Formerly known as the New Jersey Nets, the Brooklyn Nets are the first sports team to grace the streets of Brooklyn since 1957. In their previous incarnations, the team has won two Eastern Conferences. Currently, the Nets call the Barclays Center their home. The Nets share Barclays with professional NHL team, the New York Islanders.
The team’s mascot was superhero BrooklyKnight, until it was retired in the team’s second season. Marvel created this superhero and even generated a 32-page comic book about him.
Additionally, the Nets are one of two NBA teams representing New York City. The other team is the New York Knicks. Though the teams play in separate boroughs, fans are often divided on their favorite. Sports fans have called the Knicks-Nets rivalry a “clash of the boroughs,” due to the fact that each time plays in its separate borough. Additionally, each team has its own devoted fans.