Stephen Colbert clearly idolizes Dr. J but not so much that he wasnt willing to humiliate him in a suspenseful game of scrunched-up-paper basket-ball. Erving is out flacking his insteresting-sounding new autobiography:
To celebrate a bit of Nets history, we at The Brooklyn Game decided to take a look at who we thought were the 30 best Nets of all time. Two current players made the list (you can guess who), but other than that we reached back through ABA and NBA history to remember Nets greats.
However, like any subjective list, there's always room for debate. Here's three questions we had to answer.
1. NetsRank: Who's Overrated?
- Justin DeFeo: Something about living through the "Devin Harris Era" and seeing him at #22 strikes me as peculiar. Harris is a nice player, no doubt, and he was in the precarious position of having to follow in the footsteps of a future Hall of Famer, but I was never sold on Harris the point guard and felt his years in New Jersey were lacking impact. ... MORE →
By Wayne Bokat
For a brief moment it seemed, just after the Knicks early 1970s mini-dynasty and before their 39-years of futility, there was a spectacular show that took place on Long Island.
Led by Julius Erving, the New York Nets – who were playing at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after having moved from, first Commack Arena and then a place called Island Garden in Hempstead – won two ABA championships in a three-season period from 1974 through 1976.
The Nets were good, but it was Erving, known as Dr. J, or simply The Doctor, who put on a show every time he played.
Yes, he did it in the NBA later on, as can be called up on YouTube where one can see his incredible move in the 1980 finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He drives from the right side of the basket, is forced by a defender to go baseline, ends up underneath the rim, almost out of bounds it seems, and then somehow from the other side of the basket, spins the ball off the glass with his right hand.
Magic Johnson, then is his first year with the Lakers, said to his teammate, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after witnessing what seemed even to him a miraculous move: “Should we give him the ball back and ask him to do it again?”
... MORE →
In whatever superlative you'd like to assign it -- the Battle for New York, Battle of the Boroughs, the Nets' arrival on the New York stage, or just another game -- the ex-New Jersey/now Brooklyn Nets take on the New York Knicks tonight, in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This game has added meaning like few Nets-Knicks games have had before, but these two have had an up-and-down rivalry since the Nets joined the NBA in 1976.
Let's take a look through the history of the Nets-Knicks rivalry: from its origin, through the decades and playoff matchups, through the players that have seen both sides, and finally to today: the "Blueprint for Greatness" era.
The origin story
The 1980s: Waves of excellence in a sea of obscurity
1983: The first playoff battle ends in defeat
The 90s: what could have been
Playoffs: '94's and Heartbreak
The Nets take center stage
Nets sweep at last
The Blueprint for Greatness
The origin story
... MORE →