Nets Continue to Build a Community in Brooklyn

Justin Rimpi

The Nets held their third-annual “Practice in the Park” in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday.

This event was open to season-ticket holders and is a great way for both players and fans to do something out of the ordinary.

The open practice was held on Pier Two overlooking the Upper New York Bay, and was full of Nets fans excited to have such an up close look at the 2019-2020 team.

This is also an attempt by the franchise to continue to build in roads into an area in which the team is still relatively new to. The Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012.

The players also enjoyed this experience because they had the opportunity to practice outside on what was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the city, and got to interact with Nets fans all throughout the day. 

"Just being able to be here, outside, we’ve got a great day and a great crowd. Hopefully it’s foreshadowing for a great season," Garrett Temple said. 

"Practice in the Park," was always an event which was well attended, but with the free agent signings of both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the event had the most attendees in its three-year existence. 

This event was also the first time the Nets donned the revamped uniform which will they will wear for about the quarter of their games this season. The "Statement Edition” uniform will be worn by the Nets during 22 games this season, and the overall design was well-received by the fans in attendance on Saturday. 

These "Statement Edition,"uniforms has a white BKLYN on the front, and has white stripes on a black background on the left side of the jersey.

The Nets players believe that these new jerseys, which have a street graffiti element to them, will be able to usher in a new era of Nets basketball spearheaded by Irving and Durant. 

More teams should hold open practices like the Nets did on Saturday. It is a great day for both the team and its fans, that neither side will not soon forget.