Hey, it's not so hot today! It's downright pleasant, in fact. And it's a summer Friday and everyone in your office pretty much mentally checked out yesterday afternoon and jeez, man, it's summer. So get up right now and leave your desk and walk to Borough Hall, because there is proof that there's in fact a real, live new NBA team playing in town.
Actually, as a side note, a real, live team with the name "Brooklyn Nets" has been playing for a few days now, in the summer league in Orlando. Unfortunately, they haven't won a game yet: They're 0-4, wearing their "Brooklyn Basketball" shirts and running around Disney country. There arer likely to be quite a few roster spots at the end of the bench open, so some of these guys may actually be playing for jobs. The leading scorer is Al Thornton, the former Florida State player, but first-round pick Tyshawn Taylor, potential trade bait MarShon Brooks, and international man of mystery Adam Morrison are hanging around the team as well. So the Brooklyn Nets, in summer league form anyway, do in fact exist.
But the real players will make their debut today in Borough Hall, when Deron Williams and Joe Johnson hang out with the plebians from 1 p.m. on. Williams had to rush back from the Olympic "friendly" win last night in Las Vegas over the Dominican Republic — a game in which he had a team-high ten assists — to make the event, but you can see why the team would insist he make it. They've been waiting for this day for a long, long time.
Alas, there's no Dwight Howard with them today, but with that guy, even had the trade gone through it would have been a surprise to have him there today. The Nets have had events like this before in Borough Hall — we attended one during the lockout in which Billy King and Avery Johnson were not able to even say the names of the players — but this one has actual NBA players in addition to the Brooklynettes and Marty Markowitz.
Listen, it'll probably be silly, and if you want to go there just to make some protest about eminent domain, that's perfectly fine. But the Brooklyn Nets are here and are making themselves known and seen today. A couple of weeks ago it's possible this event would have featured Johan Petro and that raggedy old New Jersey Nets mascot. The reality is almost here.