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Rap mogul Jay-Z was on hand last night (April 23) to help bid a final farewell to the last regular season for the New Jersey Nets before they head out to BK to begin their reign as the Brooklyn Nets next season.
Jay, who is a minority owner of the team, watched his Nets suffer a 105-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76eres.
Jay-Z was in attendance to watch his New Jersey Nets play their final game at the Garden State before heading to their new home in Brooklyn last night (23rd April). The ‘Girls Girls Girls’ singer is a part owner of the team alongside Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, and saw the side lose their game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The rapper was without wife Beyonce who he has recently attended a number of sporting matches at Madison Square Garden with to watch the New York Knicks. Jay wore a denim jacket and a pair of pink and blue trainers as he sat courtside sporting a “NY” cap. (Capital FM)
The night was highlighted with New Jersey Nets alumni.
With video tributes (members of the 2002 and 2003 Finals teams drew the loudest cheers at sold-out Prudential Center), memories permeated the night. Derrick Coleman laughed, noting how “whoop-dee-damn-doo” came through his defense of Kenny Anderson “so I blame him.” Kerry Kittles fondly recalled two trips to the Finals. And on and on. (New York Post)
Last September, Jay officially announced the Nets’ post-New Jersey team name.
On Monday morning, the entertainment mogul announced that the NBA Nets would have a new name once they take the court at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in approximately one year. “We’ve decided that the final name would be the Brooklyn Nets,” said the rapper who grew up only minutes away at the Marcy Houses and later at 560 State Street. (My Fox NY)
Prior to next season’s opening tip-off, Hov will headline a few performances to get fans accustomed with the new stadium.
Rap mogul Jay-Z will headline a series of concerts to open Brooklyn’s new Nets arena next fall – and will make it official Monday: The team will be named for his hometown. The superstar, who owns a small piece of the soon-to-be renamed Brooklyn Nets, will perform at eight concerts to celebrate the grand opening of the arena – where all-access passes are going for up to $15,400 a season. Jay-Z likely will be joined by his wife, Beyoncé – who by then will have given birth to the couple’s first child – at one of the shows, and will bring on a series of other performers, sources said. Jay-Z will appear with developer Bruce Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz to reveal details of the shows Monday at the Prospect Heights construction site. (New York Daily News)
Check out footage from last night’s final New Jersey game below: