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.”
Mikhail Prokhorov was in Brooklyn to attend the Nets playoff games vs. the Bulls, but at the same time, his foundation, the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund, was pushing culture, promoting the fund’s three-year long cultural exchange with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The exchange is being produced by Prokhorov’s sister, Irina Prokhorova, often described as one of Russia’s leading intellectuals.
Through five NBA championship drives and 14 All-Star seasons, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant had seen just about everything. But when he stepped to the free throw line Tuesday night with1:19 to play in the first half of L.A.’s 92-83 win over the Nets, he got something new. Rising up from out of the crowd was a familiar “M-V-P!” chant. He hears it all the time at Staples Center. Never in an opponents’ building. And the serenade began again late as he made three big plays – two on offense and one on defense – to carry the Lakers to victory in his first game in Brooklyn. “From my perspective it was pretty damn cool,” Bryant said. “I enjoyed it immensely.”
With the Battle of the Boroughs, Part III, taking place this past week, it only seems fitting that “The Association” would follow Nets power forward and Manhattan resident Kris Humphries around as he seeks support within New York Knicks’ “territory.” Hump also talks about the ups and downs of the season, and what it feels like now that the team has lost eight of their last 10 games.