Sunday, July 15, 2012

Brooklyn Nets Party at Borough Hall Quite a Scene

The Brooklyn Nets threw a party on Friday at Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn to welcome new player Joe Johnson, number 7,  and the recently re-signed Deron Williams, number 8. Nets General Manager Billy King (above right) told the crowd that now the Nets have “the best backcourt in the NBA."

Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson (left) talked about how relieved he was that the team had signed the two players.

Outside Borough Hall maybe a thousand people gathered, including excited kids from three summer camps, basketball fans and lunchtime gawkers. A crowd of folks came over from Metrotech.

The Nets "Experience" Mobile Unit (that big black truck in the background) where you can buy T-shirts and tickets played hip-hop music. Attached to the side is a regulation basketball hoop with a real working scoreboard and flat-screen televisions.

Brooklyn Nets announcer David Diamante practiced his radio voice while the Brooklynettes dancers presented an oversized cheesecake from Juniors. They were very smooth and showbiz.

BP Marty Markowitz, quite excited, talked trash about the Nicks. He said that the "Manhattan" Nicks fans sipped Dom Perignon but Nets fans liked Brooklyn beer. He added that Brooklynites who remained fans of the Nicks would be committing "treason."

People yelled players' names and applauded. Then came a crack that sounded like a gun, and white and black streamers shot out of a device and unfurled over the crowd.

All in all it was quite a scene and professionally staged.

For more about the sports angle, see the Brooklyn Eagle.

Photos copyright MK Metz

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Anonymous said...

Knicks getting old. Average age?