"Today is a great day for Brooklyn It's been one decade, 10 years, since I started discussing this with Marty. It's taken 10 years, but they are officially the Brooklyn Nets," said Ratner, who faced both legal and political resistance to the building of the arena and the relocation of the team he bought in 2004. "Ladies and gentleman, the curse of O'Malley is officially over today."
"He got offers to move the team out of state _ good offers _ but Charles wouldn't do that," Ratner said. "Charles is the real hero here today."