The sports nation is aflutter with basketball talk today (Sept. 26, 2011) as a very dapper Jay-Z took to the airwaves on Good Day New York to announce that the New Jersey Nets, which he co-owns, are being renamed the Brooklyn Nets! The change is in keeping with the team’s move to the rap mogul’s hometown. Check out the video interview and full story from MyFoxNY.com below!
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Jay Z: NBA Nets Renamed ‘Brooklyn Nets’
BY KATHY CARVAJAL
MYFOXNY.COM – When hip-hop mogul Jay Z has something to say, fans listen.
On Monday morning, the Brooklyn native 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. “I’m giddy right now.”
The Center which has seen its share of controversy from local residents who opposed its development will host a wide range of events from NBA games to college basketball to major concerts.
“I’m going to open the building with a couple of concerts… maybe like eight,” said Jay Z.
“This is something for everybody. This will have something in all price ranges. I think it’s going to be the most beautiful arena in the world,” added developer Bruce Rattner.
The rapper, music industry titan, husband of singer Beyonce and soon-to-be-dad, will now have plenty of reason to come back to his old borough. He told Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto that he was proud of his involvement with Barclays.
“It’s already created so many jobs… there are lots of vendors,” added Jay Z speaking from the plaza at Atlantic Terminal overlooking the Center.
‘When you’re from Brooklyn there is a certain moxie you have… a certain confidence,” said Rosanna Scotto.
“I like that. You know what it is, it’s deep love. Biggie had a line ‘spread love that’s the Brooklyn way. It’s a deep love we have for our heroes. We walk around with that,” added Jay Z whose real name is Sean Carter.
As for any surprises yet to come from the mogul and NBA heavy-hitter, “the Nets will have new colors, but we’re not ready to announce that yet.”
The 18,000-seat arena will have luxurity suites designed by Jay Z.
“We’re about 50 percent sold,” said Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark speaking with Good Day New York.