NEW YORK CITY-Arguing that crucial documents had been withheld from the public record, opponents of the Atlantic Yards project filed a motion Thursday asking the New York State Supreme Court to reconsider its March 10 ruling against them. Later on Thursday, the NBA’s board of governors announced it was postponing a vote on Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s purchase of the Nets, who would play their games at the project’s centerpiece arena.

The league’s board was scheduled to vote next week on whether to approve Prokhorov’s deal to buy a controlling interest in the Nets from current owner Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner Cos., but postponed it indefinitely because the state has yet to take possession of all the land it’s seizing under eminent domain. In a statement, Joel Litvin, the NBA’s president of league and basketball operations, says the board will vote on Prokhorov’s purchase of the Nets “once a firm date is set for the State of New York to take full possession of the arena site, which the team expects to occur in the near future.”

A spokeswoman for the Empire State Development Corp. tells that ESDC will have possession of the land “when the remaining occupants have been relocated. We hope to accomplish this within the next month or two.”

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