Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets – The Brooklyn Nets got their start in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association. Then the New Jersey Americans, the team became the New York Nets in 1968 and they maintained that moniker until joining the NBA in 1977 and becoming the New Jersey Nets.

The club enjoyed its greatest success in the ABA, winning the league championship in 1974 and 1976 with Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving guiding the team to 4-1 and 4-2 series wins over the Utah Stars and Denver Nuggets.

Erving moved on to the Philadelphia 76ers when the Nets were assimilated into the NBA, but New Jersey still found its way to the playoffs six times between 1979 and 1986.

The Nets procured their first NBA Finals appearance in 2002 with former Laker Byron Scott serving as head coach and current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd running the point.

New Jersey lost the series in four games to Los Angeles, and it returned to the Finals the following season, losing in six games to the San Antonio Spurs.

In 2010, the franchise was purchased by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov for $200 million. Prokhorov, who became just the second non-American to own a professional sports team in the United States, moved the team to the new Barclays Center in 2012. The team also changed its name that season to the Brooklyn Nets.

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