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, moving to Long Island in 1968 and playing in various arenas there as the New York Nets.
New York Knicks
The group financed that payment by offering Erving's contract to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Internet went from winning the last ABA title in to having the worst record in the NBA in. The group then returned to New Jersey in 1977 and ended up being the New Jersey Nets. Throughout their time in the state, the Nets played in 2 consecutive 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, altered its geographic name to Brooklyn, and started 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 Internet throughout the early 2000s since of their particular areas and their blossoming 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 competition started to heat up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, which was preceded by trash-talking from the Celtics who declared Martin was a fake ruffian. Things progressed as the series began, and on-court stress seemed to spill into the stands. Celtic fans berated Kidd and his family with chants of Spouse Beater! in response to Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge. When the series went back to New Jersey, Nets fans responded, with some brandishing signs that read Will someone please stab Paul Pierce? describing a night club incident in 2000 in which Pierce was stabbed 11 times. When asked 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 rivalry during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002. Led by Kidd, the Internet advanced to the NBA Finals, and the list below year, swept Boston in the 2003 playoffs.
On November 28, 2012, there were signs that the competition might be rekindled when an altercation took place on the court, leading to the ejection of Rajon Rondo Gerald Wallace Kris Humphries. Rondo was suspended for two video games in the consequences, while Wallace and Kevin Garnett The story was revisited on December 25, when Wallace got Garnett's shorts and the 2 needed to be broken up by referees and players alike.
However, the rivalry appeared significantly cooled off by the June 2013 hit 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 2 Atlantic Division Sean Grande said, It's practically as if you discovered an excellent home for these men. You could not have actually found a better place. These people will be in the New york city market, they'll be on a competitive team, they'll stay on nationwide TV. It's funny, because the opponent of my enemy is my buddy. So with Celtics fans feeling the way they do about the Heat, feeling the method they do about the Knicks, the Webs are going to become practically the second [Boston] team now. In the 2019 NBA off-season, the Internet signed point guard Kyrie Irving. Coming off two seasons with the Celtics, Irving was referred to as self-centered by numerous critics. This impression caused many Celtics fans to blame him for the Celtics' failure to get across the playoffs.
During a routine season video game in the 2019–-- 20 season between the Celtics and Nets, the Celtics' fans displayed their annoyance with Irving by chanting Kyrie sucks in TD Garden When the series returned to Brooklyn 2 days later, the Nets' fans shouted Kyrie's much 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 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 meet in the playoffs until, when the Internet beat the Raptors in the first round series, 4 games to 2, after a go-ahead shot by Richard Jefferson with 8 seconds left in Game 6 caused a 98–-- 97 victory.
7 years later on, the groups met again in the preliminary, and the series went to 7 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 manager Masai Ujiri made derogatory remarks towards Brooklyn at a fan rally outside Maple Leaf Square Toronto prior to Video 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 4 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 consisted of 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 remained in blue with white trim.
New York City Nets Transferring To Long Island as the New York Webs, they kept the original Americans template other than for the location and team name. The white uniforms featured a script Webs lettering with a tail accent listed below, while the red uniforms included New York in block letters (comparable to the New York Knicks). Over the years, the letters and stripes would withstand a few modifications.
The Internet changed uniforms upon transferring to Nassau Coliseum. The white uniforms included a thick blue stripe with white stars left wing, along with a red stripe and white overview. The group name is composed in red block letters. The blue uniforms, which included New York in white block letters, mirrored that of the white uniforms.
New Jersey Webs The Nets carried the Stars and Stripes uniform to New Jersey in 1977. The white uniform remained the very same but the blue consistent read Internet in front. The blue uniform later on included New Jersey in white block letters inside the red stripe.
Upon relocating to the Meadowlands in 1981, the Webs briefly altered their uniform set. The white uniform restored the Nets script from the original New york city Webs uniforms, however the color scheme became blue with red trim. The blue uniform included New Jersey stacked together in a similar script design, and the letters were colored in red with white trim.
The Webs underwent a visual rebrand prior to the 1990–-- 91 season. The white uniform featured a more futuristic Webs script in red with white and blue trim, while including red and blue stripes. Initially, the Nets used white and light blue gradient road uniforms that had a tie-dye result, but switched to a solid blue uniform after just one season. Both blue uniforms featured the very same Webs script in red with blue and white trim in addition to red and white stripes.
The Internet updated their visual identity prior to the 1997–-- 98 season, choosing a deeper red and navy scheme with silver accents. The white uniform, which stayed virtually the same throughout its history, included the group name in navy with silver and red trim. The navy uniform included the city name in silver with navy and red trim. The dark grey alternate uniform, utilized till 2006, initially opted for 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 feature the NJ alternate logo design on the neck line. The red alternate uniform, which replaced the grey alternate and became the main dark uniform in 2009, featured the team 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 Webs went with a basic black and white uniform design, 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 used in 2013 as a visual recall to the Brooklyn Dodgers. A white-sleeved alternate with the group name in black, included the same Stars and Stripes look from the 1970s. A dark grey sleeveless alternate, implied to recall the 1980s New Jersey Internet uniforms, included 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 undamaged. The white uniform ended up being the Association uniform while the black uniform ended up being the Icon uniform. The Internet have actually had 2 different variations of the Declaration uniform. The very first set, with BKLYN in white, was in dark grey and featured the same stars and stripes look from the 1970s. The uniform was upgraded in 2019 to a lighter grey base and black/dark grey stripes, with BKLYN written in graffiti style created by Eric Haze.
The Internet likewise employed a fourth uniform option: the City uniform. The 2017–-- 18 black City uniform 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 elegant Brooklyn camouflage patterns as a homage to The Well-known B.I.G.
. For 2019–-- 20, the Nets used white versions of the Big deal uniforms, but with Haze-designed BED-STUY graffiti lettering in front (a reference to Bedford–-- Stuyvesant where The Infamous 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 composed in Basquiat's style 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 Internet' mascot was an anthropomorphic dragon called Duncan the Dragon.
After the Webs' move to Brooklyn, the team presented a new superhero mascot named BrooklyKnight (a pun on the demonym Brooklynite) on November 3, 2012. In his first look, he was lowered from the ceiling of Barclays Center amid stimulates and excitement and introduced by Nets public address commentator David Diamante: Here to protect Brooklyn, he's the BrooklyKnight. The mascot was co-created by Marvel Home entertainment, a sibling company to NBA broadcasters ABC ESPN. The character likewise starred in 32-page comics published by Marvel entitled BrooklyKnight # 1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Deodato After the Nets' 2nd season in Brooklyn, the BrooklyKnight mascot was retired.
On November 3, 2012, the Webs presented a new group anthem entitled Brooklyn: Something To Lean On, written and recorded by Brooklyn-born artist John Forté The song is noteworthy for its refrain, which features 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 Webs. The group was established in November 2012 by Nets fan and Brooklyn native Udong Bobby Edemeka.
That year the Nets were starting their very first season considering that 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 video games of the brand-new Brooklyn team. At the time, the Nets were viewed as an expansion team by the league and fans alike. Edemeka observed that the team lacked a solid fan base in their brand-new home, and decided to purchase tickets for a small group of approximately 20 fans who he noticed were regular followers of the team on the SB Nation online blog, NetsDaily.
The Brigade at this time was not relegated to Area 114.
Rather, Edemeka would acquire tickets in whichever area he could, which frequently included nosebleed seats. The Brigade initially did not get much recognition from the Nets. Edemeka met the CEO Irina Pavlova (of the ONEXIM Group), who loved the group's antics.
Although Pavlova was a fan of the group, other members of the organization were resistant to showing support for the Brigade. Throughout the 2014-2015 NBA season, however, the Brooklyn Nets company started assigning seats to the Brigade in Area 114 of the Barclays Center. This area is adjacent to journalism booth and offered the Brooklyn Brigade direct exposure on a local level and then eventually on a nationwide level.
During the Eastern Conference semi-finals in 2014, while the Nets fought 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 go to Area 114 distributing Webs' clothing. In 2016, the Nets employed Sean Marks as their general manager, who became an immediate supporter 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 Webs, The Block consists of primarily Brigade members.
Joseph Tsai, the executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, completed the acquisition of complete ownership of the Brooklyn Nets. With the closing of the deal, Tsai became NBA Governor of the Nets and its affiliates.
Turner Broadcasting president David Levy was called CEO of the Internet and Barclays Center.
On November 12, the Webs and Barclays Center announced that David Levy would step down from the CEO position he had actually presumed less than 2 months before. Oliver Weisberg, president of Tsai's holding business J Tsai Sports, assumed an interim CEO function.
The original owner of the Internet franchise was trucking tycoon Arthur J. Brown, who established the team in 1967. The next year, Brown sold the team for $1.1 million to entrepreneur Roy Boe Charge 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 7 regional entrepreneurs led by Alan N. Cohen and Joseph Taub, who ended up being referred to as the Secaucus After a prolonged ownership of the franchise and numerous unsuccessful attempts to improve the financial scenario of the group, the Secaucus Seven finally sold the team in 1998 to a group of regional property developers led by Raymond Chambers Lewis Katz who called themselves the Neighborhood Youth Company and wished to move the group to Newark, New Jersey. The next year the group signed a contract with New York Yankees George Steinbrenner YankeeNets, a holding business that owned the 2 groups, and later on likewise the New Jersey Devils, and increase take advantage of in future broadcast contracts by working out together. After getting deals from several broadcast partners, including Cablevision, which held their rights at that time, YankeeNets chose to release its own local sports television called the YES Network YankeeNets stopped working in its attempts to protect a handle Newark to build a new arena in the city. By that point in time, stress in between the management of the Yankees, Nets, and the Devils had cause a rift between them, and a decision was made to divide the group.
With their strategy to move the Nets dead, the Neighborhood Youth Company put the collaborate for sale. After a short bidding process, the group protected a deal in 2004 with real estate designer Bruce Ratner to buy the team for $300 million, beating a similar deal by Charles Kushner Jon Corzine of New Jersey. Ratner had actually purchased the group with the intent of moving it to a brand-new arena in Brooklyn, which was to be a focal point of the massive Atlantic Yards Jay-Z owned a little minority stake in the Nets from 2003 till 2013. Jay-Z was a leader in the marketing for the group 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 representative with his brand-new company Roc Nation Sports, to avert any possible disputes of interest.
His shares were ultimately sold to vocalist, rapper, star and business owner 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 objective to end up being majority owner of the Webs. Prokhorov sent out an offer to the group owners requesting that the managing shares of the basketball club be sold to his company, Onexim, for a symbolic price. In return, Prokhorov funded a loan of $700 million for the building of Barclays Center, and brought in extra funds from Western banks. Prokhorov mentioned that he started the deal to help push Russian basketball to a brand-new level of advancement.
On Might 11, 2010, following approval from the other owners of NBA teams, Prokhorov had become the principal owner of the Webs.
In late 2017, Prokhorov consented to offer a 49% stake in the group to Joseph Tsai, with a choice for Tsai to end up being the majority owner.
The choice was exercised in August 2019, with Tsai likewise purchasing the Webs' arena, Barclays Center, from Prokhorov for nearly $1 billion in a separate deal. The NBA Board of Governors all approved the sale to Tsai on September 18, 2019.