BROOKLYN, NY - Banner ceremony honoring Biggie Smalls during Brooklyn Nets game against the New York Knicks on March 12, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Nets Celebrate Biggie Smalls With Banner At Barclays Center

By Cory Wright

The Brooklyn Nets paid tribute to one of Brooklyn’s finest on Sunday, celebrating the life and legacy of Biggie Smalls with Nets Biggie Night.

And the Nets made sure it wasn’t just a one-time thing, raising a Biggie Smalls banner to the Barclays Center rafters featuring some of his most famous lyrics, “spread love it’s the Brooklyn way” and the number 72.

Biggie is a landmark,” said DJ Enuff, Biggie’s former DJ who spun tracks at halftime. “He truly is a landmark of BK. If there is laws and paperwork that protects landmarks I think he deserves that and the fact that [The Nets] are going to do that is a blessing and I appreciate it.”

Nets Biggie Night featured a series of tributes to the iconic Brooklyn rapper, playing his music throughout the Nets 120-112 win over the New York Knicks, honoring his mother and children, as well as the Bad Boy family.

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His mother, Voletta Wallace, was touched by the Nets’ gesture and revealed that this was also her first NBA game.

We put on a good show for her,” Brook Lopez said. “Obviously Biggie is such a huge part of hip-hop and Brooklyn culture in general that it was great to see our team and organization give him his due, honor him and bring his family to be a part of it. It’s something I’m proud and honored to be a part of.”

Diddy MC’d the unveiling of the banner and led a tribute, but instead of standing in silence, he encouraged the crowd to make some noise for Biggie.

They obliged. Spreading love is the Brooklyn way, after all. 

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