The New Jersey Nets are getting the hell out of Jersey, just as the state’s Governor, Chris Christie, bids the franchise good riddance.
The Nets played their final home game at the Prudential Center Arena in Newark last night and the organization wasted no time in moving on as soon as the game ended. Billboards touting the arrival of the Brooklyn Nets are already up in Brooklyn. The team’s website redirects to a splash page featuring the hashtag #HELLOBROOKLYN and an ominous white shape on a black background.
The Nets haven’t unveiled their new identity yet, but insiders expect the team to get a new logo and new uniforms. The shield shape in the image to the right may be a teaser of the new logo. Some have speculated that it will be the shape/outline of the new Brooklyn Nets logo. The New Jersey Nets logo featured a three-dimensional shield, so it wouldn’t be a big departure; perhaps the Brooklyn Nets just want to take things back to basics. It’s unlikely the team’s colors will be just black and white (that would be pretty boring), but part-owner Jay-Z is known to be a fan of the color black.
The new Brooklyn Nets logo and uniforms are expected to be unveiled at an event next month. One person who probably won’t be in attendance is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. When asked if he was planning to attend the final Nets game in Jersey, Christie scoffed at the idea.
“I’m not going to the Nets game tonight and my message to the Nets is goodbye,” he said. “You don’t want to stay? We don’t want you. Seriously, I’m not going to be in the business of begging people to stay here.”
He added, “They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance, see you later. I don’t have any concerns about it, and I think there will be some other NBA teams who may be looking to relocate.”