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October 15, 2013 Updates

A year ago on Tuesday, Brett Yormark, chief executive of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team, was watching his team play its first game in its new home after a move from New Jersey to New York. Twelve months on, and the 10-mile move to Brooklyn now looks inspired, with an expensively assembled "super-team" of stars, playing in front of bigger audiences in a new arena. "In every respect the move has been transformational," Mr Yormark tells the BBC News website. "We have moved a few miles but we could have moved to the other side of the country, such is the difference. We got more buy-in from New York people than we expected. "The resources we have at our disposal are now so different." BBC

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The Jazz's drive from the airport to Brooklyn on Monday was uneventful. Getting to the hotel was another story. "We took a tour of the arena twice," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, laughing. Translation: The bus driver got lost. Fortunately, the Jazz happened to have a living Brooklyn-savvy GPS system on the bus with them: Tinsley. "He was kind of lost," the Jazz backup point guard said, smiling. "He made about two left turns the wrong way and two right turns …" Those right turns weren't so right, after all. "We could've been to the hotel a half-hour (earlier)," Tinsley recalled. "I thought we were staying at another hotel. I thought they knew something I didn't know." Deseret News

November 15, 2012 Updates

Three reasons why tonight's Celtics-Nets game is an extremely big deal: 1. This is the first game Marv Albert — who was born in Brooklyn, as Marvin Aufrichtig, in 1941 — has ever called in his home borough. 2. That's big on your basic, local-boy-makes-good level. 3. That's big beyond that level, because hometowns aren't simple things. Brooklyn, for example, is where young Marv taught himself play-by-play. But Brooklyn is also the accent he spent years trying to lose. It's where his first surname, Aufrichtig, was taken away. Marv, in other words, is something more complex than Marty Markowitz. If we study the things Marv took from Brooklyn, and the things he had to leave behind, then we can see the formation of the man who will inevitably unleash a "Yes!" tonight. Grantland

For Marv, athletes are slowly being stripped of their mysticism. Marv didn't become a suck-up, the announcer who gleans a few "scoops" for a lifetime as the athlete's unofficial wingman. It's more like he made players into his co-conspirators. "Kenny Sears's stale jokes put the other players to sleep," Marv wrote in the Lincoln Log in 1957. Now, fast-forward three decades. Remember when Michael Jordan hit six first-half 3-pointers in the '92 Finals and gave that I-can't-believe-it-either shrug? It's often forgotten that the guy he was shrugging at — his co-conspirator, you might say — was the NBC announcer whom he liked so much that he'd feel hurt if he didn't get asked for an interview. The guy MJ was shrugging at was Marv. Grantland

April 24, 2012 Updates

Gov. Chris Christie doesn't have any fond farewells in store for the Nets, who play their final game in New Jersey tonight before the franchise moves to Brooklyn. "I'm not going to the Nets game tonight," he said during a press conference at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, "and my message to the Nets is, 'Goodbye.'" Newark Star-Ledger

Christie scoffed at the team's decision to choose New York over New Jersey. "That's one of the most beautiful arenas in America they have a chance to play in, it's in one of the country's most vibrant cities, and they want to leave here and go to Brooklyn?" he asked. "Good riddance, see you later. I think there'll be some other NBA team who may be looking to relocate and they might look at that arena and the fan base in the New Jersey and New York area and say, `This is an opportunity to increase our fan base and try something different.'" New York Post

April 23, 2012 Updates

Months after Mount St. Helens erupted in May 1980, the New Jersey Nets ignited a blast of their own at what was then known as the Rutgers Athletic Center. Timing it to a visit by the Portland Trail Blazers — a franchise based about 50 miles southwest of the volcano — the Nets commemorated the event by handing out key chains filled with authentic Mount St. Helens ash. So they thought, or claimed. The architect of the stunt was the team’s promotions manager, Howard Freeman, who had commissioned a local school’s shop class to build a six-foot papier-mâché volcano. “We had traded for Maurice Lucas the year before from Portland, and he said he had a bunch of Mount St. Helens ash,” Freeman said in a recent interview. “Honestly, it could have come from his fireplace, for all we knew.” Triggered by a hired dwarf wielding a fire extinguisher loaded with a chemical compound, the makeshift volcano discharged without a hitch during halftime of a Nets overtime victory on Feb. 20, 1981. It was, in retrospect, perfect imagery for the Nets’ 35-year run in New Jersey, which will end on Monday night at Prudential Center in Newark. Many eruptions, little fallout on a largely indifferent fan base. New York Times

Mourning had chided Martin for not working hard, for hiding in the training room, crying “my ankle, my ankle.” Martin responded, cruelly, “My kidney, my kidney,” in reference to the transplant Mourning had received. It was pure Nets nuttiness, which ranged from comic to tragic. “You always wondered, What if?” Turetzky said. What if Larry Brown hadn’t left, or if Richardson had stayed clean, or if Taub had listened in 1991 to Willis Reed, his general manager, and endorsed the drafting of the intimidating center Dikembe Mutombo over Kenny Anderson? What if Petrovic had never driven on the autobahn? New York Times

As the state hosts its last Nets game on Monday, fans (at least those who admitted as much) are resigned to the end of New Jersey basketball. There are some who are angry, some who are wistful and others who think Brooklyn will provide a better home for their unloved baby. “I am a die-hard Jersey fan; I love everything about Jersey,” said Paul Zarrillo, 70, a season-ticket holder from Greenwood Lake, who watched the Nets lose to the Knicks at the Prudential Center in Newark last week. “But I don’t know that we deserve it. Even when we had the great teams, we didn’t sell out that much. We basically have ourselves to blame.” New York Times

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There’ll be no drunken fans at the new Nets arena if activists have their way. More than a 100 people showed up at a Brooklyn community board meeting last night to demand Prohibition-style limits on booze at the Nets’ new Barclays Center, which opens in September. Many neighbors fear that up to 18,000 boozed-up patrons will wreak havoc as they spill out of the arena after games. Some demanded that alcohol sales end at halftime — although every other NBA arena lets fans buy drinks until the start of the fourth quarter. New York Post

February 21, 2012 Updates

An arena grows in Brooklyn, as you can see in the photo below. The Nets released it this morning, announcing that construction is on schedule and the Barclays Center is scheduled to open Sept. 28. Of course, there is no word yet on whether Dwight Howard and Deron Williams will be playing together in Brooklyn next season. The Nets remain the prohibitive favorites to land both, unless the Dallas Mavericks can trade away Shawn Marion’s two remaining years for an expiring contract, which would give them the cap space to go after two max-salary unrestricted free agents — a subplot to the Dwight Drama that I mentioned in Sunday’s Power Rankings, as well as the previous week’s Power Rankings. SheridanHoops

January 5, 2012 Updates

The Nets have signed a lease for office space in Brooklyn, another step in their planned move from New Jersey. The team said today that 150 business side employees will occupy the 11th floor of the 19-story building at 15 MetroTech Center and that the relocation process from East Rutherford is expected to begin next month. The basketball operations staff will remain in New Jersey for now. Newark Star-Ledger

November 29, 2011 Updates

If real estate mogul Bruce Ratner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov are the faces of the New York-bound basketball franchise, Gilmartin and Irina Pavlova are the feet on the ground, clearing the way. As EVP of Forest City Ratner Companies, Gilmartin manages development of the near $1 billion arena, which anchors the larger $4.9 billion, 22-acre Atlantic Yards project in the heart of Brooklyn. Pavlova represents the interests of Prokhorov, the minority owner of the arena and majority owner of the Nets, its major tenant. Together, they are changing the landscape of the borough and female power players in the business of sports. Forbes.com

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