Hello, Brooklyn! A guide to the Nets’ invasion
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
“Cause in Brooklyn, we be into our own thing.” — Guru of Gang Starr, The Place Where We Dwell
The Brooklyn Nets are here. They’re here in their slick black-and-white jerseys with their Russian billionaire owner and their rap megastar owner and their ex-Kardashian power forward and their ex-Utahn point guard.
USA TODAY Sports has it all, everything you need to know about the NBA’s return to Brooklyn and the New York City borough’s sports history. Here’s your guide to our guide (stories by Jeff Zillgitt unless otherwise noted):
THE PRIMER: “Back to Brooklyn” takes you through how and why this move happened, from the history of the NBA in the city to the inside scoop on how the deal was made.
THE ARENA: Take a tour of Barclays Center, through photos.
THE TEAM: “Playoffs in Brooklyn? Backcourt holds key” shows just how improved the Nets are entering this season, with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson leading the way.
THE FACE: “Jay-Z’s influence widely felt” gets inside the rapper’s power within the team he helped bring to his hometown.
THE VOICE: “Albert coming home” focuses on broadcast legend Marv Albert, thrilled to be calling the first game at Barclays Center.
THE THEN: “Brooklyn’s hoops history hard to beat” looks at the many legends from the borough, from Chris Mullin to Connie Hawkins and beyond.
THE NOW: “Tech at center of Barclays complex” by Scott Gleeson examines the team’s high-tech new arena.
THE FOOD: Savor Brooklyn’s flavor by checking out the 37 restaurants at Barclays Center.
THE OTHER EVENTS: The arena is not just for NBA games. Barclays Center will host events from Justin Bieber concerts to college basketball games.