HoopsHype Brett Yormark rumors
After the game, Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted, “Nets fans deserved better today. The entire organization needs to work harder to find the solution. We will get there.” A spokesman later said Yormark wasn’t referring to just the team’s recent performance, including yesterday’s loss, but several issues that cropped up during the day, including the microphone cutting out during the first part of singer Darlene Love’s rendition of the national anthem. New York Post
In the third installment of Jay-Z's docu-series on the Nets move to Brooklyn, filmmakers explore (and we're being kind) "The Rivalry," a wild discussion between Nets fans and Knicks fans. With Brett Yormark starring as the voice of reason and everyone else (including a comedian known as "Fat Jew") taking pot shots at Manhattan or Brooklyn, it's easily the most entertaining of the series. It appears on Jay-Z's new YouTube channel, Life+Times. NetsDaily
The Nets have spent the last 35 years fighting to gain a foothold in the New York market. But despite plying their trade within shouting distance of the New York City skyline, despite making back-to-back NBA Finals appearances led by future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd, the Nets have never been able to make a significant dent into the immense popularity of the Knicks in the area. “I think when we were in New Jersey, we didn’t really have the platform to do that,” Nets CEO Brett Yormark said. “We were the after thought. We were certainly the second team in the market. That’s not debatable.” New York Post
Sixers president Rod Thorn said he has “no comment,” after he and Nets CEO Brett Yormark exchanged shots at each other last week. Thorn just wanted to talk about basketball and said the Nets are going to much better this season. He believes Favors is going to be a star in the near future, and if the Nets hold on to him he doesn’t foresee a better frontline combo than Favors and Brook Lopez. We know, Thorn drafted them so he has to say that. But he was serious. Bergen Record
I’m very much behind “the Dodgers.” “The Brooklyn Dodgers” – it’s classic! Yorkmark: (Laughs.) In any case, “Brooklyn” is a very strong word and a wonderful brand. It is probably impossible not to use it. In general, we like “Nets” [as a brand], too. And the Nets have quite a good history, so “Brooklyn Nets” isn’t bad at all, although we are still far from a final decision [on the name] and we’re not especially in a hurry. Brooklyn gives us great opportunities for development – it’s 2,5 million residents. Queens is very close by, and that’s 2.1 million more. Directly beneath the [site of the new stadium], nine subway lines intersect, and there’s the railroad that connects us to Long Island: The Nets were born on Long Island. Before joining the NBA, we played in the ABA under the name the New York Nets. We … can count on those long-term fans and we’ll get new ones in Brooklyn, in Queens. And our fans from New Jersey who want to follow us will have the opportunity. It’s a new beginning in their own arena … It will be something special. Ball In Europe
Tell me about Jay-Z. What does it mean to have him among the owners of the team? Yorkmark: Well, Jay is altogether stunning. I’ve known him well for several years. Last year, it became very difficult. He didn’t like what was happening [with the team, with] the image of the team. But now, with the relocation is quite close, he’s in a different mood. He has a lot in common with Mikhail on some points, and now they can work together to change the team. Prokhorov is a winner first. He wants to win, he will claim victory, and he will give the team the energy to win. Jay-Z bringing celebrity status also doesn’t hurt. Especially in New York. So Prokhorov and Jay-Z together – this is very powerful team ownership. Ball In Europe
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