The Nets will officially celebrate their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn and the opening of their new arena, the Barclays Center, on Nov. 1 when they take on the New York Knicks. The game will be Brooklyn's 2012-13 NBA season opener, and Nets big man Kris Humphries is excited for what that night will bring.
Humphries also feels the contest will be good for the game of basketball in New York:
"The NBA wants that,'' the Nets forward told The Post yesterday during a kids event at a Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA. "They want the big game. They want the fans going crazy. It's good for the game. I didn't expect anything else. I had a feeling we'd have the Knicks. ... Everyone wants to win their first game and with everything at stake - with the whole move, the fan situation, who's going to be in attendance. It's going to be quite an event. For us, we have to focus on just playing the game.''
The Nets spent 35 seasons in New Jersey, even making back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. But in September of 2009, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov bought the team, and in April of 2012, the Nets played their final game in New Jersey.
Since moving to Brooklyn, the team has adopted a brand new identity complete with a state-of-the-art arena, new uniforms and color scheme, and a brand new roster headlined by Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace.