The Brooklyn Nets were established in and at first played in Teaneck, New Jersey, as the New Jersey Americans. In its early years, the team led a nomadic existence, relocating to Long Island in 1968 and playing in various arenas there as the New York City Internet.
New York Knicks
The group financed that payment by offering Erving's contract to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Nets went from winning the last ABA title in to having the worst record in the NBA in. The team then returned to New Jersey in 1977 and became the New Jersey Webs. Throughout their time in the state, the Nets played in two successive NBA Finals seasons, led on the court by point player Jason Kidd After playing 35 seasons in New Jersey, the group moved back to the state of New York, changed its geographical name to Brooklyn, and started playing in the brand-new Barclays Center, starting with the 2012–-- 13 NBA season The team's relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn was authorized all by the NBA Board of Governors on April 13, 2012.
Boston Celtics were competitors of the Internet throughout the early 2000s because of their particular locations and their blossoming stars. The Webs were led by Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, while the Celtics were experiencing newly found success behind Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. The rivalry started to warm up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, which was preceded by trash-talking from the Celtics who declared Martin was a fake tough guy. Things progressed as the series started, and on-court stress seemed to spill into the stands. Celtic fans scolded Kidd and his household with chants of Other half Beater! in reaction to Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge. When the series went back to New Jersey, Internet fans responded, with some brandishing indications that read Will somebody please stab Paul Pierce? describing a club occurrence in 2000 in which Pierce was stabbed 11 times. When inquired about the fan barbs being traded, Kenyon Martin mentioned, Our fans hate them, their fans hate us. Bill Walton stated at the time that Nets-Celtics was the start of the next excellent NBA competition throughout the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002. Led by Kidd, the Internet advanced to the NBA Finals, and the following year, swept Boston in the 2003 playoffs.
On November 28, 2012, there were indicators that the rivalry might be rekindled when a run-in happened on the court, leading to the ejection of Rajon Rondo Gerald Wallace Kris Humphries. Rondo was suspended for 2 games in the after-effects, while Wallace and Kevin Garnett The story was revisited on December 25, when Wallace grabbed Garnett's shorts and the 2 had to be separated by referees and gamers alike.
Nevertheless, the rivalry appeared significantly cooled off by the June 2013 blockbuster trade that dealt Celtics stars Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Internet in exchange for Wallace, Humphries and others. This relocation was billed as a merger of the two Atlantic Division Sean Grande stated, It's almost as if you discovered a great home for these guys. You couldn't have actually found a better location. These guys will remain in the New York market, they'll be on a competitive group, they'll stay on national TV. It's amusing, since the opponent of my enemy is my pal. So with Celtics fans feeling the way they do about the Heat, feeling the way they do about the Knicks, the Internet are going to become nearly the 2nd [Boston] group now. In the 2019 NBA off-season, the Internet signed point guard Kyrie Irving. Coming off two seasons with the Celtics, Irving was described as self-centered by lots of critics. This impression triggered lots of Celtics fans to blame him for the Celtics' failure to get through to the playoffs.
During a regular season video game in the 2019–-- 20 season in between the Celtics and Nets, the Celtics' fans displayed their displeasure with Irving by shouting Kyrie draws in TD Garden When the series returned to Brooklyn 2 days later on, the Internet' fans shouted Kyrie's better in reaction to the chants in Boston.
The Kyrie's Better chants referral to how the Celtics signed Kemba Walker after Irving left for the Internet.
A competition with the Toronto Raptors began in 2004, after Raptors guard/forward Vince Carter was traded to the New Jersey Internet.
Nevertheless, the 2 groups did not fulfill in the playoffs until, when the Internet defeated the Raptors in the first round series, 4 video games to 2, after a go-ahead shot by Richard Jefferson with 8 seconds left in Video game 6 resulted in a 98–-- 97 triumph.
Seven years later, the teams reunited in the preliminary, and the series went to seven video games, with a game-winning block by Paul Pierce, providing the Nets the 104–-- 103 success.
The series was noted for controversy when Toronto Raptors basic supervisor Masai Ujiri made bad remarks towards Brooklyn at a fan rally outside Maple Leaf Square Toronto prior to Game 1. Ujiri later on asked forgiveness at halftime.
The Raptors and Nets dealt with each other in the 2020 NBA playoffs in the first round, with Toronto winning the series 4 video games to none.
New Jersey Americans
Upon debuting in the ABA in 1967, the New Jersey Americans used white and red uniforms. The white uniforms contained red, blue and white stripes, with the group name and characters in red with blue trim. The red uniforms mirror the striping setups of the white uniforms while the city name and characters were in blue with white trim.
New York Nets Moving to Long Island as the New York City Internet, they kept the original Americans template other than for the location and group name. The white uniforms included a script Webs lettering with a tail accent listed below, while the red uniforms included New york city in block letters (comparable to the New York Knicks). Throughout the years, the letters and stripes would withstand a few modifications.
The Internet changed uniforms upon relocating to Nassau Coliseum. The white uniforms featured a thick blue stripe with white stars on the left, along with a red stripe and white outline. The team name is written in red block letters. The blue uniforms, which featured New York in white block letters, mirrored that of the white uniforms.
New Jersey Nets The Nets carried the Stars and Stripes uniform to New Jersey in 1977. The white uniform stayed the very same however the blue consistent read Webs in front. The blue uniform later on added New Jersey in white block letters inside the red stripe.
Upon transferring to the Meadowlands in 1981, the Internet briefly altered their consistent set. The white uniform brought back the Nets script from the original New york city Webs uniforms, but the color design ended up being blue with red trim. The blue uniform featured New Jersey stacked together in a comparable script design, and the letters were colored in red with white trim.
The Internet went through a visual rebrand prior to the 1990–-- 91 season. The white uniform included a more futuristic Webs script in red with white and blue trim, while adding red and blue stripes. At first, the Nets used white and light blue gradient road uniforms that had a tie-dye impact, but switched to a solid blue uniform after just one season. Both blue uniforms included the very same Webs script in red with blue and white trim along with red and white stripes.
The Webs upgraded their visual identity prior to the 1997–-- 98 season, choosing a much deeper red and navy plan with silver accents. The white uniform, which stayed practically unchanged throughout its history, featured the group name in navy with silver and red trim. The navy uniform featured the city name in silver with navy and red trim. The dark grey alternate uniform, utilized until 2006, at first went with the city name in navy with white and red trim, but reversed the color design to white with red and navy trim after only two seasons. This uniform was the only one to include the NJ alternate logo design on the neck line. The red alternate uniform, which replaced the grey alternate and ended up being the main dark uniform in 2009, included the group name in white with navy and silver trim. All uniforms featured thick navy stripes with silver-outlined diamonds.
Upon transferring to Brooklyn in 2012, the Nets went with a simple black and white consistent style, with Brooklyn in front of both the white and black uniforms. They likewise wore three various alternate uniforms. A grey-sleeved alternate with Brooklyn in Dodger blue, was initially utilized in 2013 as a visual recall to the Brooklyn Dodgers. A white-sleeved alternate with the group name in black, included the very same Stars and Stripes look from the 1970s. A dark grey sleeveless alternate, implied to recall the 1980s New Jersey Nets uniforms, featured the team name in white and the city name in white composed inside a black stripe.
With the switch from Adidas Nike, the Nets kept most elements of their visual identity intact. The white uniform ended up being the Association uniform while the black uniform became the Icon uniform. The Internet have had 2 different variations of the Declaration uniform. The first set, with BKLYN in white, remained in dark grey and featured the exact same stars and stripes look from the 1970s. The uniform was updated in 2019 to a lighter grey base and black/dark grey stripes, with BKLYN composed in graffiti style developed by Eric Haze.
The Nets also used a fourth uniform alternative: the City uniform. The 2017–-- 18 black City uniform featured the complete team name spelled in white together with grey accents influenced from the Brooklyn Bridge. The following season, it was replaced with a black uniform including stylized Brooklyn camo patterns as a homage to The Well-known B.I.G.
. For 2019–-- 20, the Nets wore white versions of the Biggie uniforms, however with Haze-designed BED-STUY graffiti lettering in front (a referral to Bedford–-- Stuyvesant where The Notorious B.I.G. matured). The 2020–-- 21 City uniform, which honors Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, is primarily black and includes BKLYN NETS written in Basquiat's design together with multi-colored striping.
Cover to BrooklyKnight # 1, dispersed at the Brooklyn Nets house opener. Art by Mike Deodato mascot of the New Jersey Nets was Sly the Silver Fox, who debuted on October 31, 1997 as part of the rebranding of the Webs for the 1997–-- 98 season Prior to that, the Internet' mascot was an anthropomorphic dragon named Duncan the Dragon.
After the Internet' move to Brooklyn, the group presented a brand-new superhero mascot named BrooklyKnight (a pun on the demonym Brooklynite) on November 3, 2012. In his first look, he was decreased from the ceiling of Barclays Center in the middle of triggers and excitement and introduced by Nets public address commentator David Diamante: Here to safeguard Brooklyn, he's the BrooklyKnight. The mascot was co-created by Marvel Entertainment, a sis business to NBA broadcasters ABC ESPN. The character also starred in 32-page comics published by Marvel entitled BrooklyKnight # 1, composed by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Deodato After the Internet' second season in Brooklyn, the BrooklyKnight mascot was retired.
On November 3, 2012, the Internet introduced a new group anthem titled Brooklyn: Something To Lean On, written and taped by Brooklyn-born artist John Forté The tune is notable for its refrain, which includes the Brooklyn chant that has been popular with fans in the Barclays Center.
The Brooklyn Brigade is a group of fans who are understood for their loud chants and enthusiastic mindset towards the Internet. The group was established in November 2012 by Nets fan and Brooklyn native Udong Bobby Edemeka.
That year the Nets were beginning their very first season since making the transition to the Barclays Center from the Prudential Center (where they had actually played from 2010 to 2012). Edemeka participated in a few early season games of the new Brooklyn team. At the time, the Webs were seen as a growth team by the league and fans alike. Edemeka discovered that the team did not have a strong fan base in their new home, and decided to acquire tickets for a little group of roughly 20 fans who he saw were regular fans of the group on the SB Country online blog site, NetsDaily.
The Brigade at this time was not relegated to Section 114.
Rather, Edemeka would buy tickets in whichever section he could, which frequently consisted of nosebleed seats. The Brigade at first did not get much acknowledgment from the Internet. Edemeka consulted with the CEO Irina Pavlova (of the ONEXIM Group), who enjoyed the group's antics.
Although Pavlova was a supporter of the group, other members of the organization were resistant to revealing assistance for the Brigade. During the 2014-2015 NBA season, however, the Brooklyn Webs organization started designating seats to the Brigade in Section 114 of the Barclays Center. This section is surrounding to journalism cubicle and offered the Brooklyn Brigade exposure on a local level and then ultimately on a nationwide level.
During the Eastern Conference semi-finals in 2014, while the Internet battled the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO, Brett Yomark, saw the result that the Brigade had on the arena, and he started to visit Area 114 distributing Webs' garments. In 2016, the Webs employed Sean Marks as their basic supervisor, who became an instant fan of the group.
Throughout the 2018-2019 season, the Webs scheduled section 114 for passionate fans, and called it The BK Block. Although the Brigade is an independent fan group of the Internet, The Block makes up primarily Brigade members.
Joseph Tsai, the executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, finished the acquisition of full ownership of the Brooklyn Nets. With the closing of the deal, Tsai ended up being NBA Governor of the Internet and its affiliates.
Turner Broadcasting president David Levy was named CEO of the Webs and Barclays Center.
On November 12, the Internet and Barclays Center announced that David Levy would step down from the CEO position he had actually presumed less than two months in the past. Oliver Weisberg, president of Tsai's holding company J Tsai Sports, presumed an interim CEO function.
The initial owner of the Webs franchise was trucking mogul Arthur J. Brown, who established the team in 1967. The next year, Brown sold the team for $1.1 million to entrepreneur Roy Boe Fee to monetary losses suffered while the group was on Long Island, Boe moved the team back to New Jersey in 1977 and offered the group a year later to a group of seven local entrepreneurs led by Alan N. Cohen and Joseph Taub, who became referred to as the Secaucus After a prolonged ownership of the franchise and many unsuccessful attempts to enhance the monetary scenario of the group, the Secaucus 7 finally offered the group in 1998 to a group of local property developers led by Raymond Chambers Lewis Katz who called themselves the Community Youth Organization and wished to move the group to Newark, New Jersey. The next year the group signed a contract with New york city Yankees George Steinbrenner YankeeNets, a holding business that owned the 2 groups, and later likewise the New Jersey Devils, and increase utilize in future broadcast contracts by working out together. After receiving deals from numerous broadcast partners, consisting of Cablevision, which held their rights at that time, YankeeNets chose to introduce its own regional sports television called the YES Network YankeeNets stopped working in its efforts to secure a deal with Newark to construct a new arena in the city. By that moment, tensions between the management of the Yankees, Nets, and the Devils had cause a rift between them, and a decision was made to split the group.
With their strategy to move the Nets dead, the Community Youth Organization positioned the collaborate for sale. After a short bidding process, the group secured a handle 2004 with realty developer Bruce Ratner to buy the team for $300 million, beating a comparable offer by Charles Kushner Jon Corzine of New Jersey. Ratner had purchased the team with the intent of moving it to a new arena in Brooklyn, which was to be a focal point of the large-scale Atlantic Yards Jay-Z owned a small minority stake in the Webs from 2003 until 2013. Jay-Z was a leader in the marketing for the team and assisted motivate their move from New Jersey to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in which he also held a stake. He relinquished his stake after signing up as a sports agent with his brand-new firm Roc Country Sports, to prevent any potential disputes of interest.
His shares were eventually sold to singer, rap artist, star and entrepreneur Will Pan, making Pan the first American of Taiwanese descent to own a U.S. professional sports franchise.
Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third-richest male according to Forbes, validated his intent to end up being majority owner of the Nets. Prokhorov sent an offer to the group owners requesting that the managing shares of the basketball club be offered to his business, Onexim, for a symbolic cost. In return, Prokhorov moneyed a loan of $700 million for the construction of Barclays Center, and brought in extra funds from Western banks. Prokhorov specified that he started the deal to assist press Russian basketball to a new level of development.
On May 11, 2010, following approval from the other owners of NBA groups, Prokhorov had actually ended up being the principal owner of the Nets.
In late 2017, Prokhorov consented to sell a 49% stake in the team to Joseph Tsai, with an alternative for Tsai to end up being the bulk owner.
The choice was exercised in August 2019, with Tsai also buying the Internet' arena, Barclays Center, from Prokhorov for nearly $1 billion in a different deal. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously authorized the sale to Tsai on September 18, 2019.