The Brooklyn Nets are a basketball franchise in the North American Basketball League National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was until 2012 located in East Rutherford, New Jersey and moved to the NBA season 2011/12 in order to Brooklyn.
Early years in the ABA
The franchise was founded in 1967 as the New Jersey Americans was one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association. Already in the next season were by a move to Long Iceland from the Americans, the New York Nets.
In their first season in New York 17 wins 61 defeats were against, by far the worst record of the league. Already in the next season they were able to significantly improve our balance sheet and made the playoffs for the first time, where she was defeated by the Kentucky Colonels after seven games. 1970 brought the Nets with Rick Barry for the first time a star player in the ABA to New York, two years later, her balance was the first time more victories than defeats and they succeeded in the final of the playoff push forward, where they were subject to the Indiana Pacers in six games. Then Barry left the Nets and the following season 1972/73 they reached only the first round of the playoffs. At the beginning of the 1973/74 season undertook the management of Julius Erving. He led the Nets to the best record in the league and for the first title. In five finals they won with him against the Utah Stars. 1974/75 they could enter with 58 victories, the most wins in the history of the ABA, but did not manage to defend the title it. In the last ABA season they secured against the Denver Nuggets the championship again.
As New Jersey Nets in the NBA
After the ABA finally switched over to 1977 season in the NBA. Even in the NBA, they settled after only one year over once more, returned to New Jersey and it created the New Jersey Nets. The team has this many removals never able to develop a larger fan base and heard, in terms of audience figures, the most unpopular teams in the NBA. This is due to the much more popular neighbor, the New York Knicks from Manhattan, due, despite years of poor performance still in the favor of the fans at the top.
The greatest successes in the NBA get the Nets in 2002 and 2003 when they won the Conference both times. In the finals they lost then the LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. The prominent players of the franchise at the time was Jason Kidd.
At the beginning of the 2009/10 season featured the Nets to an inglorious record. With the defeat on December 2 against the Dallas Mavericks, they lost for the 18th time in succession since the beginning of the season. Outperforming the record for the Miami Heat in 1988 and the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999, who had consecutive losses to start a season both 17 times. With their first victory on December 4 against the Charlotte Bobcats, they did not build this series continues.
Moving to Brooklyn, New York City
In 2004, the team was sold to Bruce Ratner, who announced to bring it to Brooklyn in New York City. The space provided Barclays Center, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, will be built on historical ground, at that place, which was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 and denied the centerpiece of an economic and social regeneration of run-down Brooklyn's supposed to be. Construction on the arena began on March 11, 2010. To bridge the time until the completion of the new arena in Brooklyn, gave the Nets announced that they would play from the 2010/11 season at the Prudential Center in Newark. On 12 April 2010, the Nets denied their last game in the Izod Center. With the defeat against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Nets left after 29 years, the Arena in East Rutherford. The Nets moved to the 2011/12 season - after 35 years in New Jersey - to Brooklyn to. After moving the Brooklyn Nets play their home games will be in the upcoming season by then newly built Barclays Center, a multi-purpose hall in Brooklyn, unsubscribe.
During the offseason, 2012, the contracts of Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez were extended. In addition, the more time All -Star Joe Johnson has been committed by the Atlanta Hawks.
During the 2012/13 season could be placed in a victory in an away game at 107:68 victory in Orlando on November 10, 2012 with 39 points difference, a new club record for the highest difference. The old record was previously held with 34 points against the Philadelphia 76ers (15 January 1986). After a good start to the season, the Nets were initially able to establish itself in the top tier of the Eastern Conference. In December, followed by a series of defeats and the Nets slid down into midfield. Thereupon, 2012 Head Coach Avery Johnson was relieved of his duties on December 27. Under interim coach P. J. Carlesimo since the 2006/07 season, the Nets managed to get hold fourth in the Eastern Conference on March 21, 2013 for the first time a place in the playoffs. There, however, they lost in the first round after seven games on home soil. Shortly afterwards, was the separation of head coach PJ Carlesimo, who took over as head coach of the team in December. Successor was the former Nets player Jason Kidd.
Shortly after the obligation Kidd's head coach gave the Nets the next player changes known. Per Trade the team secured the services of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, all moved from the Boston Celtics to Brooklyn. In turn left, among other things Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Marshon Brooks the club towards Boston. On February 23, 2014, the Nets Jason Collins gave a ten-day contract. This makes them the first American professional team that has an open homosexual as a player. Sales of Collins ' Jersey increased rapidly in height, whose revenues are to be completely donated. On March 5, Collins received a new ten- day contract.
In her time in New Jersey was the local Izod Center from 1981 to 2010 the home of the Nets hall. After the move to Brooklyn was concrete, the Nets decided the last two years in New Jersey to play at the Prudential Center. In summer 2012, finally, the company moved into the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Arena offers 18,000 spectators at home games the Nets.
The Izod Center in 2007
The Barclays Center at a home game of the Nets in 2012
An exterior shot of the Barclays Center