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If the Nets actually move to Brooklyn, should they change their name?

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Hannah Storm, co-anchor, CBS’s The Early Show: “No way! Long live Dr. J and the glory days of the ABA. And while you’re at it, bring back the red-white-and-blue basketballs.”

Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated columnist: “They should move to Brighton Beach and become the Nyets.”

Tom Arnold, host, The Best Damn Sports Show Period: “Brooklyn Fuhgeddaboudits or Brooklyn Ball Bustas.”

Gary Hoenig, editor, ESPN The Magazine: “The Nets have always played the blue-collar outsider role, the anti-Knicks—hard to pull off if you’re playing in the suburbs. But Brooklyn’s the true birthplace of modern basketball. Brooklyn Rocks might sound a little too eighties, but it has a broad baby-boomer-to-rapper reach and thumbs its nose at the whole Knickerbocker tradition.”

Len Berman, sportscaster, Channel 4: “They already went from New York to New Jersey and kept the Nets name. It’s not confusing. We’ve always had the Nets and the Jets, and now we have the Mets. There even used to be a World Team Tennis team called the Sets.”

Jerry della Femina, advertising man: “The Brooklyn Dodgers. It would be a PR coup. The headline The Dodgers Are Back is a hell of a lot better than The Nets Are Here.”

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If the Nets actually move to Brooklyn, should they change their name? What's your take?


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