Progress Report #1

We've already gotten some interesting suggestions.

Several calls to bring back Sly, the NJ Nets mascot:

Over at Reddit, hueypriest suggests, "New mascot needs to be a badass but huggable pit bull, or Jerry Stackhouse."
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When Brooklyn Favorite Son Spike Lee declared that he would not switch his allegiance from the Knicks to the Nets, we all grumbled but actually could respect his deep loyalty to the blue and orange.

But it's a whole different matter when the Knicks are out of the picture. Former Borough President Marty Markowitz had pleaded with Lee to at least make the Brooklyn team his second favorite.

It now seems clear that Lee is not only for the Knicks, he's against the Nets. He rooted for the Heat and sat near the Heat bench at the last game. There's a slightly mitigating factor: Ray Allen, a star of his movie He Got Game, now plays for the Heat.

Still: Loyalty to the Knicks over the Nets makes some sense. But loyalty to Miami over Brooklyn?

Brooklyn traitor Spike Lee

Brooklyn traitor Spike Lee

 

This extraordinary map from The New York Times shows which teams dominate in which areas based on Facebook likes. The New York Knicks are the majority team in all counties in the tri-state region, except for Brooklyn where it's a statistical tie: 22 percent Nets, 21 percent Knicks and 9 percent for the Heat.

By that one slender percentage point, the Nets avoided being the only NBA team to not be the majority team in a single county.

In East Rutherford, where the New Jersey Nets played, 25 percent were for the Knicks, 15 percent for the Nets and 14 percent for the Lakers. There were no New Jersey counties in which Nets fans outnumbered Knicks fans. In Uniondale, Long Island, where the Nets started playing, 32 percent are for the Knicks, 12 percent for the Lakers and 10 percent for the Nets. There were no counties in Long Island where Nets fans outnumbered Knicks fans.

You can get the stats for any county in the nation. Many other fascinating patterns: strange pockets of Celtics fans in Alabama? Many Bulls fans in New Mexico?

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At the last home game, Barclays lower deck was half empty at game time. It was a weeknight with a 7 pm start so some wondered whether that led to a slow-arriving crowd. This game is on a Saturday at 8 pm. How thick was the crowd at game time?

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Ok, by 8:30 things were looking quite a bit better but still plenty of empties.

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This is so cool it deserves its own slideshow. From NYC artist Sezo who spraypainted this 7.5 x 28 feet mural. More of his work can be found at Zesoner on Instagram or http://www.zesoart.com/site/

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