Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships (in 1974 and 1976). In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets, all of whom remain in the league today).

In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships (in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons), but failed to win a league title. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center, and took its current geographic name.[11]

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ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1967
HistoryNew Jersey Americans
1967–1968 (ABA)
New York Nets
1968–1976 (ABA)
1976–1977 (NBA)
New Jersey Nets
1977–2012
Brooklyn Nets
2012–present[1][2]
ArenaBarclays Center
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Team colorsBlack, white[3][4][5]
         
Main sponsorInfor[6]
PresidentMaureen Hanlon
General managerSean Marks
Head coachKenny Atkinson[7]
OwnershipMikhail Prokhorov (51%)[8]
Joseph Tsai (49%)[9][10]
Affiliation(s)Long Island Nets
Championships2
ABA: 2 (1974, 1976)
NBA: 0
Conference titles5
ABA: 3 (1972, 1974, 1976)
NBA: 2 (2002, 2003)
Division titles5
ABA: 1 (1974)
NBA: 4 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Retired numbers6 (3, 5, 23, 25, 32, 52)
Websitewww.nba.com/nets
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History

The Brooklyn Nets were founded in 1967 and initially 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.[12]

Led by Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving, the Nets won two ABA championships in New York before becoming one of four ABA teams to be admitted into the NBA as part of the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. Unlike the other three ABA teams that were entering the NBA, the Nets were required by the NBA to pay an "encroachment fee" of $4.8 million to the Knicks.[13] The team financed that payment by selling Erving’s contract to the Philadelphia 76ers; and the Nets went from winning the last ABA title in 1975–76 to having the worst record in the NBA in 1976–77. The team then moved back to New Jersey in 1977 and became the New Jersey Nets. During their time in that state, the Nets saw periods of losing and misfortune intermittent with several periods of success, which culminated in two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons by teams led by point guard Jason Kidd.

After playing 35 seasons in New Jersey, the team moved back to the state of New York, changed its geographic name to Brooklyn, and began playing in the new Barclays Center, starting with the 2012–13 NBA season.[11][14]

Rivalries

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics were once rivals of the Nets during the early 2000s because of their respective locations 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[15] who claimed Martin was a "fake" tough guy. Things progressed as the series started, and on-court tensions seemed to spill into the stands. Celtic fans berated Kidd and his family with chants of "Wife Beater!"[16] in response to Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge. When the series returned to New Jersey, Nets fans responded, with some brandishing signs that read "Will someone please stab Paul Pierce?"[17] referring to a night club incident in 2000 in which Pierce was stabbed 11 times. When asked about the fan barbs being traded, Kenyon Martin stated, "Our fans hate them, their fans hate us." Bill Walton said at the time that Nets-Celtics was the "beginning of the next great NBA rivalry" during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002 with the Nets advancing to the NBA Finals, though New Jersey swept Boston in the 2003 playoffs.

On November 28, 2012 there were indications that the rivalry might be rekindled when an altercation occurred on the court, resulting in the ejection of Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, and Kris Humphries. Rondo was suspended for two games in the aftermath, while Wallace and Kevin Garnett were fined.[18] The story was revisited on December 25, when Wallace grabbed Garnett's shorts and the two had to be broken up by referees and players alike.

However, the rivalry between the Nets and the Celtics appeared significantly cooled off by the June 2013 blockbuster trade that dealt Celtics stars Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets in exchange for Wallace, Humphries, and others. This move was billed as a merger of the two Atlantic Division teams.[19] Celtics announcer Sean Grande said, "It's almost as if you found a great home for these guys. You couldn't have found a better place. These guys will be in the New York market, they'll be on a competitive team, they'll stay on national TV. It's funny, because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. So with Celtics fans feeling the way they do about the Heat, feeling the way they do about the Knicks, the Nets are going to become almost the second [Boston] team now."[20]

New York Knicks

The Knicks–Nets rivalry has historically been a geographical one, with the Knicks playing in Madison Square Garden in the New York City borough of Manhattan, while the Nets played in the suburban area of Long Island and in New Jersey, and since 2012 have been playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Media outlets have noted the Knicks–Nets rivalry's similarity to those of other New York City teams, such as the Major League Baseball (MLB) Subway Series rivalry between the American League (AL)'s New York Yankees and the National League (NL)'s New York Mets, and the National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the National Football Conference (NFC)'s New York Giants and the American Football Conference (AFC)'s New York Jets, the result of the boroughs' proximity through the New York City Subway. Historically, the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn competed via the Dodgers–Giants rivalry, when the two teams were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Like the Knicks and Nets, the Giants and Dodgers played in Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively, and were fierce intraleague rivals.[21] The rivalry between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers of the National Hockey League has also taken on a similar dimension since the Islanders moved to Barclays Center in 2015.[22] Due to the Knicks being located in Manhattan and the Nets being located in Brooklyn, some media outlets have dubbed this rivalry "Clash of the Boroughs".[23][24]

Toronto Raptors

A rivalry with the Toronto Raptors had begun in 2004, when then-Raptors guard/forward Vince Carter had been traded to the then-New Jersey Nets.[25][26] However, the two teams did not meet in the playoffs until 2007, when the Nets defeated the Raptors in the first round series, 4–2, after a go-ahead shot by Richard Jefferson with 8 seconds left in Game 6 led to a 98–97 victory.[27] Seven years later, the two teams met again in the first round, and the series went to seven games, with a game-winning block by Paul Pierce, giving the Nets the 104–103 victory.[28] The series was also noted for controversy when Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made derogatory remarks towards Brooklyn at a fan rally outside Maple Leaf Square in Toronto before Game 1. Ujiri later apologized at halftime.[29]

Culture

Mascot

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Cover to BrooklyKnight #1, distributed at the Brooklyn Nets home opener. Art by Mike Deodato.

The mascot of the New Jersey Nets was Sly the Silver Fox, who debuted on October 31, 1997 as part of the rebranding of the Nets for the 1997–98 season.[30] Prior to that, the Nets' mascot was an anthropomorphic dragon named Duncan the Dragon.[31]

After the Nets' move to Brooklyn, the team introduced a new superhero mascot named BrooklyKnight (a pun on the demonym "Brooklynite") on November 3, 2012. In his first appearance, he was lowered from the ceiling of Barclays Center amid sparks and fanfare and introduced by Nets PA announcer David Diamante: "Here to defend Brooklyn, he's the BrooklyKnight." The mascot was co-created by Marvel Entertainment, a sister company to NBA broadcasters ABC and ESPN. The character also starred in 32-page comic book published by Marvel titled BrooklyKnight #1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Deodato.[32][33] After the Nets' second season in Brooklyn, the BrooklyKnight mascot was retired.[34]

Team anthem

On November 3, 2012, the Nets introduced a new team anthem titled "Brooklyn: Something To Lean On", written and recorded by Brooklyn-born musician John Forté.[35] The song is notable for its refrain, which features the "Brooklyn" chant that has been popular with fans in the Barclays Center.[36]

Management

The Nets' front office in 2016 included Mikhail Prokhorov (principal owner), Brett Yormark (CEO), Sean Marks (general manager), and Jeff Gewirtz (executive vice president, business affairs & chief legal officer).[37]

Ownership history

The original owner of the Nets franchise was trucking magnate Arthur J. Brown, who was the founder of the American Basketball Association team that was then known as the New Jersey Americans in 1967. The next year, Brown renamed the franchise to the New York Nets following a move to Long Island, and sold the team for $1.1 million to entrepreneur Roy Boe.[38] Due to financial losses suffered while the team was in Long Island, Boe moved the team back to New Jersey in 1977 and sold the team a year later to a group of seven local businessmen led by Alan N. Cohen and Joseph Taub, who became known as the "Secaucus Seven".[39]

After a lengthy ownership of the franchise and numerous attempts to improve the financial situation of the team, the "Secaucus Seven" finally sold the team in 1998 to a group of local real estate developers led by Raymond Chambers and Lewis Katz,[40] who called themselves the "Community Youth Organization" and wanted to move the team to Newark, New Jersey. The next year the group signed an agreement with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to form YankeeNets, a holding company that owned the two teams, and later also the New Jersey Devils, and increase leverage in future broadcast contracts by negotiating together. After receiving offers from numerous broadcast partners, including what was then their current rights holder Cablevision, YankeeNets decided to launch its own regional sports television called the YES Network.

YankeeNets failed in its attempts to secure a deal with Newark to construct a new arena in the city. By that point in time, 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 up.[41] With their plan to move the Nets dead, the Community Youth Organization placed the team on sale. After a short bidding process, the group secured a deal in 2004 with real estate developer Bruce Ratner to buy the team for $300 million, defeating a similar offer by Charles Kushner and Senator Jon S. 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 centerpiece of the large-scale Atlantic Yards development.[42]

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Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire and current owner of the Nets

On September 24, 2009, Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third-richest man according to Forbes, confirmed his intention to become majority owner of the Nets. Prokhorov sent an offer to the team owners requesting that the control shareholding of the basketball club be sold to his company, Onexim, for a symbolic price. In return, Prokhorov funded a loan for the construction of a $700 million arena in Brooklyn which was later named the Barclays Center, and attracted additional funds from Western banks. Prokhorov stated that he initiated the deal to help push Russian basketball to a new level of development.[43] On May 11, 2010, following approval from the other owners of the NBA, Prokhorov had become a principal owner of the Nets.[44]

In late 2017, there were multiple reports of an agreement for Prokhorov to sell a 49% stake in the team to Joseph Tsai, the executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, with an option for Tsai to become the majority owner.[45][46]

Facilities

Home arenas

Source:[47]

Arena Location Duration
Teaneck Armory Teaneck, New Jersey 1967–1968
Long Island Arena Commack, New York 1968–1969
Island Garden West Hempstead, New York 1969–1972
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York 1972–1977
Rutgers Athletic Center Piscataway, New Jersey 1977–1981
Brendan Byrne Arena (1981–1996),
renamed Continental Airlines Arena (1996–2007),
renamed Izod Center (2007–2010)
East Rutherford, New Jersey 1981–2010
Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey 2010–2012
Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York 2012–present

Practice facilities

The Nets' practice facility and headquarters for the team's basketball operations are located at the Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center (HSS Center) in the Industry City complex in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The facility opened on February 17, 2016 and is built on the roof of an empty warehouse in the complex, occupying 70,000 square feet of space in total. The renovation project cost roughly $50 million.[48] The opening of the training center completed the Nets' move to Brooklyn.

The team's previous practice facility was at the 65,000-square-foot PNY Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which opened in 1998.[49] Prior to that, the team practiced at the APA Recreation Center in North Bergen, New Jersey, sharing their lockers and practice courts with truck drivers who used the facility.[49]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012, PNY Center suffered a power outage and extensive water damage due to flooding, and for several months, the team used the smaller training spaces and practice courts inside the Barclays Center instead.[50]

Players and coaches

Current roster

Brooklyn Nets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 31 Allen, Jarrett 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 237 lb (108 kg) 1998–04–21 Texas
F 21 Chandler, Wilson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1987–05–10 DePaul
F/C 33 Claxton, Nicolas 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1999–04–17 Georgia
G 8 Dinwiddie, Spencer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993–04–06 Colorado
F 7 Durant, Kevin Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988–09–29 Texas
F 4 Ellenson, Henry (TW) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1997–01–13 Marquette
G 4 Hands, Jaylen (DP) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999–02–12 UCLA
G/F 12 Harris, Joe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1991–09–07 Virginia
G 11 Irving, Kyrie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1992–03–23 Duke
C 6 Jordan, DeAndre 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1988–07–21 Texas A&M
F 00 Kurucs, Rodions 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1998–02–05 Latvia
G 22 LeVert, Caris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 1994–08–25 Michigan
G/F 13 Musa, Džanan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1999–05–08 Bosnia and Herzegovina
G 0 Nwaba, David 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1993–01–14 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
G/F 10 Pinson, Theo 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1995–11–05 North Carolina
F 2 Prince, Taurean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1994–03–22 Baylor
G/F 17 Temple, Garrett 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986-05-08 LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–07–17

Retained draft rights

The Nets hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[51] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref
2017 2 57 Sasha Vezenkov F  Bulgaria Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece) [52]
2016 2 44 Isaïa Cordinier G  France Nanterre 92 (France) Acquired from the Atlanta Hawks [53]
2015 2 39 Juan Pablo Vaulet F  Argentina Weber Bahía Estudiantes (Argentina) Acquired from the Charlotte Hornets [54]
2015 2 49 Aaron White F  United States AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (Italy) Acquired from the Washington Wizards [55][56]
2014 2 54 Nemanja Dangubić G/F  Serbia Free agent Acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers (via San Antonio Spurs) [57][58]
2014 2 59 Xavier Thames G  United States Egis Körmend (Hungary) Acquired from the Toronto Raptors [59]

Franchise leaders

Bold denotes still active with the team. Italics denotes still active, but not with the team. "Name*" includes points scored for the team while in the ABA.

Points scored (regular season) as of the end of the 2018–19 season[60]
  1. Brook Lopez (10,444)
  2. Buck Williams (10,440)
  3. Vince Carter (8,834)
  4. Richard Jefferson (8,507)
  5. Jason Kidd (7,373)
  6. John Williamson* (7,202)
  7. Julius Erving* (7,104)
  8. Kerry Kittles (7,096)
  9. Derrick Coleman (6,930)
  10. Chris Morris (6,762)
  11. Mike Gminski (6,415)
  12. Billy Paultz* (6,297)
  13. Bill Melchionni* (6,230)
  14. Otis Birdsong (5,968)
  15. Keith Van Horn (5,700)
  16. Albert King (5,595)
  17. Kendall Gill (4,932)
  18. Darwin Cook (4,699)
  19. Kenny Anderson (4,655)
  20. Deron Williams (4,609)
  21. Kenyon Martin (4,269)
  22. Rick Barry* (4,252)
  23. Joe Johnson (4,240)
  24. Stephon Marbury (3,963)
  25. Bernard King (3,901)
  26. Brian Taylor* (3,804)
  27. Dražen Petrović (3,798)
  28. Devin Harris (3,747)
  29. Darryl Dawkins (3,687)
  30. Walt Simon* (3,634)
Other statistics (regular season) as of the end of the 2018–19 season[60]

Retired numbers

Brooklyn Nets retired numbers[61]
No. Player Position Tenure Date
3 Dražen Petrović G 1990–1993 November 11, 1993
5 Jason Kidd G 2001–2008 October 17, 2013
23 John Williamson G 1973–1980 December 7, 1990
25 Bill Melchionni G 1969–1976 September 1976
32 Julius Erving F 1973–1976 April 3, 1987
52 Buck Williams F 1981–1989 April 11, 1999

Basketball Hall of Fame

Notes
  1. ^ Also served as head coach of the team in 2013–2014.
  2. ^ Daly was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice—as coach and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.
  3. ^ Announced; to be induced on September 6.[77]

FIBA Hall of Fame

Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
3 Dražen Petrović[79] G 1991–1993 2007
33 Alonzo Mourning C 2003–2004 2019

Individual awards

NBA All-Star Weekend

NBA D-League/G League affiliation

The Nets signed an agreement with the Springfield Armor to become its exclusive NBA Development League affiliate starting in the 2011–12 season. This made the Nets the second team to opt for a D-League "hybrid affiliation", the first being the Houston Rockets with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Springfield ownership maintained control over business, marketing, and day-to-day operations, with the Nets having control over coaching and player decisions. This hybrid model was well received by GMs and owners.[80] However, after three seasons, the Pistons purchased the Armor from its former owners, and moved and renamed the team the Grand Rapids Drive.[81]

On November 6, 2015, the Nets announced that they had purchased a new D-League team to be called the Long Island Nets. The team played their home games during the 2016–17 season at the Barclays Center and then at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York after renovations were complete for the 2017–18 season. The Long Island Nets became the twelfth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team.[82]

Media

The television home of the Nets is currently the YES Network, which the team helped create while they were under the corporate umbrella of YankeeNets LLC, a merger of business operations between the Nets and the New York Yankees. After the dissolution of YankeeNets and Bruce Ratner's purchase of the team, YES signed a long-term deal to keep broadcasting Nets games. The sale to the Ratner group did not include the percentage of YES that was previously owned by the Nets, which remains with the pre-merger Nets owners. Prior to that, the Nets' TV home was Fox Sports Net New York and SportsChannel New York.

The team's local broadcast partner is WWOR-TV, and games have aired on WLNY-TV in the past as well.

The current flagship radio station of the Nets is WFAN, which took over the radio rights to the Nets after losing their basketball contract with the Knicks (who moved to WEPN). Prior to that, Nets games aired on WNEW, WMCA, WVNJ, WNBC, WQEW, and WOR.

In the club's early ABA years, some Sunday road games were televised in a package carried by WPIX. The team's later ABA tenure featured more frequent road telecasts on their current broadcast partner, WWOR-TV. Known then as WOR-TV, it continued airing road games for a time once the team joined the NBA in 1976.

Television

Ian Eagle has television duties for the Nets after the departure of Marv Albert in 2011. Eagle became the lead television voice for the team in 1995 after serving as the team's radio voice for one year, while Albert joined the Nets following his firing by MSG Network in 2005 after four decades as the lead voice of the New York Knicks. When Albert joined the broadcast team, he became the lead broadcaster with Eagle as his substitute; beginning in the 2009–10 season, due to Albert's advancing age and his other commitments, Eagle once again assumed the lead play-by-play spot. As of the 2011–12 season, Eagle is the sole lead announcer after Albert decided to move to CBS Sports for both NFL and NCAA basketball, in addition to his work on the NBA on TNT. Ryan Ruocco substitutes for Eagle during the latter's CBS NFL and NCAA commitments.

Joining Eagle in the booth for 2013 are former NBA player and ex-Net Donny Marshall and longtime Nets analyst Jim Spanarkel. Marshall replaced Mike Fratello as the lead analyst following the 2012–13 season and Spanarkel shares duties with him as he has in the past with other announcers.

Radio

WFAN is the Nets' current radio flagship, the station having assumed radio rights from WOR following the 2003–04 season. Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw comprise the broadcast team, Carrino on play-by-play and Capstraw as the analyst. The games air on other Entercom-operated stations, such as WCBS (AM) and WNSH, when there are programming conflicts on WFAN.

Other broadcasters who have worked for the Nets include Howard David, Bob Papa, Bill Raftery, Kelly Tripucka, Albert King, Mike O'Koren, Spencer Ross, Mel Proctor, Joe Tait, John Sterling, Mike DiTomasso, WFAN update man John Minko and Mark Jackson.

Nets games have also aired on WNEW and WQEW in the past.

During the club's ABA years, announcers included Marty Glickman, Marv Albert's brothers Al Albert and Steve Albert, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, Bob Goldsholl, as well as Sterling and DiTomasso. The latter two joined the club's move into the NBA.

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Notes
  1. ^ Did not participate
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2016–17 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2016–17 Brooklyn Nets season was the 41st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 50th season overall, and its 5th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

The season marked Brook Lopez's final one with the Nets, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the off-season. He became the franchise's all-time leading scorer on April 10 when he broke Buck Williams' record that stood for 28 years.The Nets hired Kenny Atkinson after Lionel Hollins was fired during the middle of the previous season. General manager Billy King was also fired. Sean Marks took over as the Nets began rebuilding. They finished 20–62, their worst record since 2009–10. In the month of February, the Nets went 0–10 marking the first time that they lost every game in a single month since going 0–14 in November 2009.

2018–19 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2018–19 Brooklyn Nets season was the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 52nd season overall, and its 7th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

On November 12, 2018, late in the first half of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Caris LeVert suffered a subtalar dislocation of the right foot and was scheduled to return later in the season after rehabilitation, making his return on February 8, 2019. The December 16 game against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center was the highest scoring game at the venue in Nets' history, while the 144 points scored by the Nets were the second-most points scored in regulation in franchise history. On March 19, the Nets came back from a 28-point deficit, which also was the biggest comeback in team history, when they defeated the Sacramento Kings 123–121, and also became just the fourth team since the 1954–55 season to overcome a 25-point deficit in the fourth quarter.For the first time in his NBA career D'Angelo Russell was selected to participate in the NBA All-Star Game when he was announced as the replacement for the injured Victor Oladipo in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.With a 108–96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on April 7, the Nets clinched a playoff spot for the first time since the 2014–15 season. On April 10, in a 113–94 win against the Miami Heat, the Nets clinched their first winning season since 2013–14.In the playoffs, the Nets faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the First Round, and were defeated in five games.

2019–20 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2019–20 Brooklyn Nets season will be the 44th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 53rd season overall, and its 8th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Six players from the 2018–19 team, including D'Angelo Russell, became free agents.

Anthony Bennett (basketball)

Anthony Harris Bennett (born March 14, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall. Bennett is also a member of the Canadian national team.

He is considered one of the greatest draft busts ever.

Atlantic Division (NBA)

The Atlantic Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. All teams, except the Raptors, are located on the East Coast of the United States. However, Toronto sports teams have over the years enjoyed rivalries with teams in the Northeastern United States (particularly, Toronto teams also share divisions with Boston teams in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, with the former also containing a team in New York City).

The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions in each conference. The Atlantic Division began with four inaugural members, the Celtics, the Braves, the Knicks and the 76ers. The Celtics, the Knicks and the 76ers all joined from the Eastern Division.

The Celtics have won the most Atlantic Division titles with 22. Nine NBA champions have come from the Atlantic Division. The Celtics have won six championships, while the Knicks, the 76ers and the Raptors have won one championship each. All of them, except the 1972–73 Knicks, were division champions. In the 1983–84 season, all five teams from the division qualified for the playoffs. In the 1982–83 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). The current division champion is the Toronto Raptors, their sixth division title.

Barclays Center

Barclays Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association, and is also one of the home arenas for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (the other is Nassau Coliseum). The arena also hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. It competes with other facilities in the New York metropolitan area, including Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Prudential Center in Newark.

The arena is part of a $4.9 billion future business and residential complex now known as Pacific Park. The site is at Atlantic Avenue, next to the renamed Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center subway station on the 2, ​3, ​4, ​5​, B, ​D, ​N, ​Q​, R and ​W​ routes, as well as directly above the LIRR's Atlantic Terminal.

The arena, proposed in 2004 when real estate developer Bruce Ratner purchased the Nets for $300 million as the first step of the process to build a new home for the team, experienced significant hurdles during its development. Its use of eminent domain and its potential environmental impact brought community resistance, especially as residential buildings and businesses such as the Ward Bakery were to be demolished and large amounts of public subsidies were used, which led to multiple lawsuits. The global recession of 2009 also caused financing for the project to dry up. As a result, construction was delayed until 2010, with no secure funding for the project having been allotted. Groundbreaking for construction occurred on March 11, 2010, and the arena opened on September 21, 2012, which was also attended by some 200 protesters. It held its first event with a Jay-Z concert on September 28, 2012. The arena and the Brooklyn Nets are owned by Mikhail Prokhorov's American holdings.

D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected as a McDonalds All-American in 2014, and played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes before being selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing point guard, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team with the Lakers in 2015. He was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, and received his first All-Star selection in 2019.

Džanan Musa

Džanan Musa (Bosnian pronunciation: [d͡ʒânan mûsa], born 8 May 1999) is a Bosnian professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and weighing 215 pounds (98 kg), Musa plays the small forward position. He was selected by the Nets with the 29th pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

Jared Dudley

Jared Anthony Dudley (born July 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The forward has also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets.

Jarrett Allen

Jarrett Allen (born April 21, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Texas Longhorns.

Kenny Atkinson

Kenneth Neil Atkinson (born June 2, 1967) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously served as the Director of Player Development for the Houston Rockets in 2007–08. Born in Huntington, New York, Atkinson played college basketball for University of Richmond, where he led the Spiders to a Sweet Sixteen berth in 1988.

Kris Humphries

Kristopher Nathan Humphries (born February 6, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has played in the NBA for the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Phoenix Suns. Humphries played college basketball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota, and for the United States men's national basketball team.

List of Brooklyn Nets head coaches

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in Brooklyn, New York. They are a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team plays its home games at the Barclays Center. The franchise was founded as the New Jersey Americans in 1967, and was one of the eleven original American Basketball Association (ABA) teams. In its second ABA season, Arthur Brown, the team owner, moved the team to Long Island and renamed it the New York Nets. The team won ABA championships in 1974 and 1976. When the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, the Nets were one of four ABA teams admitted into the NBA. The team was moved to the Rutgers Athletic Center in New Jersey; after the 1976–77 NBA season, the team was renamed the New Jersey Nets. Since they joined the NBA, the Nets have won 4 divisional championships, 2 conference championships and appeared in the playoffs 16 times. The Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012, and now play as the Brooklyn Nets.

There have been 23 head coaches for the Nets franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Max Zaslofsky, who led the team for two seasons. Kevin Loughery is the only Nets coach to have led the team to a championship; the Nets won ABA championships in 1974 and 1976 during his tenure. Loughery is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (615) and wins (297); P. J. Carlesimo is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season winning percentage (.648). Byron Scott is the franchise's all-time leader in playoff games coached (40) and wins (25), as well as playoff-game winning percentage (.625). Chuck Daly and Bill Fitch were selected as two of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Daly, Brown and Lou Carnesecca are the only Nets coaches to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches. Zaslofsky, York Larese, Lou Carnesecca, Dave Wohl, Butch Beard, John Calipari, Tom Barrise, and Kiki Vandeweghe spent their entire coaching careers with the Nets/Americans.

List of Brooklyn Nets seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Brooklyn Nets professional basketball team. The Nets were founded as the New Jersey Americans in 1967, a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA). A year later, the team moved to Long Island, New York, and were renamed as the New York Nets. There, behind the play of Hall of Famer Julius Erving, the team won its only two ABA championships: in 1974 and 1976. After the 1975–76 season, the ABA merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Nets were one of four franchises that joined the NBA. After a season of being the second team to represent the state of New York (the other being the New York Knicks), the team moved back to New Jersey as the New Jersey Nets.

In the NBA, the Nets have experienced only one period of sustained success, from the 2001–02 season to the 2006–07 season, when led by Jason Kidd they played in the postseason every year and twice reached the NBA Finals, but lost to Shaquille O'Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and then to Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs in 2003. After 35 seasons in New Jersey, owner Mikhail Prokhorov moved the team to the New York City borough of Brooklyn to become the Brooklyn Nets.

Long Island Nets

The Long Island Nets are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Brooklyn Nets. Based in Nassau County, the team plays its home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Nets became the twelfth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team.

Mfiondu Kabengele

Mfiondu Kabengele (born August 14, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Florida State Seminoles. He was drafted 27th overall in the 2019 NBA draft by the Brooklyn Nets and immediately traded to the Clippers.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (born September 2, 1998) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Virginia Tech Hokies. A shooting guard and a point guard, he was drafted 17th overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA draft.

Rodions Kurucs

Rodions Kurucs (born 5 February 1998) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). At 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall, he plays at the small forward position.

Shaun Livingston

Shaun Patrick Livingston (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Livingston entered the league directly out of high school after he was selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick. In 2007, Livingston suffered a debilitating knee injury that damaged almost every part of his left knee, and it took him about a year and a half to return to action. Livingston later played for the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets. He has also spent time with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. He is a three-time NBA champion, winning all three with Golden State in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

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