When the Brooklyn Nets played their first game at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, they succeeded in bringing professional sports back to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers abandoned the borough in 1957.
Brooklyn Bounce chronicles the Nets’ historic inaugural season in the borough, full of highs and lows—plenty of them entirely unexpected. Sports journalist 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! Here, “Appleman’s wit, enthusiasm for his subject, and familiarity with the players lifts Brooklyn Bounce above most season chronicles” (The Boston Globe).
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Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
Pinnacle Is Prologue 1
1 There's No Place Like Away 11
2 Two Point Guards 23
3 White Team/Black Team 45
4 Rappers, Russians, Hurricanes 63
5 Brooklyn, Home and Away 79
6 The Battle of the Boroughs 101
7 From Christmas Coal to Carlesimo 125
8 Stars-Reluctant and Otherwise 149
9 New Stats, New Energy 165
10 No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn 181
11 Coming Attractions 197
12 Respiration 205
Epilogue: New Point Guards 225