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 different arenas there as the New York City Internet.
New York City Knicks
The team funded that payment by selling Erving's agreement 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 ended up being 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 geographic name to Brooklyn, and began playing in the brand-new Barclays Center, beginning with the 2012–-- 13 NBA season The group's relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn was approved all by the NBA Board of Governors on April 13, 2012.
Boston Celtics were rivals of the Webs during the early 2000s due to the fact that of their respective areas and their burgeoning stars. The Nets were led by Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, while the Celtics were experiencing newfound success behind Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. The rivalry began to heat up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, which was preceded by trash-talking from the Celtics who declared Martin was a fake goon. Things advanced as the series began, and on-court tensions appeared to spill into the stands. Celtic fans scolded Kidd and his household with chants of Better half Beater! in response to Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge. When the series returned to New Jersey, Webs fans reacted, with some displaying indications that check out Will somebody please stab Paul Pierce? describing a night club incident in 2000 in which Pierce was stabbed 11 times. When inquired about the fan barbs being traded, Kenyon Martin specified, Our fans hate them, their fans hate us. Costs 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 indications that the rivalry may be rekindled when a run-in happened on the court, resulting in the ejection of Rajon Rondo Gerald Wallace Kris Humphries. Rondo was suspended for 2 video games in the aftermath, while Wallace and Kevin Garnett The story was reviewed on December 25, when Wallace got Garnett's shorts and the 2 had to be broken up by referees and players alike.
However, the competition appeared substantially cooled down 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 move was billed as a merger of the 2 Atlantic Department Sean Grande said, It's almost as if you discovered a great house for these people. You could not have found a better location. These guys will be in the New York market, they'll be on a competitive team, they'll remain on nationwide TV. It's amusing, because the opponent of my enemy is my good friend. So with Celtics fans feeling the method they do about the Heat, feeling the way they do about the Knicks, the Nets are going to end up being practically the 2nd [Boston] group now. In the 2019 NBA off-season, the Webs signed point player Kyrie Irving. Coming off two seasons with the Celtics, Irving was described as self-centered by lots of critics. This impression triggered many Celtics fans to blame him for the Celtics' inability to get across the playoffs.
Throughout a routine season video game in the 2019–-- 20 season in between the Celtics and Nets, the Celtics' fans displayed their annoyance with Irving by shouting Kyrie draws in TD Garden When the series returned to Brooklyn 2 days later, the Webs' fans chanted Kyrie's better in response to the chants in Boston.
The Kyrie's Better chants recommendation to how the Celtics signed Kemba Walker after Irving left for the Nets.
A rivalry with the Toronto Raptors started in 2004, after Raptors guard/forward Vince Carter was traded to the New Jersey Webs.
However, the two teams did not fulfill in the playoffs till, when the Nets defeated the Raptors in the first round series, 4 games to 2, after a consent shot by Richard Jefferson with 8 seconds left in Video game 6 resulted in a 98–-- 97 triumph.
Seven years later, the groups reunited in the first round, and the series went to seven video games, with a game-winning block by Paul Pierce, giving the Nets the 104–-- 103 triumph.
The series was noted for controversy when Toronto Raptors general supervisor Masai Ujiri made bad remarks towards Brooklyn at a fan rally outside Maple Leaf Square Toronto before Game 1. Ujiri later said sorry at halftime.
The Raptors and Nets dealt with each other in the 2020 NBA playoffs in the preliminary, with Toronto winning the series four games to none.
New Jersey Americans
Upon debuting in the ABA in 1967, the New Jersey Americans wore white and red uniforms. The white uniforms contained red, blue and white stripes, with the team name and numerals in red with blue trim. The red uniforms mirror the striping configurations of the white uniforms while the city name and characters were in blue with white trim.
New York City Nets Relocating To Long Island as the New York City Nets, they kept the original Americans template except for the place and group name. The white uniforms included a script Nets lettering with a tail accent listed below, while the red uniforms featured New York in block letters (similar to the New york city Knicks). For many years, the letters and stripes would sustain a few adjustments.
The Internet changed uniforms upon relocating to Nassau Coliseum. The white uniforms included a thick blue stripe with white stars on the left, along with a red stripe and white summary. The group name is written in red block letters. The blue uniforms, which included New york city in white block letters, mirrored that of the white uniforms.
New Jersey Webs The Internet carried the Stars and Stripes uniform to New Jersey in 1977. The white uniform remained the same but the blue uniform read Nets in front. The blue uniform later on added New Jersey in white block letters inside the red stripe.
Upon moving to the Meadowlands in 1981, the Nets briefly changed their consistent set. The white uniform restored the Webs script from the original New York Internet uniforms, however the color pattern became blue with red trim. The blue uniform included New Jersey stacked together in a comparable script design, and the letters were colored in red with white trim.
The Webs went through a visual rebrand before the 1990–-- 91 season. The white uniform featured a more futuristic Internet script in red with white and blue trim, while including red and blue stripes. At first, the Nets wore white and light blue gradient road uniforms that had a tie-dye impact, but changed to a solid blue uniform after just one season. Both blue uniforms included the very same Nets script in red with blue and white trim along with red and white stripes.
The Webs updated their visual identity prior to the 1997–-- 98 season, going with a deeper red and navy scheme with silver accents. The white uniform, which remained practically the same throughout its history, included 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, used till 2006, initially went with the city name in navy with white and red trim, but reversed the color pattern 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 changed the grey alternate and became the main dark uniform in 2009, featured the group name in white with navy and silver trim. All uniforms featured thick navy stripes with silver-outlined diamonds.
Upon relocating to Brooklyn in 2012, the Internet chose an easy black and white consistent style, with Brooklyn in front of both the white and black uniforms. They also wore 3 different alternate uniforms. A grey-sleeved alternate with Brooklyn in Dodger blue, was initially used in 2013 as a visual recall to the Brooklyn Dodgers. A white-sleeved alternate with the team name in black, included the same Stars and Stripes look from the 1970s. A dark grey sleeveless alternate, suggested to remember the 1980s New Jersey Internet uniforms, included the group 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 undamaged. The white consistent became the Association uniform while the black uniform ended up being the Icon uniform. The Webs have had 2 various versions of the Declaration uniform. The first set, with BKLYN in white, remained in dark grey and included 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 design developed by Eric Haze.
The Webs also utilized a 4th uniform choice: the City uniform. The 2017–-- 18 black City consistent included the full group name spelled in white along 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 tribute to The Well-known B.I.G.
. For 2019–-- 20, the Nets used white versions of the Big deal uniforms, however with Haze-designed BED-STUY graffiti lettering in front (a reference to Bedford–-- Stuyvesant where The Well-known B.I.G. grew up). The 2020–-- 21 City uniform, which honors Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, is predominantly black and includes BKLYN NETS written in Basquiat's design together with multi-colored striping.
Cover to BrooklyKnight # 1, distributed 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 Nets' mascot was an anthropomorphic dragon called Duncan the Dragon.
After the Webs' relocate to Brooklyn, the group introduced a new superhero mascot called BrooklyKnight (a pun on the demonym Brooklynite) on November 3, 2012. In his first appearance, he was reduced from the ceiling of Barclays Center amidst triggers and fanfare and presented by Webs public address commentator David Diamante: Here to protect Brooklyn, he's the BrooklyKnight. The mascot was co-created by Marvel Entertainment, a sibling company 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' 2nd season in Brooklyn, the BrooklyKnight mascot was retired.
On November 3, 2012, the Internet introduced a new team anthem titled Brooklyn: Something To Lean On, composed and recorded by Brooklyn-born artist John Forté The tune is noteworthy 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 passionate mindset towards the Nets. The group was founded in November 2012 by Webs fan and Brooklyn native Udong Bobby Edemeka.
That year the Nets were beginning their very first season since making the shift to the Barclays Center from the Prudential Center (where they had played from 2010 to 2012). Edemeka participated in a couple of early season games of the brand-new Brooklyn group. At the time, the Webs were viewed as an expansion team by the league and fans alike. Edemeka discovered that the team did not have a strong fan base in their new house, and decided to buy tickets for a little group of approximately 20 fans who he observed were routine followers of the group on the SB Country online blog, NetsDaily.
The Brigade at this time was not relegated to Area 114.
Instead, Edemeka would buy tickets in whichever area he could, which typically included nosebleed seats. The Brigade initially did not get much acknowledgment from the Internet. Edemeka consulted with the CEO Irina Pavlova (of the ONEXIM Group), who was fond of the group's antics.
Although Pavlova was a fan of the group, other members of the company were resistant to showing 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 area is nearby to the press cubicle and provided the Brooklyn Brigade direct exposure on a local level and after that eventually on a nationwide level.
Throughout the Eastern Conference semi-finals in 2014, while the Internet battled the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO, Brett Yomark, saw the impact that the Brigade had on the arena, and he started to visit Section 114 distributing Nets' garments. In 2016, the Nets worked with Sean Marks as their basic supervisor, who became an immediate advocate of the group.
During the 2018-2019 season, the Internet reserved 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 mostly 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 transaction, Tsai ended up being NBA Guv of the Internet and its affiliates.
Turner Broadcasting president David Levy was named CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center.
On November 12, the Webs and Barclays Center revealed that David Levy would step down from the CEO position he had presumed less than 2 months in the past. Oliver Weisberg, president of Tsai's holding company J Tsai Sports, assumed an interim CEO role.
The initial owner of the Nets franchise was trucking magnate Arthur J. Brown, who established the team in 1967. The next year, Brown offered the group for $1.1 million to business owner Roy Boe Fee to monetary losses suffered while the group was on Long Island, Boe moved the group back to New Jersey in 1977 and sold the group a year later on to a group of seven regional business owners led by Alan N. Cohen and Joseph Taub, who became known as the Secaucus After a lengthy ownership of the franchise and many not successful efforts to improve the monetary scenario of the group, the Secaucus Seven finally offered the group in 1998 to a group of regional property developers led by Raymond Chambers Lewis Katz who called themselves the Community Youth Organization and wished to move the team to Newark, New Jersey. The next year the group signed an agreement with New York Yankees George Steinbrenner YankeeNets, a holding company that owned the two groups, and later also the New Jersey Devils, and boost utilize in future broadcast contracts by negotiating together. After receiving deals from numerous broadcast partners, including 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 attempts to secure a deal with Newark to construct a brand-new arena in the city. By that moment, tensions between the management of the Yankees, Nets, and the Devils had trigger a rift in between them, and a choice was made to divide the group.
With their plan to move the Nets dead, the Neighborhood Youth Company put the collaborate for sale. After a short bidding process, the group secured a handle 2004 with property designer Bruce Ratner to purchase the team for $300 million, beating a similar offer by Charles Kushner Jon Corzine of New Jersey. Ratner had actually bought the team with the intent of moving it to a brand-new arena in Brooklyn, which was to be a centerpiece of the large-scale Atlantic Yards Jay-Z owned a small minority stake in the Webs from 2003 till 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 registering as a sports agent with his new firm Roc Country Sports, to prevent any potential conflicts of interest.
His shares were ultimately sold to singer, rap artist, actor 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 man according to Forbes, confirmed his intention to become bulk owner of the Internet. Prokhorov sent a deal to the team owners requesting that the controlling shares of the basketball club be offered to his business, Onexim, for a symbolic price. In return, Prokhorov moneyed a loan of $700 million for the building of Barclays Center, and attracted extra funds from Western banks. Prokhorov mentioned that he initiated 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 become the principal owner of the Internet.
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 alternative was worked out in August 2019, with Tsai also buying the Nets' arena, Barclays Center, from Prokhorov for almost $1 billion in a different offer. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale to Tsai on September 18, 2019.