A gunman who set off a smoke grenade injured not less than 16 folks, 10 of whom have been shot, on a rush-hour subway train Tuesday morning. And the manhunt for the shooter, snarled visitors and police helicopters overhead all got here simply blocks from the Nets’ coaching facility as they ready for his or her play-in sport towards Cleveland.
“It’s clearly a really tragic morning. We’re devastated for the neighborhood and people straight concerned,” Nets coach Steve Nash stated. “I don’t know all the particulars so I don’t wish to get too far into it. However we’re simply all involved for everybody concerned attempt to put together for the duty at hand one of the best we are able to.”
The suspect began the mayhem round 8:30 a.m. on a Manhattan-bound N prepare on the thirty sixth avenue station.
“They at all times textual content us when there’s visitors and get there little early; however I didn’t know the particular cause till I bought into the constructing,” Kevin Durant stated. “You see the helicopters out entrance, I imply exterior. You simply need all the pieces to work out and determine it out.
“They despatched us a textual content to say there is likely to be some visitors, however I didn’t know why. And then you definitely look by way of your telephone and see stuff. I hate violence. I hate mindless violence and hopefully we are able to work out the small print and get all people to security and get all people the assistance that they want. However it’s a tricky state of affairs proper now.”
With the HSS Coaching Middle only a half-mile away – roughly 5 blocks – plenty of Nets staffers take the subway. All have been accounted for Tuesday morning, and preparations for the Cavs went forward as scheduled, albeit with one thing of a pall attributable to the tragic and ongoing state of affairs across the nook.
“Guys just about heard tales on social media by way of their telephones and hopefully they get this discovered and other people protected. I do know there’s a pair folks shot. It’s simply an unlucky state of affairs and I hope they get it discovered,” Durant stated.
“It’s devastating to listen to about….I don’t know too many particulars, however to listen to the sirens out entrance of the apply facility and see a lot commotion occurring exterior, you hope and pray for one of the best for everyone concerned.”
The Nets safety workforce – led by Fred Galloway – knowledgeable Nash. However with gamers coming from all totally different locations and arriving at totally different instances, cancelling shootaround at that time was impractical.
For instance, Goran Dragic – who has cleared well being and security protocols and is offered to play – was on the facility shiny and early earlier than the incident.
“I heard. I used to be already right here. I didn’t even know the gamers have been speaking about it, about taking pictures within the subways,” Dragic stated. “It’s horrible. I simply hope no person is harm unhealthy and all the pieces goes to be properly.
“I get right here round 9, 8:45. I used to be in my automotive. 5 folks bought shot, one thing like that? So yeah, I’m simply praying for the households that everyone goes to be okay and resolve this factor.
“I used to be simply speaking to (assistant) Jordan Ott the coach and we have been speaking in regards to the state of affairs and he was saying you see that yellow constructing, that’s the place that occurred. So it’s actually shut. It’s type of scary of how shut. And I’ve already been within the subway a pair instances, however now I’ve my doubts.”