Naming the Nets

Monday, August 16, 2010

Will the Nets keep their promise and put "Brooklyn" in their name when they move to their new arena?  Matthew Schuerman, WNYC Radio reporter, gives us an update.


Matthew Schuerman

Comments [56]

Reginald Saintil from Elmont, NY

New York Nets or New York Kings,
Brooklyn Monarchs?

How about that!!

Nets fan since the Commack Arena/Island Garden

Where's gerald Govan?

Aug. 19 2010 08:38 PM
kyle nichols from Montgomery Village, MD

Everybody, Everybody, Everybody!!!!! about some history for my favroit team moving to one of my favroit areas of new york. New york (Brooklyn) has always been known threw out history for its train tracks, rail stations, and rail yards. 'Good evening everyoooooooooone!!!!!!!.......introducing your 2011-2012......BROOKLYN EXPRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and with the 1950 or 60's train logo with train tracks going down the side of the uniform.

Aug. 19 2010 11:15 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I dunno, Moshe--maybe "the Brooklyn Heights" just refers to the fact that basketball players are tall!

Aug. 17 2010 01:42 AM

What a fascinating range of serious, jocular, and cynical suggestions!

Besides my own (and others') suggestion of "Dodgers," I was particularly taken with Brooklyn Eagles because the previous linkage of the those two words in the newspaper's name makes it sound natural and with Brooklyn Kings for the play on the county name.

Brooklyn Heights deserves special credit for cleverness, but given the tendency of the rest of the borough to feel that the Heights is snobby, looks down on them (ahem), and identifies more with Manhattan than with the rest of Brooklyn, it wouldn't be the most diplomatic choice.

Let's hope for Dodgers and be happy with Eagles or Kings if we have to.

Aug. 17 2010 01:23 AM
Viggo from New York, NY

The Brooklyn Hipsters

Aug. 17 2010 12:44 AM
lucy from Fort Greene

The Brooklyn Boondoggles.

Aug. 16 2010 02:58 PM
Kitty from a Brooklyn of the mind

The Brooklyn Kings!

Aug. 16 2010 02:36 PM
Peter Barron from Upper West Side

My suggestions:

The Brooklyn Brass

or perhaps,


Aug. 16 2010 11:41 AM
Amy from Brooklyn

Respect for history sometimes leads to funny results, like the Utah Jazz. Maybe you remember when they moved, but most people are just stumped by the source of the association.

Aug. 16 2010 10:58 AM
Brian Gallick from Pleasantville, NY

The Brooklyn Bedbugs

Aug. 16 2010 10:55 AM
Laura from Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Pawns

Aug. 16 2010 10:52 AM
Amy from Manhattan

The Brooklyn Developers.

"Jams" is interesting, but then you could get opponents saying "Kick out the Jams!"

And I hate naming women's teams by adding "-ettes" to the name of the men's team. For one thing, "-ette" is a dimunitive, which tends to imply women are lesser. For another, it makes the women's team sound like a spinoff of the men's team, some sort of women's auxiliary rather than an independent entity. I love the creativity of many of the WNBA team names, esp. the Liberty, which works so well on many levels!

Aug. 16 2010 10:52 AM
Steve Crooks from Bloomfield, NJ

It seems like there will always be someone living in Brooklyn who remembers the shame of losing the Dodgers. They should know, more than anyone, that even relocated to the West Coast, they've always been the Dodgers.

Forget about semantics and pronounciation. Show some respect for history. Keep the name. The Brooklyn Nets.

Aug. 16 2010 10:51 AM
michael from brooklyn


I was thinking the Ballers!

Aug. 16 2010 10:49 AM
Amy from Brooklyn

Jeff - Bklyn Prospects sounds like an invitation to hire the players away.
Seriously, Hawks sounds pretty good. And as for being in hock . . ..

Aug. 16 2010 10:48 AM
Karen Staab from New Rochelle, NY

The Brooklyn Heights

Aug. 16 2010 10:47 AM
Laura from Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Beats!

Aug. 16 2010 10:46 AM
Jean-Marc from Manhattan

it's no contest:
'The Brooklyn Boondocks'

Aug. 16 2010 10:46 AM
Gilda from NY

Surprised no one suggested The Brooklyn Accents!!!!

Aug. 16 2010 10:46 AM
Larry from ex-Brooklyn

the Brooklyn Bums, or Dem Brooklyn Bums

Aug. 16 2010 10:44 AM
John from Ditmas Park

How about the "Brooklyn Neighborhood Wreckers"?

Aug. 16 2010 10:42 AM
john from office

The BROOKLYN EAGLES, like the famous newspaper.

Aug. 16 2010 10:42 AM
john from brooklyn

The Brooklyn Traffic

The Brooklyn Revolution

The Brooklyn Bums

The Brooklyn Boom

Aug. 16 2010 10:41 AM
BILL SOBEL from Long Island

what about The Brooklyn Dodgers?

Aug. 16 2010 10:40 AM
Jeff Neuman from Manhattan

The Brooklyn Prospects

(though I really like the Brooklyn Heights for a basketball team -- full credit to LM above)

Aug. 16 2010 10:40 AM

I think it should include NY not Brooklyn, after all while we like to think so, we are not in an independent city anymore... post 1889 we became part of NYC.

Aug. 16 2010 10:40 AM
Ian Lyn from ENY baby!

The Brooklyn Invaders

Aug. 16 2010 10:40 AM
John from office

BROOKLYN EAGLES, a historic name.

Aug. 16 2010 10:39 AM

Actually they were known as the New York Nets when they were originally out in Long Island.

I think they should be called the Brooklyn "Hipster Doofuses"

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM
Hugo from Brooklyn!

the Brooklyn Dodgers!

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM
Ash in Chelsea

The Brooklyn Bouncers

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM
oscar from Harlem

How about the carpet baggers!

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM
Jim from Brooklyn

I agree with Sid Block from Atlantic Yards. I came to the comments page not seeing his, but already thinking the Brooklyn Jams. If you take out the word "traffic", the name serves a double purpose, It might refer to the vital independent music scene in Brooklyn or it might refer to traffic conditions around the arena as well as along 4th Ave between Atlantic Yards and Shore Road. The established NJ fan-base might find the most direct (and non-Manhattan) route to be across Staten Island causing headaches on 4th Ave. and the Gowanus Express way. I am also blocks from the Yards in the North Slope,

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM
Trent from Queens

Brooklyn Basketball

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM

Brooklynettes sound like they should either be doing high kicks or be dipped in chocolate. Whatever, make it pronouncable.

Aug. 16 2010 10:38 AM
Unheard from Brooklyn

the Brooklyn Muscovites
the Brooklyn Oligarchs
the Brooklyn Theft

Aug. 16 2010 10:36 AM

The Brooklyn Heights

Aug. 16 2010 10:36 AM
RLewis from bowery

How many other pro' teams are named after a borough???

It's gotta be a city or state, and then some stupid mascot.

How about the New York Afterthoughts... or the New York Gentrifiers... or the New York Brooklynites?

Aug. 16 2010 10:36 AM
Rich K

Absolutely, let's grab back Dodgers. Those LA interlopers want a piece of us, they can step outside, after which we lock the door and laugh all the way to center court.

Aug. 16 2010 10:36 AM
paul colin from tribeca

The Brooklyn Accents... what else?

Aug. 16 2010 10:35 AM
james wade from Fort Greene

Brooklyn Ballers

Aug. 16 2010 10:35 AM
Erik from New York

Let's hope for a name with Brooklyn in it. That would be very cool. Two suggestions.

An "upgrade"

The Brooklyn Hoops

and keeping with the non-plural names like in the WNBA...

The Brooklyn Best

But I would have no problem with the Brooklyn Nets

Aug. 16 2010 10:33 AM
D from Park Slope

The Brooklyn Brownstones!

Aug. 16 2010 10:33 AM

The Brooklyn Eminent Domains

Aug. 16 2010 10:33 AM
Roberta from Clinton Hill

I don't mean to commit sacrilege (you tell me, Marty) but what about the Brooklyn Dodgers? There are other repeating team names out there between sports... Could this be our long awaited return?

And who wouldn't want their first name to be Brooklyn?!

Aug. 16 2010 10:33 AM
oscar from greenpoint

How about the Brooklyn Brawlers.

Aug. 16 2010 10:32 AM
Robert from NYC

The Feh-ts!

Aug. 16 2010 10:28 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

“Ratners Tax Dodgers”- Because Ratner’s development is evading payment of billions in real property and other taxes.

Michael D. D. White
Noticing New York

Aug. 16 2010 10:27 AM
Gabriel from Brooklyn

Although the entire situation is infuriating and sad I would hope whatever name the team uses is a Brooklyn name, like the Brooklyn Nets. I think Moshe's idea of calling them the Brooklyn Dodgers is pretty cool too. Nets isn't a very exciting name to begin with.

Aug. 16 2010 10:14 AM
Jay F.

The Netskys...

Aug. 16 2010 10:07 AM
s. dovas from Blocks from the new stadium

"The Brooklyn Traffic Jams"

"The Colossal Pains In The Rectum"

"The God-Help-Me-I-Can't-Get-Where-I Need-To-Be-Without-Leaving-Two-Hours-Early-On-Game-Nights"

Aug. 16 2010 10:05 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

“Prokie’s Plunderers,” “Prokie’s Pillaging Plundering Poachers” (four “P”s for pity’s sake), “Ratner’s Ravagers,” the “Development Decimators” or the “Despoiling Desolators”- For the reasons we set forth in our last comment.- This arena and land grab is interrupting the development that was bourgeoning in the area before Ratner interfered stepping in to halt development in 2003.
Michael D. D. White
Noticing New York

Aug. 16 2010 10:00 AM

Putting aside my feelings about the Ratner project as a whole, I think the best name is the obvious one. They should be called the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"Dodging" is even more apt as a description of the action in basketball than in baseball (and yes, I know that the name was originally "Trolley Dodgers") and it would be great to bring this hallowed name back to Brooklyn.

I don't know if the LA baseball team controls the use of this name for other sports, but if they do, one would hope they'd be gracious enough to let their old hometown share it. After all, if there can be Cardinals and Giants in both football and baseball, why not Dodgers in both basketball and baseball?

Aug. 16 2010 09:47 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

“Prokie’s Pilferers” or “Prokie’s Property Pilferers” Referring to the theft of land through abuse of eminent domain for the politically privileged Prokhorov and Ratner. (With the team as a ruse and without bid, the government with massive subsides has assisted Ratner and his new buddy in acquiring exclusive control over a total 30 contiguous acres or prime densely-zoned real estate.)

Michael D. D. White
Noticing New York

Aug. 16 2010 09:40 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

“Neighborhood Nyets”- Because of its multiple trenchant references to history. Not only does it echo the team’s previous name, it reflects that fact that the team’s arrival in Brooklyn is being achieved by only saying “no” to the neighborhood (which is being torn down). That “no” was accomplished only be resorting to importing into the equation the negative of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.

Michael D. D. White
Noticing New York

Aug. 16 2010 09:22 AM
Nathan Goldberg

2 names for the Brooklyn basketball team:

"Brooklyn Ratners"

"Brooklyn Destroyers"

Aug. 16 2010 07:32 AM

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