-We’ll start this off with the Nets wrapping up their stay in New Jersey last night. Of course they lost to the 76ers, who needed the game to clinch a playoff berth. Philly is now tied with the Knicks for seventh with identical 34-30 marks with two games remaining. Pick your poison for both. Chicago or Miami.
-Some of the all-time great Nets on hand were Albert King, Kenny Anderson, Derrick Coleman and Darryl Dawkins, who all got the luxury treatment of having a Nets babe on their arm. Cute stuff. It was nice to see Chocolate Thunder back. You can never forget what a behemoth he was dunking that ball and well, breaking the glass in the good old days.
-I’m happy for Anderson and Coleman, who kinda got lost in the shuffle following a first round exit versus the Knicks. They were good Nets. All-Stars. If you put their childish behavior aside, both were a great combo. It’s just unfortunate we never got to see what those Nets could’ve been if Drazen Petrovic had lived. Petro was awesome. Lights out. A star in the making when his tragic death haunted the Nets for years until Jason Kidd replaced Stephon Marbury and led the franchise to consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
–Rod Thorn was also there yesterday for turning the Nets around. Even Lou Lamoriello lent support when the Devils and Nets teamed up. In a way, it feels right that they’d finish up in the same building as the Devils, who later on play a huge Game Six against Florida. But it does feel a little blank with the Nets moving to Brooklyn this Fall at Barclays Center. No team in Jersey just doesn’t feel right.
-Sure. The Brooklyn Nets are a great sell. Basketball to one of the best producing boroughs where two-time PSAL champ Boys And Girls resides along with powerhouses Lincoln and Jefferson. Atlantic Avenue will be hopping once it gets going. I still wouldn’t mind seeing a third team rejoin I-95 down the road. New Jersey gets shafted once again.