The Brooklyn Nets won Game 1 of their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors 94-87, but if you look at any of the covers of newspapers covering the game, you might think it was a linguistic exhibition and not an athletic one.
But it's true. Before yesterday's 12:30 start, Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said a bad word to his fanbase about Brooklyn, at a fan rally. I'm all for cursing, but before noon on a Saturday?
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams released an official response to Ujiri's unseemly language, which you can see below.
Adams kept it classy and went the high road:
“It's unfortunate that the Raptors' GM felt so desperate facing against our Nets that he would throw profanity around discussing our beloved borough, but I can't say I'm surprised. After all, Brooklyn is a classier place. Just compare Babs to Biebs, or spend some time with their...colorful mayor. Still, we spread love; it is, after all, the Brooklyn way.
"Rather than mess with verbal barbs, I say it's 'put up or shut up time', Toronto! I'm willing to send up North some of Brooklyn's best if the Raptors can prevail, perhaps a six-pack from Brooklyn Brewery or a CD from the First Family of hip-hop. The ball is in Mayor Ford's court to meet the challenge.
"Let's go Nets!"
Classy response from the borough president. I like the idea of a challenge between Adams and Ford -- I already tried goading this out of Ford & DeBlasio to no avail, probably because DeBlasio was too busy eating pizza with a knife & fork to tweet back. But Adams is strictly Brooklyn's borough president, making him a worthy adversary to Ford.
The only thing is: what would Toronto offer back in a bet? After Saturday afternoon, I'd take Jonas Valanciunas. But that's probably not going to happen. Ideas?