Nets end 35-year run in New Jersey, head to Brooklyn
A fan holds up a sign bidding farewell to the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark on Monday night.
April 24th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Nets end 35-year run in New Jersey, head to Brooklyn

When the New Jersey Nets game ended Monday night, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" blared over the loudspeakers at the Prudential Center in Newark.

When the Nets play their next home game, expect "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" - from Nets co-owner Jay-Z - to be the song of choice.

That's because the NBA team ended their 35-year run in New Jersey on Monday night with a 105-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Come fall, the team will become the Brooklyn Nets and play their games in the brand-new Barclays Center in the New York borough.

The Nets have one more game to play representing New Jersey - Thursday night against the Raptors in Toronto - before this season ends, but Tuesday morning, even the team's website was looking ahead to the 2012-13 season, displaying a blank logo on a black background with the Twitter hashtag "hellobrooklyn."

A sell-out crowd watched Monday night's loss to the 'Sixers, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't there to give the franchise a nice sendoff.

“You don’t want to stay, we don’t want you,” he said at press conference earlier Monday.  “I’m not going to be in the business of begging people to stay here.

"Good riddance! See you later," Christie wished the Nets.

Others seemed to have moved on, too.

The sports front page of nj.com, the website of the Newark Star-Ledger, put the story of the Nets final home game in the city, in the 10th position, below even two items on the New York Knicks. The story was eight paragraphs long.

The mood was a bit better among the 18,711 patrons in the Prudential Center Monday night. The team brought back some its biggest stars, including Derrick Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Albert King and Kendall Gill, for the game. Current Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd, regarded as the best player in the Nets' history, recorded a message.

“Being a Net was a great time of my career,” Kidd said, according to a report in The Record of Bergen County. “And a great honor.”

Fans gave loud cheers when highlights of the team's two runs to the NBA Finals were shown, according to an ESPNNewYork.com report. But those finals runs ended in losses, just like more than 1,600 other games in the Nets record books.

And shortly after the cheers of "Let's go Nets" faded into silence Monday night, the Nets were indeed gone.

“Knowing that (the franchise) is not going to be here anymore, it’s definitely a sad day,” Coleman told The Record. “Just for the people here in the state of New Jersey. … it’s never going to be the same because it’s not here in Jersey.”

Star Ledger writer Dave D'Allesandro, penned the New Jersey Nets obit at the top of his column Tuesday morning.

"Pro basketball died here tonight after a long and excruciating illness. For much of its 35 years in New Jersey, it was an athletic institution paralyzed by trauma, triggered by a chronic gaucherie with spasmodic bouts of semi-competence.

"It is mourned by a few thousand fans who cared enough to notice the Nets for 41 nights a year, a few thousand others who liked the idea of good seats at discounted prices, a handful of newspaper guys now sentenced to watching that insufferable college game, and a mayor still holding out for a share of the parking revenue.

"The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Nets Center for Disease Control in support of those who suffer from the same masochistic devotion to blowouts and monumental failure."

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  1. Darth Cheney

    Isn't saying "Good riddance" to a sports team a bit beneath a governor's dignity?

    April 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanderer

      He ate his dignity a long time ago.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorgath

      It's Chris Christie. He believes that dignity shouldn't outweigh honesty.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muffy7

      what dignity? Does that obnoxious blog know what the word means??

      April 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarcNJ

      He has no dignity.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddale

      You can't expect more from Christie. People of NJ got what they voted for. No class.

      April 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George Washington

    Christie has no dignity!
    Begging? He gave the Revel casino over $200 million...
    What a typical hypocritical politician!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moosemeat

      He spends more than that on food a week.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Does it really matter? New York or New Jersey? Two sh%t states that nobody but the sorry folks that live there give a crap about!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sir real

      Where ya from Danny?

      April 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Native New Yorker

      Hey Dan: While we all appreciate your hatred, I just wonder where it comes from? Generally speaking, when I spout hate of a person, place or thing as you just did, it's because that person place or thing makes me feel inadequate for any number of reasons. Fortunately, this doesn't often happen anymore. Have a great day, buddy!

      April 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • chad

      I'd love to know what amazingly immune to criticism state you're from.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. elmar fudd

    New Jersey should say good riddance to Sr Christie.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lars Babaganoosh

    That russian dude who owns the Nets? He can rap, look for the video. Best video EVAR!!!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. This idiot..

    Pelé

    April 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Farty McCloud

    It is ironic that Gov. Christie cares so little about the NJ Nets considering they were formed 35 years ago when he and I were both stinking up a public bathroom in East Rutherford.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don

    "In lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Nets Center for Disease Control in support of those who suffer from the same masochistic devotion to blowouts and monumental failure" – are these anything like the ones in San Diego, Hartford, and Montreal (and, reportedly, soon to open a branch in Sacramento)?

    April 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. laeinstein

    should read New Jersey ends 35 years of Nets

    April 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerome Horowitz

    God saw fit to put the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, and we in New York are thankful for that!

    April 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    I can't wait until the day the NBA is finally done. It's a cesspool of overgrown barbarians sweating and grunting for millions of dollars doing no good for anyone. Their purpose is to entertain us, yet it is the people who are the ones paying them more than they are worth. We make them, we can break them. They are leaches on the shoestring budget of society. #AllProfessionalSports

    April 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GenXcynic

    Meh. They should have played "No sleep 'till Brooklyn" though...

    April 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred

    The team was instructed to leave any unwnated items and garbage in New jersey. It's end up there anyways.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    The team was instructed to leave any unwanted items and garbage in New Jersey. It's end up there anyways.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GenXcynic

    Oh yeah – take Snookie with you!!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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