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SBD/July 5, 2012/Franchises
Nets Sell 500 New Season Tickets On Day Deron Williams Decides To Re-Sign With Team
Published July 5, 2012
PERFECT MARRIAGE: ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said, “No team may ever have needed a free agent as badly as the Nets needed Deron Williams." Greenberg: "When you take into consideration what was at stake for their franchise ... the entire perception of the franchise completely changes. I think you can't overstate the significance to the franchise of the decision that Deron Williams made.” ESPN’s Mike Golic said Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and investor Jay-Z “want to win in New York and knock the Knicks off the backpage." Golic: "They want to be the team in New York now. I'm sure part of that was Prokhorov saying, ‘Do what you have to do, spend what you have to spend.’” Greenberg: “Guys like Prokhorov and Jay-Z aren’t going to be irrelevant” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN Radio, 7/4). ESPN.com's J.A. Adande said with Williams, Johnson, F Gerald Wallace and C Brook Lopez, the Nets are a "playoff team, and that’s an improvement and something to sell to the fans in their locale of Brooklyn” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/3).
BROOKLYN, BROOKLYN TAKE ME IN: TNT’s David Aldridge said of Williams staying with the Nets, “Moving to Brooklyn and a new arena were huge aspects of this. If they stayed in New Jersey ... he would probably be going to Dallas right now. That the fact that he’s going to New York and has a chance to really be the focal point of a team moving into a brand new building with an owner who thinks globally and has global visions for the Nets, I think that combination took over and was big in the decision” (“NBA Gametime,” NBA TV, 7/3).