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About Brooklyn Nets
History of the Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets were founded in 1967 as the New Jersey Americans. Almost immediately after their first season, the franchise moved to Long Island and played as the New York Nets. The team moved back to New Jersey in 1977 to become the New Jersey Nets. The 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons were the most successful – Jason Kidd led his team to the NBA Finals in both seasons. Sadly, the Nets were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and lost the series in 2003 4-2 to the San Antonio Spurs. Beginning in 2012, the Nets moved back to New York and changed its name to the Brooklyn Nets. Their current home is the Barclays Center, which the Nets have been playing in ever since the 2012-13 season. The Barclays Center cost an estimated $1 billion to construct and has a seating capacity of 17,732 for basketball games. It is also home to the NHL’s New York Islanders and NBA D-League’s Long Island Nets. The Brooklyn Nets are currently under the ownership of Mikhail Prokhorov (51%) and Joseph Tsai (49%). Sean Marks is the general manager and Kenny Atkinson is the head coach.
In the 2017-18 Brooklyn Nets season, the team finished with a record of 28-54. This placed them in last in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference. One of the team’s leading scorers, Jeremy Lin, suffered a knee injury on October 18, 2017 and was out for the remainder of the season. D’Angelo Russell also had to undergo a surgery on November 17, 2017 and was out until February. He returned to play in February where he became the first Nets player to score 15+ points and 5+ assists off the bench in three games in a row since the 1986-87 season. Fortunately, Russell will be returning for the 2018-19 season to continue his talents with the Brooklyn Nets. Jeremy Lin will not be returning as he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks during the offseason. The Nets acquired Shabazz Napier and Ed Davis from the Portland Trailblazers. Other additions to the roster include Treveon Graham from the Charlotte Hornets and rookie Theo Pinson from North Carolina. In the 2018 NBA Draft, the Nets acquired Džanan Musa from Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia) and Rodions Kurucs from FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain). Head coach Kenny Atkinson is hopeful his new additions will prove to be beneficial to this rebuilding Brooklyn team.
The 2018-19 Brooklyn Nets season will kick off on October 17th at Little Caesars Arena against the Detroit Pistons. The Nets first home game will be on October 19th against division rivals, the New York Knicks. Other division rivals the Nets will face throughout the season include the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Philadelphia 76ers. The Eastern Conference is no longer a cake walk with many teams improving, but with consistent play, the Brooklyn Nets could be battling for one of the final playoff spots. Brooklyn has not made it to the playoffs since the 2014-15 season. Will this be the year the Nets can break the streak? There is only one way to find out! TicketNetwork is your access to all Brooklyn Nets tickets. If you want to see your favorite NBA team fight for a spot in the postseason, make sure to grab your Brooklyn Nets tickets today!