- Posted: 7:33 PM, April 24, 2012
Shortly after the Nets dropped their final game in New Jersey Monday night, a 105-87 loss to the 76ers at Newark's Prudential Center, the team’s website put up a new welcome page with a black background, with a blank logo and the Twitter hashtag #hellobrooklyn in white lettering, paying homage both to their new home and to one of Jay-Z’s signature hits.
The team also already put up billboards with the same image on them as it prepares to officially become the Brooklyn Nets on April 30.
After spending the past two seasons in a lame duck situation in Newark, Nets coach Avery Johnson said after Monday’s loss he was looking forward to getting a fresh start in Brooklyn.
“I was telling [Nets general manager] Billy [King] in our postgame meeting [that] I’m hopeful that the building in Brooklyn can have the same type of effect on us what Oklahoma City has done with their more from Seattle to Oklahoma City," Johnson said.
“Just having a crazy fan base that’s a sellout every night, that just gives you a home court advantage. The really top teams in the league like the Spurs, Oklahoma City, teams like that … they have it every night no matter how they’re playing. So hopefully we’ll have that, and hopefully we can play the style of basketball our fans want to see and we can win our share of games at home.”