Brooklyn Nets News
There’s been a great deal of change in the 53-year history of the Brooklyn Nets. Originally the New Jersey Americans of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Americans first played across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
One year later in 1968, the team moved from New Jersey to Long Island and changed their name to the New York Nets. Following the merger of the ABA and NBA in 1976, the team moved back to New Jersey and again change their name this time to the New Jersey Nets.
In 2012, the NJ Nets once again changed location. Returning to New York, the team moved to the borough of Brooklyn, taking on the name Brooklyn Nets. Will this name and location stick?
The NJ Nets stuck around for 35 years before their move to Brooklyn. During these years, the Nets were not considered much of a threat. The team reached the playoffs only 10 times from 1977 to 2000.
However, the early 2000s were good to the Nets with the team making the playoffs from 2001-2007. In the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons, the Nets reached the NBA Finals losing both times to the Los Angeles Lakers (4-0) and San Antonio Spurs (4-2).
The lean years came back again for the Nets from 2008 to 2012 with the team missing the playoffs in each season.
While success on the court in terms of Championships has eluded the Nets franchise, the team has produced several NBA Hall of Famers and stars. Most notably Jason Kidd. The NBA Hall of Famer played seven years with the Nets and served as head coach from 2013-2014. Other notably former Nets players include Julius “Dr. J” Irving, Buck Williams, Derrick Coleman, and Vince Carter.
Recently, the Nets have struck gold. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden are all members of the Brooklyn Nets. They are currently the favorites to win the NBA Title.
Brooklyn Nets Timeline:
- 1967: New Jersey Americans debuted in the American Basketball Association
- 1968: Name changed to New York Nets with a move to Long Island
- 1976: The New Jersey Nets move back to Jersey
- 2001-2003: Two trips to the NBA Finals, without a successful Championship bid
- 2012: The NJ Nets become the Brooklyn Nets
The Nets Stadiums & Barclays Center
It’s no surprise with all the moving the Nets did during their history, they’ve called numerous arenas home. No less than eight different professional and amateur arenas were the home court for the Nets/Americans.
The Brendan Byrne Arena located near Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, served as the home of the Nets for the longest period. It to has gone through several name changes including the Continental Airlines Arena and Izod Center.
With their move to Brooklyn in 2012, the Nets now call the Barclays Center home. The Barclays Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility. The New York Islanders and New York Liberty of the WBNA share the arena with the Nets until the Islanders move into their new arena in 2021.
Major Brooklyn Nets Rivalries
Given their geographic proximity to the New York Knicks, there is no love between the two teams. Especially now that the Nets are just across the East River from the Knicks. New York area sports teams have long had a rivalry with teams from Philadelphia. The tradition rings true for the Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. Former Nets great Dr. J played for the Sixers only adding to the rivalry and bad blood.
2020-2021 Nets Season & NBA Title Potential
The 2019-2020 NBA season was a mixed bag for the Brooklyn Nets. In March, the team suddenly fired head coach Kenny Atkinson. The team finished the regular season in 7th place in the Eastern Division, earning a playoff berth. Facing the Toronto Raptors, the Nets were quickly eliminated 4-0.
The team hired Steve Nash to replace Kenny Atkinson as the new head coach. Kevin Durant is healthy-ish, James Harden has been an MVP candidate this year, and Kyrie Irving has been a perfect fit in their offense. The Nets are one of the most impressive basketball teams we have seen in recent memory. And Steve Nash is at the head of it all making everything work with ease.
It could be an interesting playoff run for the Nets and sports bettors in New York, who are hoping to bet that the Nets continue to dominate. The Brooklyn Nets are currently the favorites to win the title at +260 on DraftKings Sportsbook.