This past Monday night, the Nets played their very last game in New Jersey. Fittingly, they got destroyed by the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87.
Next season the Nets are moving to Brooklyn where, hopefully, the next 35 years will be kinder to them than their previous 35 were in the Garden State. (They went 1186-1635 there, good for a .420 winning percentage.)
So how do the good folks of New Jersey feel about their local basketball team hightailing it out of town?
According to Chris Christie, not all that bad.
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"I'm not going to the Nets game (Monday night) and my message to the Nets is 'goodbye,'" Christie said on Monday, before the Nets’ latest defeat. "They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance."
The governor’s salty reaction notwithstanding, you have to figure that New Jersey will at least sort of miss its team. Sure, compared to the Knicks the Nets were always an embarrassment, but the love that the squad got during the infamous Jason Kidd-fueled runs was legit. And really, is having no team ever better than having a bad team?
At this point, you have to figure that New Jersey hoops fans are sad/mad/irritated about the Nets’ departure, but that they’ll deal with it over time. If the Nets land Dwight Howard in their first year in Brooklyn, though, then all bets are off.