Tonight's sold-out game against the 76ers brings with it a close to the 35th and final season the NETS are playing in New Jersey. Former players including
This year – the second of two in Newark's Prudential Center, the team's fourth home in the Garden State, following the Teaneck Armory, Rutgers Athletic Center and IZOD Center (née Brendan Byrne Arena) – has featured some memorable moments, from All-Star point guard Deron Williams crossing over opposing point guards to Jordan Farmar's game-winning 3 against the Clippers and "The Dunk" by Gerald Green. (You know the one.)
They join a recent list that includes Devin Harris' halfcourt heave to beat the 76ers and Vince Carter's 35-foot buzzer-beating pullup against the Hawks, and Lawrence Frank's 13-0 start to a coaching career that has since led him to Detroit. But ABA beginnings as the "New Jersey Americans" were followed by a New York exodus and a return to New Jersey following the NBA-ABA merger.
By the early '80s, the Nets had built the core of a playoff team around star forward
After an era of individual accomplishment in the late '90s that featured
Everyone here at NETS Basketball would like to show our gratitude for 35 years of support, from you – the New Jersey fans. Thanks, and enjoy the game!
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