The tour, affectionately called "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" by Live Nation, will take Beyoncé to 17 countries over five months, spending the last five weeks in the United States and Canada, before closing the tour August 3rd in Brooklyn, at -- where else? -- Barclays Center.
Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster on February 11th.
Deron Williams has teamed up with Red Bull -- an official partner of the Brooklyn Nets -- to refurbish New York City basketball courts as a part of Red Bull's "Brooklyn's Got Wings" Campaign. For every assist Williams dishes out in the next two seasons, $150 will be donated to the project. With 319 assists so far this season, Williams has accrued almost $50,000 in donations so far. Williams's goal is to raise $100,000, which would be 667 assists, or 8.7 per game for the rest of the season.
Lynn Hoppes of ESPN sat down with Williams to talk to him about the project:
What does this project mean to you?
These people in this community support us at every game and cheer us on in person or on television. This means a lot to us. And, more importantly, it means a lot to them. I've checked out these courts. They are in bad shape. There are cracks everywhere. The goals aren't great. It'll definitely mean a lot to them when we're done."
And you want to personally help along with giving money.
I'm in a great position to help the people. I know I'm in the public eye. I'm not doing it for that. I want people to see that I'm giving a helping hand by not just donating money but by doing the work and giving back to the community.
Michael Scotto of RealGM took some time out to talk with with Lincoln High School legend and current Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair. Telfair talks about his career, his borough, and whether he'd ever like to return here to play as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. (Telfair, as Scotto notes, is in a contract year.)
In the latest episode of "Life and Times, Road To Brooklyn," Brooklyn-born D.J. Clark Kent takes Kris Humphries around Brooklyn and shows him what he'd call The Brooklyn Way. They hit up a few sneaker stores (according to everybody in the video, the D.J. has the tightest sneaker game in Brooklyn, to the surprise of Humphries), watch Humphries get his hair cut, talk a little trash, and have a conversation about how D.J. Clark Kent is actually a Knicks fan.
The video, which was taken in the summer, ends awkwardly with a promo for "Brooklyn Nets Coach Avery Johnson." Oops.
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The flagpole, which once stood in the grounds of former Brooklyn Dodgers home Ebbets Field, was commemorated at a Flagpole Dedication ceremony on December 10th, in an event attended by Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark, Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon Robinson, and Bruce Ratner. The monument stands at the corner of Atlantic & Flatbush Avenue in front of Barclays Center and is still in the ground, but is now surrounded by caution tape and traffic cones, and the flagpole itself is gone.
A spokesman for the Barclays Center said that the flagpole will be "returning soon" but declined comment on the reason for its disappearance.
The amusing, yet hardly unexpected chorus of excuses and capitulations from Knicks fans the day after Round 1 of the “Battle of the Boroughs” went to the bums from Brooklyn – “it was just one game.” “The Knicks were missing Stat, Shump and Kidd.” “The Nets haven’t played anyone good yet” – do not upset me. For last night was something I was hoping to relish for a greater portion of my lifetime. Last night was personal.
As a kid growing up on Long Island in the shadow of Manhattan (and on the same land mass as Brooklyn), being a Nets fan was not a birthright. It was not hereditary. It was a choice. It was a choice I made in the summer of 1992-93 partly out of circumstance (my family was a Mets household and thus subscribed to Sports Channel, where the New Jersey Nets could be seen, and not MSG, where the Yankees and Knicks called home) but also, predominantly out of my affinity for the team’s players. The early 90s Knicks were clearly the better team, but featured a tired group of players and names who had been around the block – Ewing, Oakley, Smith and Riley. Sure, I guess John Starks had the potential to be a blue collar hero, but he always struck me as too erratic and crass for me to become a true believer. The Nets meanwhile presented a roster of youth and potential. Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson should have been great. And of course the Nets had the greatest underdog star I could ever hope to find in an era where Michael Jordan was at the top of his game.... MORE →
The fifth episode of The Road to Brooklyn, Jay Z's Life + Times, features Brooklyn residents talking about the meaning of the Brooklyn Nets to the borough -- and how that might change depending on the team. Jay-Z does not make an appearance, but some other familiar Brooklyn faces do, including Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.
His Brooklyn debut was postponed due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but no more: the Brooklyn-born Marv Albert will make his debut tonight as a play-by-play announcer in Brooklyn at Barclays Center, as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Boston Celtics at 8:00 on TNT. Albert was originally supposed to call the opening night game against the New York Knicks, even recording a game opener before the game, but the game's postponement means that tonight's that special night for Albert.
Grantland has a wonderful piece on Marv's upbringing in Brooklyn, rich with anecdotes in the way his play-by-play itself is. Check it out.
You've heard it. The chant fills Barclays Center a.k.a. The Black House a.k.a. The House That Hov Built a.k.a. Where Is The Promised Housing like no other. It's the best chant Brooklyn has, and may be the best chant in sports. It's simultaneously a jeer and a cheer. It can throw an away team off its rocker while pushing Brooklyn forward. It's fantastic, and I'm worried about wasting it.... MORE →