It’s been awhile since we had our last Friday Flashback, and this time around, I decided to focus on the
New Jersey Brooklyn Nets. The Nets played their last home game in New Jersey this week, and they’ll be moving back to New York next season.
Discussions over their impending move have sometimes neglected to mention that they’ve done this all before, many many times (albeit without Jay-Z): the Barclays Center will be their eighth home arena. Considering that they are a comfortably middle-aged franchise at 45 years, that’s a new place to play every 6.5 years. Only the Hawks and Kings have moved as many times, but both teams have twenty years on those nomad Nets (including significantly farther relocations).
Bonus NBA Trivia #1: The Phoenix Suns made their debut just one year later and have only moved once. Amateurs.
Generally, I’m not a big fan of basketball or the Nets, but as you’ll see, some of their arenas have a special place in my heart. So without further ado, the complete retrospective of places that the Nets called “home”:
Remember the ABA? Yeah, me neither (sorry, Mr. Coworker, I know you hate when I point out that I wasn’t alive for things). Back in 1967, the New Jersey Americans made their debut in the league with a solid record, but the Teaneck Armory was booked during the playoffs. This forced the Nets to move to their next arena before they even ended their first season…but that one had “unacceptable playing conditions” and they had to forfeit their win-and-you’re-in game to the Kentucky Colonels. That’s kind of a sad story, and one that you certainly can’t imagine happening in this millennium, but I promise it’s 100% true.