Brooklyn bound: NBA officially approves relocation the Nets

Kobe Bryant and Deron Williams

Kobe Bryant and Deron WilliamsThe NBA’s Board of Governors agreed unanimously on Apr. 13 to approve the relocation of the New Jersey Nets across the Hudson River to Brooklyn, New York. The team, which will soon be named the Brooklyn Nets, will be playing out of a new arena named the Barclays Center. The franchise’s new home is located at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues and will be able to hold 18,200 fans for basketball games. The team will play out of the new venue starting in the 2012/13 season.

Mikhail Prokhorov, the principal owner of the Nets and Bruce Ratner, who is the developer of the Barclays Center and majority owner, released a joint statement to the press after the move was officially approved. They both thanked NBA Commissioner David Stern and the rest of the franchise owners in the league for enabling the move to become reality.

The statement said the Barclays Center offers the basketball team a modern and state-of-the-art venue to call home and the franchise is looking forward to entertaining its fans there. They added that they can’t wait until Sept. 28 when the arena will officially open for the next NBA season.

The Barclays Center will actually be the eighth venue that the franchise has played out of. In the past, the team has played at the Prudential Center, the Brendan Byrne Arena, Nassau County Coliseum, Island Garden, Long Island Arena, Rutgers Athletic Center, and the Teaneck Armory.

Stern said that the board of governors voted to formally approve the relocation of the team as well as the new franchise name. He claimed the Barclays Center to be a very impressive structure and said the building of it is right on schedule and it could even be completed earlier than expected. He said it might even be finished by August, but the official opening will still be held on Sept. 28. Stern added that luxury suite and ticket sales for games have reportedly been doing very well.

The Nets won’t make the playoffs in the current NBA season and their schedule will come to an end on April 26 when they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors. However, the team won’t waste any time when it comes to transforming the look of the franchise. The name will be officially changed from the New Jersey Nets to the Brooklyn Nets on April 30 and the team’s new colors scheme and logo will be presented on April 28.

The franchise was founded back in 1967 and originally began play in the ABA (American Basketball Association) as the New Jersey Americans. They became the New York Nets in 1968 when moving to Long Island and in 1977 they moved back to New Jersey. They joined the NBA in 1976 when the league merged with the ABA. The club went to the NBA Finals in the 2001/02 season and again the following year. However, they’ve now endured five losing seasons in a row. Perhaps their luck will change at their brand new home.

Avery Johnson and Nets could part ways, D’Antoni an option?

Mike DAntoni

Mike DAntoniThe New Jersey Nets sit near the bottom of the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a record of 16-35 and only winning a pathetic six games at home.

The future Brooklyn Nets are moving into the Barclays Center this fall and chances are Avery Johnson won’t be coming with him.

Not only did the Nets fail in the attempts to land Dwight Howard they are also on the way to losing Deron Williams who is eager to test free agency.

Johnson has only one year left on his contract at approximately four million.

His team ranks in the bottom third in every major offensive and defensive category, and record is the fourth-worst in the entire NBA.

All signs point to the Brooklyn Nets to be without a superstar player but could they look at former New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni?

While his “style” of basketball has been questioned it remains fun to watch and if they Nets want to make a profit they are going to need something.

D’Antoni can be successful if the organization buys into the players that he needs to run this style of offense.

Without Howard and Williams next season, what do the Nets have to lose for the first few years?