New Jersey Americans 1967-68(ABA)

New York Nets 68-72

New York Nets 72-77

New Jersey Nets 77-90

New Jersey Nets 90-97


Brooklyn Nets 12-
Brooklyn Nets HISTORY

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Quick facts:

Founded:                  1967  
Arena:                    Barclays Center
Ownership:                Mikhail Prokhorov, principal (80%)
                          Bruce Ratner, minority
Division Championships:   4 NBA Atlantic(02,03,04,06)
                          2 ABA (74,75)
NBA Titles:               NONE
ABA Titles:                2 (74,76)
Playoffs:                 19 NBA
                           7 ABA
                          26 Total

Why the Nets?
The New Jersey Americans were charter members of the ABA in 1967. The team moved to Commack, N.Y., the following year and changed its name to New York Nets, after one of the most important parts of the basketball game -- the net.

Also, Nets rhymed with other New York sports franchises, baseball's Mets and football's Jets. Before joining the NBA in 1977, the team returned to the Garden State, kept its nickname and became the New Jersey Nets

Looking for a Home:
The Nets have always been in the same geographic area their entire history, yet they have almost become the nomads of the NBA. Since 1967 the Nets have moved 8 times in and around the New York metropolitan area.

They began as the New Jersey Americans in Teaneck, New Jersey during their first ABA season. The following season they moved to Commack, New York and the season after that to West Hempstead, New York. They have also been located in Uniondale, NY and Piscataway, East Rutherford and Newark, New Jersey before moving to Brooklyn

By contrast the other NBA teams with state names in their name, Golden State, Indiana, Minnesota, and Utah, have not left their established cities; though the Warriors did play a season in San Jose while arena renovations were underway.

The Score-a-thon:
On Valentines day of 1975 the Nets and San Diego Conquistadors played arguably the greatest game in ABA history. Nets star Julius "Dr. J" Erving scored a career and ABA high 63 points in that game on an ABA record 25 of 46 shooting.

The home underdog Conquistadors would win the 4 over-time thriller 176-166. The game is the highest scoring game in ABA history and would be the second highest scoring game in NBA history. The 176 points put up by the Conquistadors would also be the 3rd most ever scored, the 166 by the Nets would be tied for 8th.

The tragedy of Wendell Ladner:
Wendell Ladner was acquired by the Nets near the end of their ABA days. He was described by teammate Julius Erving as "wanting to be Burt Reynolds with a basketball". He was a wacky teammate who always made jokes and eased tension in the locker room. Ladner died at the age of 26 in the June 24, 1975, crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 66. He was identified by medical examiners because he was wearing his ABA championship ring. For many years, the Nets listed his name and number in their list of retired numbers, though Ladner's No. 4 did not hang in the rafters with the other retired numbers. His number was also given to Rick Mahorn during his tenure with the Nets. In October 2013, a New York Daily News article explained that the number was never formally retired. However, out of respect to Ladner, Nets trainer Fritz Massmann had not issued No. 4 to other players for 17 years after Ladner's death.

Trading Places:
In one of the greatest oddities in NBA history, four players played for both teams during the same NBA game. This happened because there was a protest of a game played between the Nets and 76ers on November 8, 1978 and the replay of the game was done March 23, 1979 and in the meantime the Nets and 76ers had made a trade that sent Harvey Catchings and Ralph Simpson from Philadelphia to New Jersey and Eric Money and Al Skinner from the Nets to the 76ers.

This is the only time in NBA history where players started a game with one team and finished it with another. There have been several instances where games were replayed and players played who were not on the teams originally due to injures, suspensions and trades.

First D-Leaguer:
On January 7, 2002 the Nets signed Anthony Johnson of the Mobile Revelers marking the first time that a NBA team had called up a D-league player for a ten day contract.

Struggling to win:
Wins have been hard to come by for the Nets franchise, especially since they left the NBA. In their entire history they have won 50 or more games just four times, and 3 of those times where while they were in the ABA. The Nets lone 50+ win season in the NBA came in 2002 when they won 52 games and lost in the NBA finals.

The Nets have come close to getting to the 50 win mark several times in their history. In 1983 2003, 2006, and 2013 they came up just a win short and in 2021 they were 2 wins short in an abbreviated 72 game season

While wins have been hard to come by, losses have not. The Nets have lost 50+ games 21 times in their history, including 70 losses in 2010.

The Greatest Teams To Never Win An NBA Title

An often-debated topic among NBA circles is "Who is the greatest franchise in NBA history?". There are lots of very good teams to chose from. Could it be the team with the most NBA titles in 17, the Boston Celtics? Could it be the team with the most consistency in winning titles; the Los Angeles Lakers? Maybe it could be the most consistent team in terms of overall winning the San Antonio Spurs? The Warriors, Bulls, and 76ers also get honorable mentions. All these teams have one thing in common - multiple NBA titles.

One thing not often discussed is who is the greatest NBA franchise who has never won a title? The list is actually quite short, as only eleven NBA teams have yet to win an NBA title. Five of those teams to never win a title are recent having just joined the NBA in the past 35 years. Six of the eleven teams have yet to even make an NBA-finals.

Three of the four teams from the ABA have never won an NBA title, though the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets have both gotten close

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The story of the New Jersey Swamp Dragons

For most of their history the Nets have been one of the most maligned teams in the NBA. They've been the eastern conferences version of the Clippers. A team who habitually loses and does so many stupid things that it becomes comical. And if comedy is what you like that the tale of the New Jersey Swamp Dragons is for you. Swamp Dragons? What the .... are the Swamp Dragons? what is a Swamp Dragon? In the summer of 1994 the New Jersey Nets considered rebranding their franchise the Swamp Dragons.

To fully understand this you have to go back to the early 1990s. The league had just experienced its first full explosion into American society and pop culture. The 1980s had been great for the NBA, it added 5 new teams, and the Magic-Bird rivalry had driven fans to the arenas like nothing before.

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New Jersey Americans during their first season.

Dr J goes against Utah's Gerald Govan.

Julius Erving vs St. Louis near the end of the ABA.

Phil Jackson played 75 games over two seasons with the Nets. It is one of the few places he never won a championship

Kevin Durant (#7), James Harden (#13) and DeAndre Jordan (#6) meet Joe Harris at mid court.


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