Well its a sad day for the state of New Jersey today. Tonight marks the last game as the old NJ Nets. Next season they will start their residency in Brooklyn.
Now the Nets have never been the best basketball team. Hopefully Jay-Z will fare better with them in a new location. NJ just didn't work for them. They were sandwiched between NYC which has the Knicks and Philadelphia with its 76ers. Yet that doesn't mean they haven't had their fair share of good players or moments. Lets take a look at a few. (Thanks to the WSJ for the reminders)
Best Player: Jason Kidd
Best Executive: Rod Thorn. Traded Maubury for Kidd and brought Vince Carter in the mix
Best Win: Game 2 of the 2003 NBA Finals. The Nets 87-85 upset of the heavily favorite Spurs
Worst Loss: Game 3 of 2002 Conference Finals. Was up 25 to Boston and blew it.
Best Shooter: Drazen Petrovic
Best Rebounder: Jason Williams (before he went shooting people at his house)
Best Defender: Kidd (duh)
Worst Moment: Easily the worst moment in franchise history was Petrovic's untimely death. "Petro" as he was often called was only 28 years old when he died in a car accident in Germany on June 7th, 1993. For many Americans he was the face of the war in the former Yugoslavia. Petrovic reminded us that there were more important things than basketball while simultaneously making us forget everything other than his perfect shooting stroke. ESPN did a 30/30 documentary on this that is worth the watch.
So goodbye NJ Nets. Its been fun. We won't miss you too much... if we do you are just across the river.