Author and friend of The Brooklyn Game Jake Appleman spent last season covering the Nets in-depth, and today marks the release party of "Brooklyn Bounce: The Highs and Lows of Nets Basketball's Historic First Season in the Borough," Appleman's book on the team's inaugural season.
There will be some select readings from the book, as well as a signing and a Q&A. Also, I will be there. So there's reason enough to check it out.
When: Tuesday, February 4th, 7:30 P.M.
Where: BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY
When the Brooklyn Nets played their first game at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, they succeeded in bringing a major professional sports franchise back to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers abandoned the borough in 1957.
Now, Brooklyn Bounce chronicles the Nets’ historic inaugural season in the borough, full of highs and lows—plenty of them entirely unexpected. Jake Appleman takes us inside the locker room and courtside, examining the team’s transition from the New Jersey swamp to gentrified Brooklyn, from an opening night delayed by Hurricane Sandy to an epic seven-game playoff showdown with the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets were the game’s foremost paradox in 2013, a team that managed to be the most improved in the NBA, but also consistently disappointed. What made them interesting wasn’t their style of play or even their unique collection of personalities; it was their constant state of reinvention and their evolving relationship with their new home: as the Barclays crowds would chant it, BROOOOOOK-LYN!
Appleman has covered the NBA for eight seasons for Slam Magazine, GQ, Vibe, NBCSports.com, NBA.com, and The New York Times.
Now, the Nets will officially announce tomorrow that they'll play five games this season in an alternate sleeved jersey that pays homage to Brooklyn's Dodger roots, a team official confirmed to The Brooklyn Game.
ESPN's Darren Rovell had the original report:
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets will first wear the blue and grey sleeved jerseys for the game against the Boston Celtics on March 21 and will wear them for four other games, to be called "Brooklyn Blue Nights," before the season is over.
The Nets' dance team, the Brooklynettes, will also have costumes that pay tribute to Brooklyn's past on those nights.
The Nets will sell the blue and grey jersey at retail, with prices ranging from $50 to $110. Player T-shirts will cost $32.