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November 15, 2011

Nets Hold a Rally Amid a Lockout and an Uncertain Season

CityRoom
by Liz Robbins

While seven Brooklynites who'd been duped by phony promises of Atlantic Yards jobs were holding a press conference about their lawsuit in front of the district office of City Councilmember Tish James, The New York Times was on the case — covering a pre-packaged, phony New Jersey Nets "media event" at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Really.

On Tuesday, the day after one of the bleakest in the history of the National Basketball Association — when the players rejected the league’s contract offer, disbanded their union and the season seemed closer to being doomed — the Nets held a rally to promote their “Brooklyn Experience” outside Borough Hall.

This was for a team still located in New Jersey and that will play in Downtown Brooklyn next year in an arena now half-built — in a league that may not operate for the foreseeable future.

The gleeful scene amid such uncertainty, and under the threat of a new lawsuit, was a bit absurd, not to mention surreal, like a Mad Hatter’s tea party held under ominous skies.

Happy fans lined up to shoot baskets — most of them woefully off the mark — against the tricked-out 40-foot mobile promotional trailer that had television screens inside and screens outside showing video games in which the Nets played against themselves.

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NoLandGrab: Note to media — if the Nets dancers and Sly Fox are on hand, it's probably not a real news story.

Posted by eric at November 15, 2011 11:00 PM