and the New York Liberty Foundation was announced just before the minute’s silence. The Nets thanked the first responders and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
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Earlier in the day, the Nets urged fans to get to the game early and were told to expect an increased security presence at the arena. Members of the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit were stationed at the top of the steps outside the tube station across from the plaza from Barclays Center.
Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff said the team’s thoughts were with those who were on their way to work or school when the shooting began.
“So that’s primarily to keep those people on our minds and whatever we can do to help there, to help there,” he said. “And then we’re going to play a basketball game, and if it’s an extra 15 minutes into the journey or you have to check your purse at the door, like, be it because people have been affected in a much bigger way than we’ve ever been.” will be.
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