At 3:30pm yesterday, Nets players were spread out around Brooklyn for a "takeover", and fans got photo ops and giveaways!
Progress Report #1
We've already gotten some interesting suggestions.
— Mike King (@MikeKing00) July 21, 2014
Several calls to bring back Sly, the NJ Nets mascot:
— Tyler Hernandez (@YoItsTizzy) July 21, 2014
Over at Reddit, hueypriest suggests, "New mascot needs to be a badass but huggable pit bull, or Jerry Stackhouse."
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Video by Cody Hart
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?
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?
@TheBKGame Bey: Weren't you in the notebook?" Jake: "no that was Ryan gosling."
— jeff castaneda (@mosjef73) May 11, 2014
From Sionuff via Instagram
— Maria Hardy (@TorontoMia29) May 11, 2014
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