Tag:New York
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:51 am

Nets change name to... Brooklyn Nets

By Matt Moore

The New Jersey Nets held a press conference Monday to announce the official name of the Nets when they move to Brooklyn. And the winner is... the Brooklyn Nets. 


There had been rampant speculation about a possible name change for the team upon its relocation to the new Barclays Center in 2012. My personal favorite was the Brooklyn Hipsters, but that was a longshot. The name is a loaded issue. On the one hand, the Nets have a lot of history, dating back to the ABA. More importantly, sadly, rebranding is really expensive. In the midst of what many expect to be a lengthy lockout that could sacrifice the entire season, spending the money to rebrand everything from banners and jerseys to merchandise and letterhead probably isn't feasible in a dead income year. 

On the other hand, the name is the Nets. It's unoriginal, lacks any real identity, and seems like something an office full of unimaginative people would come up with.

But for Prokrhorov, Ratner, Jay-Z et al, the important part of the name is the "Brooklyn" part. That's the key to their success, the untold riches headed their way, a real shot to compete with the Knicks for the New York market, however unlikely that may be.

To slip off on a tangent here, it's remarkable that no one's batting an eye at the move for the Nets. Yes, the arena is only a short trip away. But there are kids in Jersey who won't be able to attend those games and will be, in essence, losing their team. Now it's only a small number of people, and that's why no one really cares. But we're a country that celebrates individualism, that fights to protect individualism, and in general, we get a little squeamish about utilitarianism. However, that's the opposite in this case. We don't care if the Nets move, or the Hornets are contracted, or the Kings slip town because we care about the most people. Just an interesting little offset.

Anyway, yeah, the Nets. Let's hear your thoughts on the "name change" in the comments.  
Posted on: April 12, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 6:22 pm

Pierce: Knicks series will be "fun."

Posted by Matt Moore

The Boston Celtics will not take the Knicks seriously. You can count on that. That's essential to Boston's entire attitude. "We're big, we're bad, and we're really good. We don't have  to take you seriously." That's key to their success and New York, despite having pushed the Celtics a bit in the regular season, is not considered in their league. 

But that doesn't mean the Celtics aren't looking forward to it. 

The Celtics are used to big, flashy match-ups. And to Paul Pierce, that means big, flashy cities. Like New York. So instead of the usual "ho-hum" he would have given a series against Indiana or even Philadelphia, Pierce says he's looking forward to playing Stoudemire, Melo and the gang. From ESPN:
"It's going to be a very interesting series," said Pierce. "I know everybody's going to tune in to watch it. I know this is going to be as exciting as probably that series versus the Lakers last year, or even the series we had [two years ago] versus the Bulls. I think it's going to be very exciting for the fans to watch."

Pierce hinted at the rivalry that's long existed between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, before suggesting a hard-fought playoff series between the Celtics and Knicks could cause some of that tension to spill over onto the basketball court.

"I think it's going to be fun," said Pierce. "You definitely have that rivalry in baseball. Maybe we can spark a rivalry there in basketball. You've got two cities who are close, next to each other, great sports towns. I think it's going to be great for the game."
via Pierce: A very interesting series vs. Knicks - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston .

Comparing the first round to the Finals, that's some big stuff. Hearing Pierce describe the playoffs as "fun" is disconcerting considering how serious the Celtics take everything. Which gives you a pretty good sense of either where the Celtics' heads are at, or how confident they are. The Knicks haven't proven anything and aren't a great defensive club. That means Boston is going to enjoy making a statement. This is going to be the most publicized of all the first-round series, even if it's not that great of a series. Pierce actually has the toughest cover, against Anthony, and that should be a huge matchup. There's so much star power here, it's of course going to draw eyeballs.

And really, it's not like Boston and New York sports rivalries get a lot of attention.

In unrelated news, networks are hoping that the Orlando-Atlanta series averages a higher rating than a rerun of "How I Met Your Mother."
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2010 2:19 pm

Nets may become New Yorkers

Patent documents indicate Nets could be considering name change to "New Yorkers."  Posted by Matt Moore

Mikhail Prokhorov has never been huge on the name of the Nets. There's been talk since he acquired the team last year that he would consider changing the name. Now, Nets Daily has uncovered some interesting developments that may indicate the Nets are already leaning in a new direction. From SBNation's Nets Daily:

On September 30, two lawyers associated with a large Philadelphia law firm sought trademark protection for the name, "Brooklyn New Yorkers", three logos featuring either a basketball or a basketball player and the Brooklyn Bridge and even a slogan, "We Come to Play". 
Theres no indication in the US Patent and Trademark Office files that the Nets are associated with the lawyers. A spokesperson for the team declined comment Monday when asked by NetsDaily about the trademark applications. A spokesperson for Mikhail Prohorovs Onexim Group told NetsDaily recently that the applications are "not ours".  The attorney of record on three of the five applications has not responded to a request for information. 
Separately, the URL, brooklynnewyorkers.com, has also been registered in recent months. The URL was registered through a proxy domain register.  The owner is not identified.
via Who Are "Brooklyn New Yorkers"? - NetsDaily.

So Onexim says they weren't behind the move, which doesn't mean they weren't behind the move. Check the link for some of the logos patented. Here's a spoiler: they're pretty terrible.

So is the name New Yorkers, really. "New Yorkers" is too obvious, too lacking in style, so substantive it drowns in itself. Electing to make this the face of the franchise represents a colossal waste of an opportunity. Hopefully this either isn't their option, or is only one of many. 

I know the name isn't brilliant or cool, and is kind of dorky, but it should be noted that the name has been a part of basketball since 1968. Disrupting that would be a slight insult to the history of the league. And it's a might bit better than "the New Yorkers."
Posted on: July 12, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 1:16 pm

Knicks to form own Big 3?

Posted by Royce Young

Typically wedding toasts include a funny story about the groom, some crude comment, some marriage advice or all of the above. Most times however, they don't include proclamations about new NBA superteams.

The NY Post's Marc Berman reports that at Carmelo Anthony's wedding this past weekend, Chris Paul grabbed the mic and started tossing around talk of a new Big 3, this one in the Big Apple.

Berman writes: "According to a person who spoke with wedding attendee Amar'e Stoudemire, Paul made the reference during a speech of a potential union of himself, Stoudemire and Anthony, saying, 'We'll form our own Big 3,' Paul allegedly said."

Of course "our own Big 3" refers to Paul, Anthony and newly signed Knickerbocker, Amare Stoudemire. And it goes without saying, some random wedding toast that may or may not have happened doesn't actually mean the Knicks can plan on their own Super Trio. But then again, who would've thought free agent summits and a supposed handshake deal in Beijing would give the Heat theirs?

A strange and unpredictable world, this NBA free agency is.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 3:11 pm

KB Updates: Lee-Randolph, Amar'e S&T, Cats moves

Posted by Royce Young

A few interesting things from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger:

  • The Heat are actively trying to clear Michael Beasley and his $4.9 million off the books in order to complete its dream team. Right now, Miami is talking a three-way trade that involves Charlotte and Houston. Beasley would go to Charlotte, with the Rockets getting something from the Bobcats.
  • Amare Stoudemire's move to New York was actually done as a sign-and-trade, Berger reports. The deal is five years, $99.9 million. The Knicks save about $800,000 on next year's cap as a result of it and the Suns get a trade exception and conditional future pick.
  • The Bobcats are in serious talks to offer either Luis Scola or Tyrus Thomas a contract. Both are restricted free agents and Berger says that Houston owner Leslie Alexander is determined to match any offer on Scola.
That's it for now, but obviously, much more to come.

Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 7:43 pm

Warriors, Knicks talking Randolph for Lee swap?

Posted by Royce Young

Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times reports the Warriors and Knicks are potentially close to a deal that would send David Lee to Golden State and Anthony Randolph to New York via a sign-and-trade.

The rumored deal would send Randolph plus "a few other pieces." The hangup? LeBron James. According to Thompson, if LeBron decides to go anywhere but New York, the trade has potential. Otherwise, it might die. If LeBron decides to go to New York, in order to make room for his max contract, the Knicks would have to drop Lee to free up the cap space. That would end the sign-and-trade possibility and GSW's shot at Lee. But if LeBron doesn’t go to New York, then the Warriors are in play.

As for what Lee might get, Thompson said the Warriors won't offer Lee a max deal, but GSW's ceiling is a six-year contract starting somewhere around $13 million.

Thompson also said three other teams have offers on the table for a sign-and-trade with Lee, but that's just if LeBron opts to play somewhere other than New York.

Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:24 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 4:40 pm

Signs pointing in the direction of NYC for LeBron

Let's take a small whirl around the churning LeBron rumor mill, shall we?

Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley tweeted at about 2:00 p.m. ET :

Breaking News!!! My sources tell me Lebron will announce that he will be goin to the NY Knicks tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!! So there's that. Chad Ochocinco also tweeted a little before that a "hint" telling where LeBron was headed:

#OCNNBREAKINGNEWS *Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink*only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6 I think I can put that all together there, Ocho. Also, Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported that LeBron is leaning New York . Earlier he wrote, "With a televised decision coming tomorrow night on ESPN, sources today continue to indicate that LeBron James is leaning toward New York." Newsday reported the location of LeBron's announcement will come from Greenwich, CT and as Brian Windhorst tweeted , though the location doesn't specifically mean anything, the whole thing still smells a little funny.

So there's more than one thing out there hinting that LeBron is leaning towards New York. But for whatever reason, it's just hard to imagine a guy planning a one-hour special just to rip the heart out of his hometown team. Doesn't that seem a little cruel? Or is that just me? LeBron is all about marketing himself and while this special certainly will have people talking, it just seems like bad PR to devastate your hometown. Now to do this TV thing and stay, well, that's good stuff. He's a hero.

So of course you start wondering if these rumors have been planted by LeBron's PR folks to stir up interest. I realize it's a little crazy to start looking at this as JFK II: The Free Agency Files, but I don't think I'd put it past anybody. If they'll go so far as to plan a one-hour announcement, I don't think it would be far-fetched to hype it up a bit. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweeted that the Knicks feel like it's Cleveland . So I guess in the end, nobody knows anything and we'll just have to wait until tomorrow. NBA free agency: A mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma.

-Royce Young
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