When the Nets first moved to Brooklyn, they seemingly tried to distance themselves from their New Jersey days. However, in the last couple of seasons, they’ve changed course on that idea.
Honoring Their Time in the Meadowlands
The Nets released their “City Edition” jerseys with a hint of several details honoring their past in the Meadowlands. As they brought in a navy blue jersey with “Nets” across with the same font they used in the 90s, and on the side, they have the stars from their ABA jerseys and the stripes they wore during the 2000s.
Back when the Nets made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals. At the bottom of the jersey, they have all of the logos in franchise history.
On the shorts, they have several of the more prominent New Jersey Nets logos, but with a mix of the current Brooklyn logos.
On the court, they used the same font from the 90s at center court, and at the corners, they have the 2000s Nets logos with a “B” inserted to make it a Brooklyn-New Jersey mashup.
Next to the free-throw line, they have the same stripes that could be seen on the side of the jerseys the New Jersey Nets used to wear in the 2000s.
On the baselines, it still says “Brooklyn Nets,” but given how the organization has tried to distance itself from their New Jersey days in the past, it’s significant how far they went to finally honor their rich history.
Significance to Longtime Nets Fans
The Nets didn’t attract sellout crowds on a nightly basis at the Continental Airlines Arena/Izod Center, but the fans of the team were incredibly loyal despite being outnumbered by their crosstown rivals, the New York Knicks.
The stars on the jersey represent the Julius “Dr. J” Erving days during the ABA, as Erving was responsible for leading the Nets to their only two championships in franchise history up to this point, although they don’t count as NBA championships.
The “Nets” font represents the Drazen Petrovic days, as many wonder what could’ve been had he not tragically passed away in a car accident back in 1993.
The meat of the jersey, which is the navy blue and the stripes on the side, represents the Jason Kidd era when he helped lead a team of Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and Richard Jefferson to the NBA Finals in back-to-back seasons after the Nets being the laughingstock of the league prior to Kidd’s arrival.
Although he wasn’t a part of their Finals teams, Nets fans are also particularly fond of Vince Carter, who wowed fans with his dunking, acrobatic layups clutch shooting on a nightly basis while rocking the red, white and blue color scheme in New Jersey.
These jerseys give true Nets fans a chance to relive the nostalgia of the players who once wore these jerseys and the memories associated with them while appreciating the now with Kevin Durant and James Harden trying to lead this organization to its first-ever NBA championship.
It would be that much sweeter if Kyrie Irving was around to rock these jerseys, as he grew up in New Jersey rooting for the team he currently plays for. Hopefully, at some point, he makes his return and can rock these jerseys for at least a few games.
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