Brooklyn Bounce: The Highs and Lows of Nets Basketball's Historic First Season in the Borough

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An in-depth account of the Brooklyn Nets’ inaugural season—and the meaning of professional basketball’s arrival into the urban center of Brooklyn—written by a talented New York Times, GQ, and Slam sportswriter.

When the Brooklyn Nets played their first game at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, they succeeded in bringing a major professional sports franchise back to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers abandoned the borough in 1957.

Now, Brooklyn Bounce chronicles the Nets’ historic inaugural season in the borough, full of highs and lows—plenty of them entirely unexpected. Jake Appleman takes us inside the locker room and courtside, examining the team’s transition from the New Jersey swamp to gentrified Brooklyn, from an opening night delayed by Hurricane Sandy to an epic seven-game playoff showdown with the Chicago Bulls.

The Nets were the game’s foremost paradox in 2013, a team that managed to be the most improved in the NBA, but also consistently disappointed. What made them interesting wasn’t their style of play or even their unique collection of personalities; it was their constant state of reinvention and their evolving relationship with their new home: as the Barclays crowds would chant it, BROOOOOOK-LYN!

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Jake Appleman has covered the NBA for eight seasons for Slam Magazine, GQ, Vibe, NBCSports.com, NBA.com, and most recently The New York Times. He lives in New York.

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The New Jersey Nets began life as the New Jersey Americans in 1966 in the fledgling American Basketball Association. Over the decades, the team morphed through a number of names and arenas, and in 2012, they moved to the Barclay Arena in Brooklyn and began life anew as the Brooklyn Nets. Appleman recounts the team’s tumultuous first year in the borough. The Nets are currently owned by an iconoclastic Russian billionaire who promises a championship in five years or he will get married! The stakes are high. So high, in fact, that head coach Avery Johnson was dumped partway through the season. Appleman chronicles the season-long roller-coaster ride in which the players struggled with their roles and the expectations of their owner and an enthusiastic, demanding fan base. The drama extends into the off-season when interim coach P. J. Carlesimo was fired and replaced by former Nets player and virgin coach Jason Kidd. Appleman’s account is a breezy, cautionary tale for modern sports fans in an era in which money trumps all, and owners who know nothing about the NBA meddle destructively. --Wes Lukowsky

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