Brooklyn Nets Tickets
The Brooklyn Nets are a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association or NBA. The Nets are based in Brooklyn, New York City, and play all of their home games at the Barclays Center. They are a member club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference within the NBA. Established in 1967, the Nets were originally members of the NBA’s rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in several other cities under various other names until 2012 when they finally took on their current name and established themselves in Brooklyn. If you’re a fan of the Brooklyn Nets and want to learn more about them, as well as find out where you can get the best Brooklyn Nets tickets, click here.
The Road to Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets weren’t always based in Brooklyn. In fact, when the franchise was established in 1967, they belonged to a different league, the ABA, and were based in New Jersey and called the New Jersey Americans. The following season, the team was relocated to Long Island and renamed as the New York Nets. They played here until 1976, when the ABA would merge with the NBA. During this period, the team won two ABA championships, one in 1974 and the other in 1976.
After their merger into the NBA, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets until 2012. They never won a league title but they did win two consecutive Eastern Conference championships in the 2001-2 and 2002-3 seasons.
In 2012, the team moved to Brooklyn and took up residence at the Barclays Center. From this point onward, they were known as the Brooklyn Nets.
About the Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are currently playing under the guidance of head coach, Kenny Atkinson. The team’s official colors are black and white, the former being their away uniform and the latter their home uniform.
The current mascot for the team is a superhero named BrooklyKnight and the team’s anthem is called "Brooklyn: Something To Lean On", which is written and recorded by Brooklyn-born musician John Forté. The song features an incredibly popular ‘Brooklyn’ chant, which gets taken up every time the team plays at the Barclays Center.
The Formation of the Brooklyn Nets
The team that is now the Brooklyn Nets traces its origins back to 1967, where they were initially formed in Teaneck, New Jersey. In the first few years of their existence, the Nets played at various different arenas and were known as the New York Nets.
In 1976, the team would be one of the four teams to merge into the NBA with the ABA-NBA merger. After the merger, the team returned to playing in New Jersey and would continue to play there for 35 seasons. They would see periods of success mixed with periods of failure. Although they missed out on winning any NBA finals, they did manage to win two consecutive Eastern Conference Division titles.
From the 2012-13 season, the team moved to New York and set up shop in Brooklyn.
As in most sports, big teams develop rivalries with other teams in the league for a variety of different reasons. In the case of the Brooklyn Nets, they have three main rivalries which exist with the follow teams.
The Nets have had a rivalry with the Raptors since 2004. The Rivalry began when Vince Carter, a guard/forward for the Raptors was traded to the Nets. The trade left bitter sentiments on the Raptors side which would come across when the two teams would meet. Since the trade, the teams have only met a few times and each meeting has been controversial.
The Boston Celtics and the Nets have had a rivalry which surfaced around the early 2000s. The rivalry was caused by the locations of the two teams as well as the fact that they both had strong up-coming stars.
In those early years, the Nets had the likes of Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd. The Celtics were being led by stars such as Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce.
In the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics kicked off the rivalry by trash talking the Nets and Martin. As the series began, tensions started to escalate both on and off court. Even the fans were getting involved and were trash-talking the players. At the time, Bill Walton was asked about this blossoming rivalry and he said that it was the "beginning of the next great NBA rivalry".
In 2012, the two teams came to blows once again, this time with a physical altercation on the court. This resulted in a number of players being sent off, suspended and fined.
By 2013 however, it seems like the rivalry may not be as intense. This cooling effect came after the trade deal which saw Celtic stars Paul Pierce and Garnett move to the Nets. They were exchanged for players like Humphries, Wallace, and a few others.
New York Knicks
This is a rivalry which was kicked off due to geography; both teams play in New York. The New York Knicks play in the New York City borough of Manhattan, while the Nets have played in Long Island, New Jersey, and now in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
The rivalry is sometimes referred to as the ‘Clash of the Boroughs’ by the media because other teams in these two locales have fierce rivalries. These include the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants as well as the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers.
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